|September 18, 2012||Posted by Melinda under Uncategorized|
These pictures were taken a couple of days ago.
They illustrate why it is so it’s important to know what’s normal for your horses legs and feel them every day that you see your horse.
Just looking at Farley it would be hard to tell something was wrong. Not lame, BAR (bright alert responsive), eating well.
However, upon closer examination, it’s easy to see and feel the difference between the right and left hind legs.
What I hear all the time from people when I talk about feeling your horses legs and finding what is normal for their horse is “I don’t know what I”m looking for”. Don’t worry about it. It’s amazing how much memory your hands, fingers, and sense of touch have. One day, you’ll be doing your checking and you WILL notice if something is different.
In this case, it wasn’t even about trying to find something subtle that was different on the leg –> just a quick of comparison of the right to left legs should tell you something is very wrong.
If you never check, you will never find. I got her out of her paddock, saddled her up, and rode for 20 minutes before I noticed something was wrong.