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Date Posted: 13:33:24 10/18/09 Sun
Author: Cat
Subject: Sudden Lameness in Friesian- Favoring Front Leg

My Friesian has never been lame before in the past 2 years that I have owned him so I guess there is always a first time for everything. He is a 6.5 year old Baroque Friesian who is now favoring his front left leg which is swollen in the tendon and fetlock area with heat in the hoof.

I did limited work with him last week and nothing incredibly strenuous. He was completely fine through Thursday, not ridden (nor visited) on Friday. Saturday the sudden lameness was discovered maybe from some type of stall injury.

Currently, the vet visited this morning and gave me the basic "let's wait and see what happens" (so incredibly frustrating). There is more heat in the fetlock/hoof area than there was yesterday so I am really concerned.

Now we are in the middle of cold hosing and apply cooling masks to the leg which helps alot. He can walk on it whereas yesterday he could barely move. The trot was also better when the vet examined him than yesterday.

Could this be some type of locking up syndrome? but that would not explain the swelling unless it was edema. The farrier is due next week (7th week since last shoeing).

Could it be from mud fever as well? I really cannot figure this out. Most people are suggesting some type of Hoof Abscess which the vet said no to since there is swelling higher up in the leg. No ultrasound can be done until the swelling goes down. However, I will still get a 2nd opinion from the farrier.

I am also having a bit of a muck problem but nothing alarming and I should know after having him for 2 years. Could this cause sudden extreme lameness?

Thanks for your feedback! This is so frustrating!!!

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