can excess protein cause hind leg swelling? - The Horse Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 13 Old 03-06-2012, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
Yearling
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Colorado
Posts: 1,029
• Horses: 2
Question can excess protein cause hind leg swelling?

Went out to ride yesterday and whiskey had both hind legs moderately swollen from hocks down, most noticeable around fetlocks and pasterns... no lameness, trotted her for 20 minutes and swelling went way down, then hosed for 20min. Went out to check on her a few hours later, and legs had started to refill. Wrapped both hind legs and let her stay out.

Whiskey wasn't ridden over the weekend, and I didn't notice them swollen when I was out with them on Sunday... swelling was much less today, and I repeated the trotting and hosing routine today, they look fine now. She is stalled at night, but is out on 5acres during the day. Couldn't find any cuts, scratches, or bumps...

The only thing I can figure is that I had given her an extra scoop of equine senior over the weekend, so she had 2 one quart scoops both nights. Is it possible too much protein caused the swelling? She was trimmed on Tuesday of last week.. only worked once last week due to weather. My trainer thinks she just torqued something... I just hate unexplained swelling.

I cut her equine senior back, other than that she is only on grass hay...

There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. - Nelson Mandela
Ace80908 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 13 Old 03-06-2012, 07:28 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 1,403
• Horses: 1
Where does she live? In a stall, small paddock, pasture, etc? It sounds like she stocked up.

The hills were bathed in moonlight, the shadows not so stark;
Silver light reflected off his brown hide as he held me in the dark
I love you, Mudpie!
mudpie is offline  
post #3 of 13 Old 03-06-2012, 07:31 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: AZ
Posts: 4,840
• Horses: 2
OP stated she is stalled at night, but out on 5 acres during the day.
Cacowgirl is offline  
post #4 of 13 Old 03-06-2012, 07:44 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 1,403
• Horses: 1
Then it sounds like she's stocking up.

The hills were bathed in moonlight, the shadows not so stark;
Silver light reflected off his brown hide as he held me in the dark
I love you, Mudpie!
mudpie is offline  
post #5 of 13 Old 03-06-2012, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
Yearling
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Colorado
Posts: 1,029
• Horses: 2
Yep, looked exactly like a classic stocked up case, but since she is out during the day on her pasture... which is dry lot basically ( Colorado prairie in winter)... can't figure out why she would stock up.

She is a very conditioned four year old, typically ridden four to six times a week for between 45min to an hour ...

There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. - Nelson Mandela
Ace80908 is offline  
post #6 of 13 Old 03-06-2012, 07:46 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 1,403
• Horses: 1
Maybe she just wasn't moving around out there... Also, some horses just swell easier than others – Mudpie's one of those horses. Is there any heat in her legs?

The hills were bathed in moonlight, the shadows not so stark;
Silver light reflected off his brown hide as he held me in the dark
I love you, Mudpie!
mudpie is offline  
post #7 of 13 Old 03-06-2012, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
Yearling
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Colorado
Posts: 1,029
• Horses: 2
Little bit of heat in one yesterday, no heat today.

There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. - Nelson Mandela
Ace80908 is offline  
post #8 of 13 Old 03-06-2012, 07:54 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 1,403
• Horses: 1
Hmm... It honestly sounds like just plain ol' stocking up!

I don't think that excess protein causes hind leg swelling... the only experience I've had with excess protein was when Mudpie almost foundered because he was getting free choice alfalfa in a small paddock with no exercise... There was no swelling then, and he's one of those horses that just swells really easily.

The hills were bathed in moonlight, the shadows not so stark;
Silver light reflected off his brown hide as he held me in the dark
I love you, Mudpie!
mudpie is offline  
post #9 of 13 Old 03-06-2012, 08:01 PM Thread Starter
Yearling
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Colorado
Posts: 1,029
• Horses: 2
As I read through, I am thinking that maybe the significant decrease in exercise contributed to her swelling?

Frustrating as I have a big show coming up next month and I am afraid to stress her legs... its supposed to snow the next few days so I will keep the exercise light and monitor her closely.

There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. - Nelson Mandela
Ace80908 is offline  
post #10 of 13 Old 03-06-2012, 08:37 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Australia
Posts: 8,168
• Horses: 3
Yes, excess protein can cause hind leg swelling. It is a very common cause.

~Horse & Hound Artistry~.

Website: www.horseandhoundartistry.com
Kayty 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
Swelling in hind legs - whilst on antibiotics? DeeSmith Horse Health 10 08-24-2011 09:57 AM
Swelling in hind legs... should I be worried? ohmyitschelle Horse Health 7 08-24-2011 12:38 AM
Swelling in hind legs (This one's different) Tokoneki Horse Health 0 08-19-2011 11:42 PM
Mare hind legs swelling, losing hair...Thoughts? RadHenry09 Horse Health 12 07-04-2010 11:35 PM
Swelling in hind legs 3neighs Horse Health 10 06-28-2009 09:04 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