Monday, November 9, 2015

Beautiful Girl is Lame

Today, it's my turn again--my turn for bad news.  I found Beautiful Girl limping.

No heat, swelling, abrasions.  Nothing.  I'd say she's 4/5 to 5/5.  She can walk a little on the back right, but doesn't want to bear weight.  She's eating, drinking and acting normal, except for the lameness.

I put her in a stall and observed her until I had to come to work, and  I'm going to have my farrier come out and test her hoof for an abscess.

Wish me luck.

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  1. I'm sorry to hear about Beautiful Girl. I hope it isn't anything serious.

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    1. Me, too. I hate having to be at work and away from her right now.

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  2. Will keep your girl in my prayers...sounds like an abscess to me. *fingers crossed*

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    1. I hope so. I don't even want to think about the alternative yet.

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  3. Well, darn it all :(
    It's odd to hope for an abscess, but that's what I'm keeping my fingers crossed for. Let us know what the farrier says.

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    1. I so hope it's an abscess--best case scenario. It's the muddy, slippery season--so a fall isn't out of the question, but I didn't see any signs of mud on that side of her body--no heat, swelling, abrasions. She's never had one health issue all these years, but she is overly confidant and always challenging the order. I really don't think it was a kick though.

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  4. My bet is abscess. At least I hope so! Crossing my fingers for you. I would hate for it to be anything more serious.

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    1. Me, too!! An abscess seems reasonable. She's been lifting it up and holding it though. Do they do that with abscesses?

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  5. My bet is abscess. At least I hope so! Crossing my fingers for you. I would hate for it to be anything more serious.

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  6. I bet abscess too. Irish used to get them all the time.

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    1. I hope so. When I left, she was walking on her toe--or limping on the toe of the bad foot and holding it up sometimes. I have heard they'll do that with abscesses. She lets me handle it really well--almost as if she's saying, "Fix it, please."

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  7. Sounds like an abscess to me. Hope it bursts and she feels better soon.

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  8. I'm sorry to hear she's come up lame; glad your farrier is able to get out soon - having the farrier use the hoof testers always somehow made me feel more confident what to focus on.

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    1. I trust my farrier more than any vet when it comes to lameness. He'll be here in an hour.

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