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    Hi all,
    my horse has come up mild lame on her left fore leg. She was mildly off about two weeks ago for a couple days (November 19-20), could only mildly feel it under saddle was not visible. 4 days later she appeared to be 100% sound and we went to a show and she worked very well with no hint of lameness and rode her all the week after with no issue. Fast forward two weeks ago, about 4 days ago I felt something off again not lame but just a little hitch in one direction but was not 100% sure...she did not work very well that day. Yesterday I hopped on her again to see where we were at. and she was visibly lame in her left hand turns and a left circle. She appeared fairly sound in straight lines when hand jogged. Leg from just below knee to hoof (including hoof) is warm compared to the other leg. No swelling, no wounds or nothing wrong with the hoof as far as I can tell. Would I be correct in thinking abscess due to the heat in the hoof/lower leg? However she is only really lame in the turns and the lameness is very inconsistent? Wouldn't an abscess be a more consistent lameness? Any other suggestions? TIA

    Could still be an abscess, but hoof testers would give you a clearer picture of that. Soaking and hand walking will help it erupt if it is, and are unlikely to hurt if it’s something else.


      An abscess on the outside part of her front left could cause her to be off when turning left, but better when going straight or turning right. I've seen them present like this. I agree with the above to poultice and turnout/handwalk as much as possible I like warm Animalintex, topped with vet wrap and then a duct tape boot.
      I've spent most of my life riding horses. The rest I've just wasted.


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        Originally posted by SolarFlare View Post
        An abscess on the outside part of her front left could cause her to be off when turning left, but better when going straight or turning right. I've seen them present like this. I agree with the above to poultice and turnout/handwalk as much as possible I like warm Animalintex, topped with vet wrap and then a duct tape boot.
        Yes, I was thinking of that, however she is shod with snow pads that makes it difficult...would soaking in epsom salts be a good idea?


          Originally posted by palomino75 View Post

          Yes, I was thinking of that, however she is shod with snow pads that makes it difficult...
          I top my whole system off with a hoof boot as mine is shod all around too. A couple times though the farrier has had to pull the shoe as with days of soaking it wasn't resolving. You'll definitely have a quicker resolution if you can get the farrier to pull the shoe so your poultice can make direct contact.

          If you don't have any hoof boots, I've been using the Cavallo Simple Boots for several years over top of shoes and they've held up great, even in turnout (using only when soaking for abscesses, not full-time year-round).
          I've spent most of my life riding horses. The rest I've just wasted.


            Could also be a soft tissue injury given the intermittent presentation. I'd have the vet out and stop riding the horse.


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              Originally posted by joiedevie99 View Post
              Could also be a soft tissue injury given the intermittent presentation. I'd have the vet out and stop riding the horse.
              Horse is not being ridden any more. Will be assessing her tomorrow to come up with a game plan