I know it's something like asking "how long is a piece of string?".
At the end of a show last Sunday, I thought the pony felt a little off, and on Monday evening, he came in lame. Various liveries/YM all disagreed on which leg or legs it was...since he didn't seem in immediate distress, and no heat, I put him in the small paddock over night.
Tuesday, I brought him in to check---still lame. There was a farrier on the yard, so I asked for his opinion, and he immediately identified the off hind (same as the YM, just goes to show whom one should listen to! ), scraped off the sole, and pointed to a small reddish mark.
He's been turned out by himself in the small paddock to rest/lose some of his ridiculous grass belly. Tonight (Sunday) he was still limping, although somewhat less, I think. The reddish mark seems paler---wouldn't notice it if I didn't know it was there.
Is there an approximate time frame for bruises to heal? Should I be worried?
His trimmer is coming out on Wednesday to have a look.