Well the grey donkey is in today munching on his mountain of hay and gazing out at the rain.
First time he’s ever had to spend the day in. He’s hopping like a drama queen on his off-fore and giving me sad eyes.
Very worried me.
I had the farrier out on Monday night who gave a good trim and put on a full set and even commented on how well and improved H’s feet were…happy me. He’s been barefoot and a field ornament for nearly a month now and very happy in himself, never a lame day with my donk.
Then horse went out all day yesterday, I didn’t notice anything yesterday morning but I do turn out in the dark in a bit of a rush so as long as he’s bright eyed and eating breakfast and still had 4 legs, I don’t have time for much more of a check that early in the morning. That said I think I’d have noticed something major, but I’m doubting myself now as it was dark and he walked out to his field without a bother after breakfast….but maybe I wasn’t looking closely enough
Sooooo……he comes in last night lame, truly hopping !!!!
Went over every part of him last night with a fine tooth comb, his feet do llook well at the moment, strong, no cracks, no smell, no softness or bruising, lovely frog without any cracking, best I’ve seen in him so I’m a bit ?
I can’t find any heat high up, nothing in tendon, nothing in knee, he flexes and turns his shoulder without any complaint but won’t put his full weight on his foot! Slight heat in his foot but if it’s bind I would have expected more ? again big doubting me. Digital pulse, but not exactly pounding, again more doubts? As farrier trimmed and shod and went over him on Monday night I expect if it was a drop he would have noticed something? Also surely with an abscess it would be gradual not this sudden hopping? So anyway hot tubbed him in epsom salts in case they’res something in there last night and put him to bed. And then worried all night.
This morning he’s was still hopping so called the farrier (possibly a bit early, he sounded grumpy! Whoops!) He will hopefully make it back out to me tonight to pull the shoe off. I’m thinking he’s got a nail a bit too close but I am lip-biting in case its something else, I’m happy with my farrier and he always does a good job so am panicking that it’s something else. Will pull shoe tonight. Anybody got other ideas? Needless to say if farrier finds nothing tonight it will be vet I’m ringing! (sorry for long story, had to share my worries)