Can y'all help me evaluate my horse’s lameness? He came up lame at the beginning of a lesson on Wednesday and has been off work and buted since then except for a trail ride Saturday (which he was buted for). He has a previous history of bone spavin in the left hock and has received Legend injections. However, I do not think the lameness is related to the hock. It is very inconsistent and looks like the right front to me. I took these videos yesterday, he had not received any bute since Sunday am. My trainer thinks he has a possible bruise since the lameness is inconsistent. There is not any heat or swelling anywhere on him. I have called my farrier to see if he can come use the hoof testers to determine if there is any foot pain. Next step will be to call my vet but I am trying not to call over something simple which I am known to do
he does look more lame in the rear end than the front. Seeing him trotted without tack or rider would be more helpful, in hand in straight lines to and away from the camera, and longed in circles both ways.
Thanks everyone. Farrier did not find anything in the right front. However, he found some heel soreness in the left front that he thinks is possible thrush. Grover was very sensitive when you press with your thumbs around the heel bulb and in-between the heel. He treated it and I am soaking his foot twice a day.
The vet is coming out next week to give him another injection so I will have him re-evaluated again. I am unsure about the stiffness in the back end, he does have some hock issues but may have been compensating for the sore foot. So I guess I am still at a wait and see.