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Date Posted: 15:00:29 10/30/09 Fri
Author: Randy
Subject: Sudden Lameness in Friesian- Favoring Front Leg
In reply to: Cat 's message, "Sudden Lameness in Friesian- Favoring Front Leg" on 13:33:24 10/18/09 Sun

I had a very similar experience 3 weeks ago that we noticed right during a show. We scratched as soon as we noticed. The funny thing is during a show you immediately think, Oh no, I hurt my horse. muscles, tendons who knows! So I decided to call the vet right away.
He used these squeezy things like giant pliers and he pressed on the outside against the inside of the hoof wall with them and you could see her flinch when he sqeezed certain areas. Then he pulled the shoe, and you could see she had instant relief when the shoe came off. She was in a lot of pain. Then he scraped some of the hoof area on the bottom and we soaked every day twice day for ten days and packed it with some stuff. She seemed all better 2 days later but I still soaked and packed every day. Good quiet time with your horse!! Put some music on and have a drink. 3 songs equal ten minutes!

He said there's been a lot of abscesses lately around here because of the wet weather.


>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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