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Yesterday when I was playing with the goats I noticed Thomas, my 1 year old wether, was favoring his right fore hoof. Today he was really limping, but he would still run like it wouldn't hurt him!

What's wrong? I checked his hoof and there is nothing in there. He has no obvious physical signs of injury. He's my baby and I'm worried for him.
 

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well if there are no obvious signs of hoof issues then I would assume he landed funny on it.

You can try giving him some glucose just in case it is joint pain.
 

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Okiedoke, I thought I might do that. Just dip it in some peanut butter or something yummy and he'll gulp it down.
 

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Have no idea what the weather is like where you are but, if there is snow or ice on the ground then his feet might be cold. My guys were holding there's up every once and a while the other day cause of the snow. Once I got them in the stall they were fine.

If you have no ice there then he might have been jumping around and landed on it wrong like StaceyRoop said.
 

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We have snow and ice but he's doing it even when he's in his pasture with all grass. :shrug:
 

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First I'd check the bottom of his foot, including between his toes, which it sounds like you did, then I would feel up the leg to see if there was any heat anywhere, if not then I would flex each joint to see if he flinches. Then I would squeeze the tendons in the leg to see if he flinches at that. If all that is OK, I see whether he puts weight on the heel and toe of that leg or stands with it out in front or behind. If all looks OK, I see whether he limps when he walks when he puts weight on the leg or when he gets weight off the legs and brings it forward.
As you can see, I have done the lame horse routine for many years. Usually those things will tell where the problem is. If I can't find anything and it isn't REALLY lame, I let him rest over night and see what her was like in the morning.
 

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He walks semi-normally, meaning he walks with his foot normally, but does the head bobbing thing when he puts weight on his leg.
 

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Probably not- maybe just the other leg? Although I did have one horse who I bragged about having at least one good leg most of the time.
 

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I know for sure it's his right leg, he's really favoring it. I might've gotten confused about the head bobbing part.
 
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