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    The other night we were expecting severe weather, so thought it best to bring the ponies into the barn.

    Went to get the first three from the front field and candy the fifteen year old walked over to me dragging her right front toe. Like she couldn't get her foot high enough off the ground.

    was walking better by the time I got her in her stall but, still dragging her toe. I checked her over but, couldn't find swelling or anything else unusual

    Next morning went to the barn expecting the worst but, she has seemed normal ever since.

  • #2
    Originally posted by exie4me View Post
    The other night we were expecting severe weather, so thought it best to bring the ponies into the barn.

    Went to get the first three from the front field and candy the fifteen year old walked over to me dragging her right front toe. Like she couldn't get her foot high enough off the ground.

    was walking better by the time I got her in her stall but, still dragging her toe. I checked her over but, couldn't find swelling or anything else unusual

    Next morning went to the barn expecting the worst but, she has seemed normal ever since.
    Might have been kicked in shoulder or upper leg or stepped wrong and strained something slightly?
    Colored Cowhorse Ranch
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    • #3
      maybe her leg fell asleep
      don't know if that even happens to horses, but when my dog's leg falls asleep she'll drag her paw
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      • #4
        No concern about ring bone as my gelding would drag his toe some when diagnosed with ring bone.

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        • #5
          A young gelding that I raised years ago exhibited those same symptoms once. He came in for PM feeding dragging one of his front legs. Terrified that he had broken something, I called my vet immediately, who assured me that he had likely hit the nerve that runs down the point of his shoulder (can't think of the name if it at the moment), possibly by running into a tree or fencepost doing what horses do. He equated it with a person hitting their funny bone. My wise vet was right.....by the next morning my gelding was completely back to normal!

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          • #6
            Had the same thing happen - found our then brand new gelding dragging one front leg, I was sure he'd fractured his shoulder. Vet advised 10 cc banamine - in minutes he was fine. Pranged his radial nerve.
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            • #7
              This has happened to my horse twice since last summer. Both times it appeared after being turned out all day and both times it had resolved by the next day. He never seemed to be bothered but it, but it was very scary for me!

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              • #8
                I had a month or so old foal who got run over by his mother and it completely paralyzed one of his front legs.
                We thought for sure something was broken or otherwise terribly wrong, but when the vet came out said, after palpating his entire leg and shoulder, that she felt nothing wrong. She explained about the possibility that the nerve was pinched.
                Little Kai was up on the rest of his feet within an hour and cantering with the one leg held just out of the way by the next morning. A few days later he was good as new .
                Good luck with your mare. Hopefully it was just as simple.
                "Reason is, and ought to be, the slave of passions." David Hume

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by pegasusmom View Post
                  Had the same thing happen - found our then brand new gelding dragging one front leg, I was sure he'd fractured his shoulder. Vet advised 10 cc banamine - in minutes he was fine. Pranged his radial nerve.
                  This also happened to a mare at a stable I sued to board at. Though she had some swelling as well, so it took a few days for her to be completely back to normal. But she went from "Oh %#&! I think she broke her shoulder!" to just fine in a remarkably short period of time.
                  "In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming part dog."
                  -Edward Hoagland

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                  • #10
                    Me too - happened to one of my horses who plays rough with his buddies. I had seen them all running around the pasture, but when I went out to feed he was dragging that front leg. Very scary, but I had just read an article about radial nerve damage caused by a kick and sure enough he was fine the next day.

                    Hope that's it ?

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                      #11
                      Thanks, for all the information on the possible cause and, reason my pony had such a quick recovery.

                      I had never had anything look so bad, recover so quickly and I'm betting it was the radial nerve. She is still fine and was snorthing and tearing around this morning. .

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