Blood loss, internal bleeding, severe injury and poisoning can cause shock that keeps the legs and ears from getting enough blood to stay warm. Do look for other signs. It is normal for the horse's legs to be cold to the touch in the wintertime-particularly if he is in the snow. His blood flow allows his body to keep warm and retains some blood flow to the extremities.
The originate in a myriad of causes that may not be easy to discern. Check for bit pinching, rider's hands causing discomfort, or flies/gnats swarming.
This is one common sign of the abdominal pain associated with colic. Other signs are looking at the abdomen, stretching as if to urinate, and rolling repeatedly. Watch long enough to note the horse's activities, and the call the vet.
A sore forefoot may cause a normally cooperative horse to refuse to hold the opposite hoof up for cleaning; the added weight is painful for the horse.
Localized pockets of pus, found under the jaw or at the throat and associated with fever, may be due to strangles. This disease gets its common name from the associated pain which makes swallowing uncomfortable. Swellings alongside the jaw may be associated with emerging adult molars and are not necessarily abnormal but must be noticed so as not to irritate them with the halter or bridle.
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