Whoever coined the saying “Healthy as a horse” obviously never was around horses. The smallest change in routine can give them a stomach ache or a minor trip in the field could end a career.
When I pulled PJ out of his stall I noticed his left hind leg was as swollen as a baseball bat. I couldn’t see any cuts, which would have been an obvious cause. His leg was warm more on the inside than outside, but he wasn’t lame on it. A vet just happened to be there and took a look. She suggested pulticing it, which we did. In addition, he had very watery stools and had seemed a little depressed the last few days. Today he was more his usually nosey self but still had watery stool. The vet said that that was most likely a result from a switch in his hay.
Am I worried? As his mom, of course I am. I can think of so many things that could get worse from here. As a rationale person, no. I know that he probably just kicked his stall or the fence and should be fine in a few days. Ahhh….the joys of horse ownership.