She's puffy around the tendon. I fear she's pulled something in her fetlock because the ground is so heavy in that field - but it's the only field with a shelter. Her legs and feet worry me. Her hind feet have what I suspect might be what Ovnicek describes as "negative palmar angle," which is when the coffin bone tilts the wrong way. You suspect NPA when a line drawn along the hairline on the rear foot would extend forward to above the knee on the foreleg. It goes with very flat pasterns. I really don't know what all are the consequences of this problem, but when you look at Rose's rear legs in action, it's rather anxiety-causing - the pastern flattens out completely, with the fetlock dropping very close to the ground. It looks like there's way too much strain on the whole system. I guess careful trimming over time can improve things, but there's no easy fix.
Here is a hind foot. This doesn't show it at its worst, but it gives an idea.
I thought maybe some banamine might be in order. I don't mind if her leg is sore, as that could help to keep her careful. But the banamine could also reduce the inflammation, which might be a good idea. Poor Rose has had so many treatments and procedures in the past that as soon she sees a medicine tube coming at her, she removes her head as far away as possible. So I resolved not to hold onto her head at all, no matter how gently, and let her dictate how things would go. She let me get pretty close, even allowing me to squirt a tiny bit into her mouth:
But that was all. Although she got comfortable with me rubbing the tube all over her head and over her lips, she wouldn't let me squeeze any more in. I tasted a tiny morsel to see what it was like - chalky, and a little sweet. I decided the banamine wasn't necessary, and it was best to leave it alone.
Because she has a sore leg, of course it's hard for her to stand on three legs during trimming. In the end I let her graze on the lawn and tagged along after her, waiting until it was comfortable and convenient for her to give me the foot I was currently working on. She could manage a few moments at a time, so I made some improvements - although it's going to be a long-term project.
Well, we didn't get a whole lot accomplished, but it was quite a nice bonding time for Rose and me.