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What could cause a horse to be limping on his right front leg? What could cause a horse, who stumbled and fell to his knees, to limp? If your horse suffers from limping or lameness, you may have questions which need timely answers. It is important to know whether or not consulting a veterinarian is necessary or if the issue may be taken care of at home. Online Experts are available to offer customized solutions. Read below where Experts have answered questions for horse owners.

What would cause a horse to limp when there appears to be no sore spots on the leg and nothing stuck in the hoof?

This horse is most likely suffering from a hoof abscess, which is a pus-filled pocket within the hoof, usually located under the sole. The lameness from an abscess can happen overnight, and be very dramatic. Most often horse owners believe the horse’s leg is broken, when in reality it is only a hoof abscess.

What could cause a horse to be limping on his right front leg?

Case Details: The horse does have a hard, small lump two inches below the knee on the inner left side. The hoof looks fine. There is some swelling toward the front of the horse’s right front leg.

The hard, small lump could be a soft tissue bruise or a bone bruise due to a concussive injury. If this is the cause of the horse’s lameness, it is likely the horse would be in a great deal of pain when pressure is applied to the swelling. Some horses that are mildly lame due to a bone bruise or stress fracture of the cannon or splint bones, tend to show gradual improvement of lameness and shrinking (usually not to normal size) within four to six weeks with minimal care, such as, rest, liniments, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories. For horses that are very lame or lame on turning, the lower limb should be looked at for the cause of lameness being foot-balance, sole bruises, foot abscess, thrush, white line disease, side bones, pastern joint arthritis, or heel pain syndrome. For proper foot balance, the foot should land level when traveling in a straight line, the dorsal hoof should form a straight line with the pastern when viewed on profile, the coronet should be parallel to the ground surface when viewed from the front, the heel bulbs should be no more than 1.5 cm behind the ground surface of the heel, and the ground surface of the sole should be concave. If the horse has improper balance and it has been six weeks since horse’s last trim, the horse may benefit from a trimming.

What could cause a 23-year-old horse to limp, act as if all legs are stiff and hard to walk on, and want to lay down most of the day?

This horse has likely developed laminitis. This is where the coffin bone’s attachment to the inside of the hoof becomes inflamed and begins to separate resulting in pain and difficulty walking or a really stiff looking gait. The laying down is a symptom of laminitis because the horse will want to keep off sore hoofs as much as possible. The diagnosis would need to be confirmed with a veterinarian who can assess the horse and take radiographs of the hoofs to evaluate the degree of rotation of the coffin bone away from the inside of the hoof. The veterinarian can also provide the best treatments options, and prognosis for the horse’s long term pain.

What could cause a horse, who stumbled and fell to his knees, to limp?

This limp is most likely due to a sprain. The horse should be given 2mgs of Butazolidin two times a day, and confined to a smaller space to allow time for healing. The Butazolidin will decrease any inflammation that is causing discomfort. If after one week, the horse is still having trouble, then a veterinarian should be consulted.

What is causing a horse to suddenly limp that has had no known injury?

If there was no known injury, then the limping is likely because of the hoof. Eighty percent of all forelimb lameness originates in the hoof. The short duration indicates the pain associated with the problem has only recently begun. It is likely the horse sustained an injury which has caused the lameness. The only way to find out where the lameness is coming from is to have a veterinarian to perform a lameness exam.

Horses are an important part of many people’s lives. If your horse is in pain or becomes injured, a trip to the veterinarian is not always convenient or possible. It is important to know where to turn for accurate, reliable answers to all your questions. If you have other questions regarding horse limping, online veterinarian Experts can assist you day or night, at your convenience.

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