Can bruised heels make a horse 5/5 lame? UPDATE, ABSCESS!
I have a 5 year old OTTB who is a few months off the track and doing his layup at my farm.
Yesterday he came up suddenly 5/5 lame on a hind leg and I called the vet out immediately. My farrier was also there. Of course everyone is thinking abscess or worse. Nothing sinister came up on exam. Between the two of them, they strongly suspected some severe bruising in the heel area versus an abscess. The horse is a typical TB with low heels and has been barefoot behind and out on pasture, no work. It's wet here in CA right now, so feet are soft.
Can heel bruising cause such severe lameness?
Yes ~ Happened to one of mine ~ took time but fine now ~ JINGLES & AO ~
Yes !~ happened to one of mine
took much time ~ now fine ~
JINGLES & AO ~