الأربعاء 24 أبريل 2024

How to Tell If a Horse Is Lame on a Front or Back Leg

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Your horse appears lame and is limping. Perhaps the signs can be subtle. Sometimes there is no obvious swelling you cant feel a warm area there are no cuts or other visible injuries so youre not sure which leg to examine more closely for a potential problem. But you need to determine which leg to treat or which hoof to examine. Here is how to tell whether your horse is lame on a front leg or back leg.
How to Tell If Your Horse Is Sore in a Foreleg or Hind Leg
First of all watch the horse as it is standing still. If it is lame and obviously resting but avoids placing weight on one leg that will probably be the injured leg 1 It might stand with the hoof tipped up on the toe or it might stand pointing the hoof forward of the normal standing position. If the horse is standing with one hoof forward this is called pointing. This can indicate a hoof problem or a lameness problem further up the leg. Sometimes a horse will try to point with both hooves. This means there is a problem with both. Horses with founder or those with navicular syndrome will also point and they may point more than one hoof at a time and have a general appearance of discomfort.

Identifying Forequarter Lameness
Watch the horse as it is ridden on a loose rein or trotted in hand in a straight line on a loose lead rope over firm level ground. If the horse is lame on a front leg the horse will dip its head downward 1 If the horse pops its hip slightly upward the lameness is in the hindquarters or back legs. If a horse is obviously lame on both front or rear legs there may be no head bob. Their