Saturday, April 24, 2010

Mystery Lameness

Maise walked out of the stall this morning lame - it looked like the left front. No particular heat in either front foot, no heat or swelling anywhere in any leg, and normal eating and manure output overnight and this morning. Since we just went out on grass full day, as a precaution I had the vet come instead of turning her out with the others. Neither she nor the other mares were happy about this - Dawn spent a long time calling for her from the pasture.

The vet came and looked. No obvious heat or swelling anywhere in the feet or legs. No strong digital pulses - they were pretty normal. Sometimes the lameness looked like left front, sometimes a bit on the right front at the walk and trot. Looked very much like left front when turned to the left, not so much when turned to the right. I rode her two days ago and she was sound - she could have stepped on a stone. She was sound leading out yesterday morning. I didn't lead her in last night but had no reports of unsoundness. She isn't really all that reluctant to walk - not at all how she was when she had her concussion laminitis last summer. She has very thin soles, as was shown on the x-rays we took last summer. With hoof testers, it seemed like the heel area in the left front was sore, and the inside heel of the right front, but no specific spots that suggest an abscess. After that, it looked more clearly like she was lame in the left front, and the soreness on the right may just be a result of standing with more weight on the right to take weight off the left.

The vet doesn't think it's due to the grass. She suspects that Maisie tweaked some structure inside her left front, either when I rode two days ago or while playing in the pasture. She can go out to graze for an hour in the morning and then another hour in the afternoon (I guess I'm not done with having to go to the barn several times a day), preferably not when hard playing will occur. Bute morning and evening today and tomorrow and once a day after that, and precautionary soaking of the left front, and then we'll see how she does, better or worse.

Of course when I turned her out, all the mares came running to the gate to greet her and running and playing ensued - no harm done that I could see - she wasn't completely sound but seemed comfortable playing (even though she wasn't supposed to).

Who knows what's going on? I was planning to ride today, but that's not happening for at least the next several days. I'm off to the barn again to bring her in - she's not going to think much of that!


11 comments:

  1. Mystery lameness is the worst. Hope it resolves quickly and with as little drama as possible.

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  2. That sucks! I hopefully she just took a misstep and will be fine tomorrow.

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  3. Mystery lameness stinks. I'm sure she'll be fine soon, probably just took a bad step or has a slight stone bruise. A few days off and she'll more than likely be good to go.

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  4. Oh no :( I hope it's just a bruise from a stone as has been suggested, and that she comes right soon.

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  5. Oh, how I hate those undefined lamenesses. The only consolation is all of our horses have probably had them now and again. Hope Maisie will recover quickly. Could well be a bruise or a "tweak" as the vet suggested. I always figure three days will tell the story.

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  6. This is one of those times when it would be so nice if our horses could talk to us and tell us what's wrong! I hope she recovers quickly -- keep us posted!

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  7. Oh that just sucks! How frustrating when you can't figure it out. Hopefully she'll be sound in a few days.

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  8. OH Maisie - such a silly billy! Hope she feels better soon! :o)

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  9. Hope she's okay and that it's just a stone bruise. Hope you get to ride tomorrow.

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  10. I hope Maisie is doing better today! Sending good thoughts!

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