Ankle Question - The Horse Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 7 Old 06-07-2011, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Washington DC
Posts: 236
• Horses: 1
Ankle Question

Tonight I went to ride my OTTB as usual. He was out in his field with his buddies, all normal. I brought him and and let him graze, then cross tied him. I noticed his left front ankle looked larger than normal. I felt it and it definitely felt swollen in the back area of the ankle. I didnt feel any difference in temperature from his other legs. It was evenly cool. But the ankle is swollen. I called my trainer and she said to lunge him and see if he is lame. He walked fine, but at the trot, he is slightly "off". Not much, but its there. I cold water hosed the joint for 20 minutes and put him away. Trainer just called and said that she gave him some bute and wrapped his ankle. She said that many times these things just work themselves out quickly. He may have stomped at a fly too harshly or gotten a kick from a buddy. She said let's give him a day or two and check it again.

My OTTB has never been lame! How long does something like this usually take?

On cross ties, he wasnt holding one foot up. He seemed normal, but you can see the swelling.

Any chance we can be back to normal in a week?
SaratogaTB is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 7 Old 06-08-2011, 04:40 AM
Trained
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Orange County, NC
Posts: 6,121
• Horses: 5
Assuming a minor bruise or sprain, we typically do icing/cold hosing for the first two days, and no work for 3-5 days. After that, you just need to take it day by day starting with light work to see if any swelling returns.

On the sixth day, God created the Quarter Horse.
On the seventh day, he Painted the good ones.
PaintHorseMares is offline  
post #3 of 7 Old 06-08-2011, 08:40 AM
Banned
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: In a land far far away, or so I wish.
Posts: 12,825
• Horses: 0
No way of guessing how long it will take to get better if you have no idea what is actually wrong.
Alwaysbehind is offline  
post #4 of 7 Old 06-08-2011, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Washington DC
Posts: 236
• Horses: 1
My trainer called with an update. (She is a vet-tech) She said that the swelling on the back of his fetlock was almost completely gone when she took his bandage off this morning. She cold hosed him for 25 minutes and applied a linament and another bandage. She gave him another dose of bute.

She explained that because he had a bandage on, we don't know if the swelling went down naturally, or because of the bandage. Therefore she said she would like to repeat this process until Friday, with no work (he spends days inside due to heat and strolls outside in his paddock at night when it cools down) Then we wait 24 hours to see if any swelling comes back. If not, he can start light work.

Does this make sense? She said that windgalls can sometimes present this way. I had thought those were small, like the size of a quarter. His swelling was more generalized in the back of his fetlock, but limited to that area.
SaratogaTB is offline  
post #5 of 7 Old 06-08-2011, 03:02 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Washington DC
Posts: 236
• Horses: 1
I forgot to mention one thing! This presented 24 hours after he had his feet trimmed. His farrier comes every 6 weeks and he only has front shoes. I wonder if he may have done something while being shod.
SaratogaTB is offline  
post #6 of 7 Old 06-08-2011, 03:04 PM
Banned
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: In a land far far away, or so I wish.
Posts: 12,825
• Horses: 0
Yes, that does make sense.

Wrapping and reduce swelling.

Hope things go well.
Alwaysbehind is offline  
post #7 of 7 Old 06-08-2011, 08:12 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Australia
Posts: 12,518
• Horses: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by SaratogaTB View Post
She explained that because he had a bandage on, we don't know if the swelling went down naturally, or because of the bandage. .... (he spends days inside due to heat and strolls outside in his paddock at night when it cools down) .... windgalls can sometimes present this way. I had thought those were small, like the size of a quarter. His swelling was more generalized in the back of his fetlock, but limited to that area.
Yes, and of course the bute being an anti inflammatory too...

I would personally suggest that if he's not going to be forced into running around by paddock mates he's better off out full time(he will be fine with heat), or at least during the day instead of night. This is because free movement is very important for a horse's health & soundness and it's also possible the prob is due to lack of movement(tho agree with AB - impossible to know without proper diagnosis). Studies have shown that horses move about very little over night and even those who are locked up only at night move about during the day a lot less.

'Windgalls' seem usually to refer to swelling of the fetlock due to arthrosis and are usually just at the back of the fetlock, above the proximal sesamoids. They can present as larger tho, so probably not something to rule out without proper examination. If there's a chance of this, I'd personally be inclined to get an ultrasound or at least radiograph done & boot him when required rather than keep him shod.
loosie is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Sprained Ankle horseluver50 Horse Health 12 01-07-2011 01:28 PM
broke my ankle bigbull General Off Topic Discussion 6 12-10-2010 10:48 AM
Sore ankle Chiilaa Jumping 2 08-17-2010 07:28 AM
ankle pain wanderlust Horse Riding 3 04-01-2009 12:18 AM
Gashed ankle bthny158 Horse Health 12 10-10-2007 02:41 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome