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Nancy Preston
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Posted on Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 - 2:18 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I have a 10 year old paint/TB mare that just received a kick in the chest or shoulder by a pasture mate (without shoes- thankfully) and now is reluctant to bear weight on the left front leg. This incident just happened this am and than lameness was discovered later in the day. Yesterday the horse was fine when ridden (she is a dressage horse). Last week she was fully examined by a Sport Horse Vet due to stiffness and right rear lameness. She luckily only had an abcess in the rear foot and is now fine with that problem. I bring that up because at that time we also had x-rays done of her front feet and she was flexed on the front as well and was fine. So that brings up back to the incident today when we saw the kick. What can we do immediately besides bute? There is no laceration, heat, swelling, etc. The only evidence is the reluctance to now bear weight on the left front. I have read the articles on shoulder sweeney (which is scary). Is it possible for a horse to be reluctant to bear weight from a bruise in that area due to trauma - or most often a more severe problem? How should I proceed at this point?
Thanks for any advice!!
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