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Lame on her front right
The last couple of weeks, while riding my horse, she goes lame. She's just fine until we canter, even if it's only for a minute. She throws her front right for the rest of the ride, which is usually when I turn back or bring her back to the barn. She's in a very rocky pasture, so I'm not sure if it's a bruise or abcess. How can I check for a bruise or abcess? Is there anything else that you would suggest me checking?
I'd stop riding her for now, until the prob is sorted. Certainly don't canter her, as you've already established this hurts her the most. If out riding, it's also a good idea to get off & not continue riding if your horse becomes lame.
If her feet are reasonably healthy, she shouldn't have a prob with rocks in her pasture, but if her soles are thin, bruising & subsequent abscesses are certainly a possibility, rocky trails or otherwise. Usually bruising - & definitely abscesses IME don't just show up at the canter, so it's probably not(only at least) either of those things. Is she shod? Have you asked the farrier? Have you considered a vet?
She is shod in the front, the farrier just came about 2 weeks ago, but she wasn't limping then. The vet is kind of complicated. Since its not bothering her while just walking around or during lessons, the owner probably won't have the vet come out for financial reasons
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Is it possible that you could ring a vet or farrier and ask about it? That way its only costing a phone call. :-D She could have a lame leg not hoof. :-D Good luck!
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Well what me and the owner said today was we would put her on a cycle of bute for 4 days, and I would ride her on the 5th without it and see if she goes lame. If she still does then I will stop riding her for 3 weeks and see where it goes from there.
I just hate to stop riding her, not for the reason that I don't get to ride because I have another horse I ride regularly, but she loves to go on rides. And I just now started getting her comfortable with me. But we'll just see
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