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I"ve never run into anything like this before. Last August I took my arab
gelding up to Kennedy Meadows for
a camping trip. We started out up a rocky trail. He stepped into a ditch
that 2 horses had just crossed, and
ended up on the other side dead lame, with a small cut across the front of
the left pastern, and a scrape on the
back of the cannon below the hock. I led him back down the trail - he used
the foot, but didn't like it. I
stood him in the river off and on the next 2 days til we went home. (Home
is a stall and paddock.) He was
slightly lame, but by the end of week, was perfectly sound. I hand walked
him everyday, and at intervals in
the next week I would ride him out at a walk on flat ground for no more
than an hour - in a few hours, the
fetlock and pastern would really puff up - but no heat and no lameness. (It
looked so bad at first that I used a
standing wrap on it. I stopped using that after a day or two.) I finally
gave up riding, and would just take him
on a walk twice a day for about 5 weeks. Once in awhile I would try a
small ride, and get the same puffiness
in that left rear. I finally had him ultra sounded - they found tendon and
ligaments to be fine. It's been 4
months now. I can walk, trot, and canter in the arena with no puffiness in
that foot. I ventured out for a short
ride late last Saturday - the ground was perfect - not too hard - some
trotting - the next day, there was some puffiness in that fetlock and
pastern only. Again, no lameness or heat.
What more can I do? What really gets me, is what did he do to himself? I
never felt the leg catch on
anything. It seemed so minor! HELP!
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