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Could she have arthritis?
My horse has been acting stiff and acting like it`s hard to turn,has an awkward gait, and isn`t near as entergetic as when we got her. We`ve tried to give her the midicine called mute or muce or something in her food and she refused to eat it.She has no hot spots anymore (she did about 2 months ago when i thought she could be lame). I don`t hear any kind of crunching or cracking and she isn`t resenting movement. I tried riding her for about 10 min and she was really shifty, sometimes i could feel her feet being awkward sometimes it felt fine. I tried to trot but all i got has a small jog-trot and i didnt want her to hurt herself just in case. I think if she does have arthritis it`s in her front left foot. When we pick her feet out they dont touch her body which i`ve heard was a symptom but i`m not sure...
Refusal to lift front left hoof
Acting up with farrier (Never happened with her she`s always good)
Bringing her back feet up to far
Tripping alot and Struggling not to trip
Get a vet!
Not sure why the arthritis would just suddenly show up....you usually see a progression not a sudden onset. Is she dehydrated? Pinch the skin on her neck....if it stands out she's dehydrated and NEEDS fluids given. Doesn't matter if she has water in front of her 24/7....she can still be not drinking for some reason. We just went thru this with a pony and almost lost her....
I have to 2nd the take her to the vet. I probably wouldn't have waited for a 2nd opinion on this and especially not from a forum where we can't actually see your horse and what's going on with her. (and I'm notorious about not calling if I don't think it's anything major....)
I see from other posts that you've had her a few months & did not get a prepurchase exam. Also a remote history of founder. Have you been limiting her grass intake?
She could have arthritis or some other problem that was under control with bute &/or some other supplement or diet by her previous owners but has now appeared. It could also be something new but without a vet exam you may never know.
The money spent on a pre-purchase could have prevented what you & her are going through now. Is she papered? If not do you really know how old she is?
I'll never understand why some people don't get a PPE. They weren't invented to get vets money.
No energy-indicate problem
Slight swelling-indicates problem
Refusal to lift front left hoof-indicates problem
Awkward Gait-indicates problem
Acting up with farrier (Never happened with her she`s always good)-indicates problem
Slight temperness-unsure what this means, fever or grumpy?
Bringing her back feet up to far-indicates problem
Tripping alot and Struggling not to trip-indicates problem
With this list of symptoms what makes you think the vet will say she is fine? If he/she does then you need a new vet.
:? ======> :shock: where's the vet?
I strongly agree with everyone.
Especially with the lack of energy, get a vet ASAP. That sounds like more than arthritis.
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