Case Report: Diagnosing Lameness in a Barrel Racer

Find out how an owner’s careful management after an injury occurred likely prevented a fatal outcome for a Quarter Horse gelding.
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Photo 1 | Photo: Courtesy Dr. Harry Werner

By Harry Werner, VMD, WEVA Board Member

Patient: A 10-year-old Quarter Horse gelding used for barrel racing

History: The gelding came in from group turnout moderately lame on his left forelimb with a skin wound and soft tissue swelling on the medial (inner) forearm. The owner treated the horse with stall rest and phenylbutazone for three days, but scheduled a veterinary appointment when he did not improve.

Examination: When walked out of his stall, the gelding bore weight on his left foreleg gingerly and resented deep digital palpation over the medial forearm, where there was obvious swelling and a skin wound (see photo 1)

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