Originally Posted by ljazwinski
yes she is old... mid to upper 20's and does not get much excercise due to severe arthritis in her back hips.... but other than this current problem I have never had an issue with her.... I keep their stalls clean every day...pick up poop from their pasture once a week... diligently battle the flies... and do not change her feeding schedule if at all possible.... the only thing I can think of different is the apple cider vinegar? Or the legend pellets?... I do have free range chickens (10 on 2 acres)... but they have all been together for almost 2 years, and no sick chickens?????? I have called the vet but she is closed this week due to july 4th...have to wait for monday?????? And yes...the flaps of skin have always been there...just not inflammed and swollen like that.... I know she is biting at the area's, but I can't get her to stop..... today on one side I used DMSO and iodine mix (50/50)...hope to see if that helps by am....off to work...will check her tonight, midnight? And update.... thanks everyone
I'm no expert by any means. I'm just an owner of an elderly gentleman gelding. He's had heart problems lately mixed with pneumonia and he almost died. Thank God he's doing much better now!
Anyway... That swelling is bilateral, meaning equal on both sides. That is not likely to be bug bites or such. I'd cut the vinegar and call the vet. Does your horse tolerate exercise without getting short of breath? Can you see her jugular vein more than 1/3 up her neck from the shoulder? I'm not trying to scare anybody, just wondering if that's really a form of ventral or extremity edema?
There are some vets on this forum... Maybe someone more knowledgeable than myself could guesstimate that one... But if this was my horse, I'd call the vet.