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  • Swollen hind leg horse excess feed
  • Horse leg swelljng kidney problems

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    03-06-2012, 08:45 PM
I cut back her grain when I saw her legs, so if that was it hopefully we wont see it again... she has never has any swellings so this threw me.
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    03-06-2012, 09:15 PM
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Is this an older horse?

Kidney problems and heart problems can both exhibit with stocking up. Excess protein requires that a horse drink more water to metabolize it through their kidneys. [It is excreted as ammonia in the urine.]

Usually hind legs stock up first, then front legs and finally lower abdomen. If lowering the amount of protein fed does not help, I would have a Vet check for congestive heart failure, heart valve problems or diminished kidney function.
    03-06-2012, 09:19 PM
She just turned four. Hoping we caught and corrected problem early enough to avoid any further problems. Hoping she looks good tomorrow.
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