Finding your horse favoring a leg is not always the end of the world. Horses are big curious animals that can even have a clumsy day. You should consult a veterinarian if they seem to be experiencing pain or the odd behavior continues for more than 48 hours. Below are five reasons you should always get medical advice with horse lameness.
The Horse May Be Experiencing Pain
The sudden change in the conformation, or gait of a horse, no matter how subtle, is a sign of lameness. Common causes are physical deformity or injury. The type of horse and activity involved will leave some open to frequent injuries. Racehorses tend to suffer lameness from knee injuries and stress. Hock and hoof lameness develop in higher numbers with barrel racing horses. Any form of lameness should be checked by a veterinarian because the horse could be experiencing significant pain.
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