On Friday afternoon, my 24 y/o QH gelding came up extremely lame, grade 5, not wanting to put any weight on his left hind leg, hopping right off it when he had to walk, not putting the heel down. Immediately, I checked his hoof and found nothing–nothing stuck in it, no bruising, no heat, no evidence of a blowout or abscess… I continued up the entire leg and found no swelling, no heat, no pain reaction. Called the vet out and and had him looked him over, pared the hoof around the frog a bit looking for softness or evidence of drainage/bruising…NOTHING! He did not react at all during his exam. He did not react to hoof testers. I am absolutely baffled, but extremely concerned because he is still very sore. He is stalled and on bute and is now putting weight on the leg to move, but basically nothing more. It’s been 4 days and I still do not see any evidence of pain/reaction. I’m also soaking the foot, just in case there’s an abscess deep in there, daily.
Has anyone experienced anything similar or know where to start looking for the issue?!
He is barefoot and was trimmed a little over one week prior to this. He was also adjusted two days prior to the lameness. I’m still waiting (praying at this point) for an abscess to show up.
He was adjusted because he was off in the hind end, had right hip/leg rotated in. He was adjusted once a couple weeks prior to this last adjustment and was doing well.