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    06-16-2010, 05:16 PM
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Any idea what might have happened?

First of all - this isn't a big deal and I have it under control. I'm just asking for opinions as to what might have caused it, because it's a bit of a mystery and I'm curious : ]


I took my mare out of her stall this morning and her back legs were extremely sore - the right more so than the left. She doesn't want to put any weight on them whatsoever... even if she's just standing there she'll hold them up periodically like they're broken. She only holds her left leg up for a second at a time - the right is obviously much more sore.

Both fetlocks are swollen as if she's stocked up, and there's some heat in both. She does tend to stock up if left in her stall overnight, but she was out last night so there's no way that's what it is.

She has some grunge on her lower legs which was not there on Monday (I'm not sure about Tuesday). I know grunge can cause lameness, but can it be that severe? And with heat/swelling?



I scraped off all of the grunge and applied an anti-fungal spray. For the swelling, I just hosed off her legs with cool water for a while and put her back in her stall. She's going to stay in tonight, and I'm going to play it by ear.
     
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    06-16-2010, 05:30 PM
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Has she ever tied-up before? With the unwillingness to move her hind end, I might be suspicious. It's a common problem when the weather gets warmer, usually because the horse doesn't compensate with enough water intake. Maybe try giving her an electrolyte or loose salt to her concentrate(if she gets concentrate) to encourage drinking. Alaso if she has been in hard work and had a sudden break, or if she was in little work and had a strenuous work out, that can be enough to cause some horses to tie up.
GL, keep us updated!
     
    06-16-2010, 05:47 PM
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Originally Posted by shesinthebarn    
Has she ever tied-up before? With the unwillingness to move her hind end, I might be suspicious. It's a common problem when the weather gets warmer, usually because the horse doesn't compensate with enough water intake. Maybe try giving her an electrolyte or loose salt to her concentrate(if she gets concentrate) to encourage drinking. Alaso if she has been in hard work and had a sudden break, or if she was in little work and had a strenuous work out, that can be enough to cause some horses to tie up.
GL, keep us updated!

Thanks for the reply! I don't think she's tied-up... she's never done it before and her exercise schedule hasn't changed. The weather has been about the same for several weeks (summer comes early here), and she's been drinking plenty of water. Also, she isn't exactly stiff in her hind legs... she just doesn't want to bear weight on them.
     
    06-17-2010, 08:21 PM
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Still no change...

My farrier lives on the property and he's going to check for an abscess tonight. If there's no abscess, I think I'm going to call the vet just because I have no idea what it is and want to make sure it's not something serious.
     
    06-17-2010, 08:27 PM
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Originally Posted by CloudsMystique    
She has some grunge on her lower legs which was not there on Monday (I'm not sure about Tuesday). I know grunge can cause lameness, but can it be that severe? And with heat/swelling?
Grunge? Is that like Scratches/Greesey Heel/Mud Fever?
Horse or Equine Scratches, Greasy Heel or Pastern Dermatitis Treatment

If that is what its is (it doesn't just show up one day though) then yes, it can cause swelling, heat, and lameness that bad.
     
    06-17-2010, 08:40 PM
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Originally Posted by IllComeALopin    
Grunge? Is that like Scratches/Greesey Heel/Mud Fever?
Horse or Equine Scratches, Greasy Heel or Pastern Dermatitis Treatment

If that is what its is (it doesn't just show up one day though) then yes, it can cause swelling, heat, and lameness that bad.
I don't think it's the same thing. It's a fungus that only occurs in hot, humid areas, and I think "grunge" might be a colloquialism. I scraped it off Wednesday morning and put some Banixx on it. I reapplied the Bannix this morning. Should the swelling/heat/lameness be gone by now? I've never had this problem with grunge before...
     
    06-17-2010, 08:48 PM
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Showing
I think it is the same thing but I am not sure, we generally stay pretty dry around here so I don't have to worry about it. Even if you have been treating it, inflammation can take a while to go away. Also, what are the odds that she maybe kicked a wall or fence while either stalled or outside playing around?
     
    06-17-2010, 08:51 PM
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Originally Posted by smrobs    
I think it is the same thing but I am not sure, we generally stay pretty dry around here so I don't have to worry about it. Even if you have been treating it, inflammation can take a while to go away. Also, what are the odds that she maybe kicked a wall or fence while either stalled or outside playing around?
That's definitely a possibility. Would you call a vet now (assuming it's not an abscess), or wait a few days and see if there's an improvement?

My trainer has me worried because she actually suggested I call my vet - which she never does.
     
    06-17-2010, 10:25 PM
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I would have the farrier check for an abscess, and then call the vet if you need to. It could be an abscess. If she's favoring the right one because of an abscess, it can cause the left one to bear more weight and become equally, or more, swollen than the actual "injured" leg. That's what happened to my mare, lol.

How is she moving? If you encourage her forward, does she get more or less stiff? Does it help overall? Is she feeling well otherwise? Eyes dull or shiny? Is the coat dull or shiny? Has her appetite changed? That would affect my opinion on calling the vet yesterday or in a few days.

Best of luck, I hope nothing serious is wrong. =]
     
    06-17-2010, 10:46 PM
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Showing
I have to agree with Ricci. If she were showing no other signs of illness or something more serious, I would probaby give her a few days and if I didn't see any improvement then, I would then call a vet.
     

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