The gist is that Bobby came in lame the morning of his farrier date. Farrier pulled the shoe on the leg he was lame on (RH) to look for an abcess. No cigar, but he said not to rule it out. Yesterday, he came in so lame, BM opted not to turn him out and BO called me.
I got to the barn and Bobby was hanging out in his neighbor's stall while his got cleaned. He was perky and happy and nosing my pockets for treats. His RH was also the size of my thigh and completely non-weight bearing. I immediately thought leg, but BM suggested abcess. His foot wasn't hot, but his leg was. I decided the best course of action was to cover all our bases and doctor both.
I trudged up to BO's house with my fellow abcess battling boarder to get hot water, and then dragged my hopping pony out into the aisle where he proceeded to paw with a front hoof and adamently refuse to put any weight whatsoever on his back hoof. I gave up on soaking after less than ten minutes before we both had full blown temper tantrums. I packed his foot with Epsom salt and wrapped him up. I put a sweat on his RH and wrapped his LH. He gimped back into his stall and tucked into his hay. Hubby and I watched him for awhile and occasionally he'd put weight on the bad leg. That was good enough for me to leave him for the night. I was worried more about his LH than anything, but I know he likes to lay down so I hoped he'd be smart and do that when his legs got too tired.
|weight bearing! hoorah!|
This morning, BM greeted me with the news that he was looking okay. That was a huge understatement. He was looking waaaay better! He walked out of his stall lame, but able to use his RH. I unwrapped him and poked around his foot to see if I could find a hole because his foot smelled. Not freshly blown abcess smell, but not very appealing either. I couldn't find anything, but I got a violent reaction when I prodded his heel. That was a good sign, but his leg was still warm and a little swollen.
I walked him around the barn a bit and while visibly off, he was weighting the RH without fuss. I stuffed his foot in his tub and got him to stand squarely. However, while I was grooming him, he was obviously not comfortable. Every minute or so, it was like his leg spasmed and he jerked it up. I'm sure it felt good to rest his LH, but it was clearly still hurting his RH. Poor pony. We got fifteen minutes of soaking in and I re-wrapped and re-sweated, almost getting my face kicked when I grabbed his heel to move his foot. Once his diaper, vet wrap, and duct tape bootie was on, he did seem happier to stand on it in his stall and he left his hay to come over to the door to get his goodbye cookie--something he couldn't/wouldn't do yesterday.
Fingers crossed it's just an abcess and the swelling in his leg will go down once it blows. I'll give him this weekend of the same treatment, and see where we are on Monday. If he's still lame, or nothing's come out yet, I'll probably have the vet out to make sure it's not something else.