Major is limping
he developed this limp yesterday. its in his right front leg. i dont see any visual evidence of an injury. his pasture is pretty bare right now...muddy, a few rocks and sticks. although we have been working on the barn so there are boards laying around. IDK if you need all that info or if you need more...but I was wondering if there is anything I need to be checking for that maybe I (a first time horse owner) may not know to look for? any suggestions are welcome and appreciated!
oh yeah and I forgot to add that he doesnt have shoes on. I had them taken off about 4 months ago.
My experience is that sprains are much more common in muddy pastures and paddocks than hoof/sole problems, especially for young and playful horses. It's been very wet and muddy this fall/winter around here in NC and both our young mares had sprains within the last couple months.
Check for swelling, heat, or pain around the joints. Usually you can easily see and feel the swelling after a day, but I have seen times where I could not find any obvious swelling, too.
Do check the sole for a puncture or for any tenderness. As you have boards lying around you may also have a stray nail etc.
You can squeeze around on different spots on the leg to see if you get a reaction to pain. If you do, leave that spot then return to it to see if you get it again. Hopefully your horse will be fine in a few days.
I live in NC also...so ive been dealing with a muddy pasture for some time as well. today when I check it I will try and figure out where the tenderness is. ty both very much!!!
maybe theres a rock stuck in his hoof? might wana check his hooves for any that he might of picked up.
Major seems to be doing better today. he has less of a limp. so i guess that means its nothing serious, right?
I'm not a vet, but if it is a sprain, less limp is indeed better. Watch out, though, if he's like our young mares, as soon as they start to feel better, they start running around again and can reinjure it. We confine our sprained mares to a small paddock with good footing or a stall for a couple days and then wrap the joint and do some walking in hand. They've always healed up in about 5 days and put them back on the trail after 2 weeks.
If it gets noticeably worse, or doesn't keep improving, time to call the vet in.
Probably. ;) Abscesses can come and go, btw.. But hopefully he is fine.
that happened to mine yesterday, but the ground is solid. and it happened after a ride, was his leg not bending when he walked? becuase thats what happened to mine, also when she put any weight on it, it started to shake?
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