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madisonfriday 08-28-2009 09:01 AM

Lame Hero ...First time horse owner
I got on today after three days rest - he felt fine to me at the walk and looked fine to my BO and horse friend. As soon as we trotted she could tell he was a LITTLE of on front right (does anyone agree??) This would make sense he did have a stone bruise two weeks ago maybe it got worse.

Any solutions?? I'm the biggest worry wort. Its only every few steps he takes a wrong one...
I got off did back stetches, neck stetches, leg stretches, and put pressure on all of the bottom hooves. No flinching...

Hero does flinch down sometimes when I put the saddle on but he has a bite and some rain rot that could be the problem?? I dont know any chiro near here any no one around uses one...

I told the BO to let me know when they farrier comes out for her horses so he can shave off a little and see if the bruise abcessed..

He gets his teeth done Sunday.

This video was from Sunday night...he didnt FEEL off but watching the video u can see

Should I just give him a couple weeks rest and then get back on and have them evaluate him again? He doesnt lunge to well the only way I could see it if I throw him out in the ring and make him trot around freely..

zurmdahl 08-28-2009 09:41 AM

Is the vet coming to do his teeth? Maybe you could call and see if he would have time to watch him trot around and see what he thinks.

madisonfriday 08-28-2009 09:58 AM

No a dentist :-\

zurmdahl 08-28-2009 10:04 AM

Hm. Maybe you could call the vet and have him out if the farrier doesn't find anything. You could always soak his foot, that wouldn't hurt. If he had a stone bruise like you said it probably did abcess. But whenever my mare gets an abcess she's DEAD lame, like can barely take a step forward looks like she broke her leg lame. But she's also pretty dramatic lol. I personally would have the vet out just to be on the safe side. Did you notice heat anywhere on his leg or hoof?

madisonfriday 08-28-2009 10:14 AM

Nope, yesterday after I notice he was off - I got off lol then did back stretches (no cracking), neck stretches, leg stretches, and put pressure on all hooves will my them, felt his legs no heat or swelling..

I just remember the farrier scrapping of the sole and finding a small you can see in the video he is ever so slightly slightly I can barely tell when riding him which makes it hard for me to stop riding him lol..

He does stock up if he is in his stall all day so I'm thinking he has some arthritis. I'll have the farrier check him again then the vet

zurmdahl 08-28-2009 10:21 AM

That sounds like a good idea :) Keep us updated! Dealing with lameness can suck, hopefully he gets better soon. Oh I forgot to ask, does he have shoes? It could just be that he needs front shoes, some horses just do.

eventerwannabe 08-30-2009 07:38 PM

My older TB gelding ws doing the same thing. He had gotten why to much sugar in his diet (from all the beat pulp he was getting [very hard keeper]) and get very minor Laminitus (sp?). our farrier was the one who discovered it and we got him off the BP and he was better in just a few weeks.

iridehorses 08-30-2009 07:56 PM

Restricting my answer to your question about his being "off" - I don't see it in the video (and I watched it several times.) I thought that perhaps he was at first but after watching the whole video, I think not.

madisonfriday 08-31-2009 09:19 AM

I'm thinkin he just looks lame?? There is no sign of sorness anywhere..

My best horse friends knows how hero is personally and he has balance issues and the ring sucks, dips and rocks so maybe in the video it looks like he took some wrong steps?

I got him lungin the other night and he looked fine.

On the other hand about too much sugar...I always thought the barn gave Hero a scoop of feed 2x a day...

ugh I went REALLY early for the dentist this weekend and she is feeding him almost a whole small bucket of FEED - thats feed I have to personal buy and haul and she was like Hero needs some extra I always give it to him - yes he is on the thin side but gosh dont give him so much at a time!!

I really hope thats not causing his lameness or I'll be mad - she doesnt run the barn but she thinks she does cuz she has 7 horses boarded there..and she feeds them all big buckets off mixed oats. I have Hero on sweet feed he should not get as much!

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