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    04-05-2013, 03:47 PM
If this is a flexor problem the las thing he needs is to move (although it will seem to diminish swelling), and wrapping with dmso can be very dicey (esp if there is heat). Does he have a temp? What is it? Pulse and reap?
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    04-05-2013, 03:48 PM
We use a Furison/DMSO sweat for stocked up legs. But it sounds like you have a bigger problem on your hands. Let us know what the vet says.
    04-05-2013, 03:58 PM
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Would a flexor problem cause such large amounts of swelling? I've never had experience with that before so I don't know. If I ever have to deal with such a thing, now's the time to get the knowledge about it. I always thought a flexor problem would be physically evident in the leg and/or their gait?
    04-05-2013, 04:04 PM
I board at a show barn. Most of the barns in my area are considered "show barns". Board is very high, there are no pastures, and the horses are kept in full training year round. We do have turn outs... but what might look like a turn out to me, would probably give the rest of you a pretty good laugh. We are only allowed 20 minutes max for each horse in the "turn outs", as there is usually a lot of horses rotating in and out of them throughout the day.
I took off from work today so that I could really spend time with the vet and with my horse. The vet had a couple emergency calls this morning, but he said he would be out by 12-ish. I am anxiously awaiting his arrival.

As for fever... I would almost be willing to bet that my guy has been feverish through this whole thing. He loooooves to eat, but wouldn't touch his dinner last night. I gave him 2 grams of bute, dry wrapped the legs, and came out early this morning to get him walking. The legs were very weepy, but the swelling was down a bit, and he ate both his dinner late last night, as well as his morning bucket and hay this am. I just recently found out what an abnormal temp for a horse is, however; I don't own a thermometer. Can you use the regular digital ones they use on humans? And you just take it rectally, am I correct? I was told anything above 102 is feverish. Is that also correct? Thank you for all the information and help, everyone. I appreciate all the knowledge that you afford... helping me to be a better horse person and owner!
    04-05-2013, 04:16 PM
Green Broke
38.5 - 39.5 is normal
99.5 - 101.5 is normal

You should really have a first aid kit for your horse that included a thermometer. I would also suggest a mercury one as it will be more accurate.
    04-05-2013, 04:17 PM
Green Broke
I bought a thermometer from Chick's and it just looks like a standard people thermometer. I usually feel in his armpit every day. If he's feeling a little too warm or he looks a little off, I temp him rectally and wash the thermometer off afterwards. Temping them regularly can also give you an idea of what their "normal" body temp is. If it's ever below or above that normal temp, then that might be a sign that something's going on.
    04-05-2013, 04:37 PM
Get a thermometer! ASAP. In a pinch, you can use the human ones, but remember to hold them really tightly as the horse can actually pull them into his body. So make sure you don't get vaseline on your hands or on the back of the thermometer where you are holding it. You want to invest in termometer that you can hook a baling twine on the back so you can't loose it. I think Jeffers sells 5 second thermometers that are really nice.

I'm not sure why you waited so long for the vet? Stocking up just means some swelling which quickly disappears with work. There should be no heat, just some slight fluid buildup and it should leave a dent if you push on it.

What you are describing, is oozing sores, and very firm swelling that does not dent, means you have a much worse problem going on. I'm glad the vet is coming out.

Cellulitis, especially if it is spreading may mean you need IV antibiotics.

Do you have vet wrap, banadages, betadine, peroxide? Some of those things are an absolutely must for dealing with horses.

I once saw a horse almost bleed to death because the barn he was at did not have a first aid kit. If you or someone else gets injured while at the barn, that first aid kit might come in handy as well. It's something that it is always a good idea to have.

Ranitidine is another product that is useful - you never know when a horse is going to have ulcers and need some! You can pick up the people stuff over the counter and give it to your horse in a pinch.

I like to keep antibiotics on hand as well, banamine, benadryl, bute, and syringes of different sizes, and needles. I'm sure others can add more...
    04-05-2013, 09:53 PM
My boyfriend and I spoke about the fact that I waited much too long to insist that the vet come and address what was going on. Unfortunately, I learned to ride. I never learned to be a horse owner until much much later in life. I have only had a horse for the last 3 years. So it's been a learning process.

Vet declared that he has Lymphangitis. He got Lasix, Banamine, Bute, Triamcinolone, injected. I am to give 4 Grams Bute daily for five days, then 2 Grams Bute daily for five days. This is along with high dose SMZ-TMP twice daily for ten days. He wants me to work him in the arena as much as possible. Which means I will be riding in the early morning, and then evening after work. My trainer will be putting him on the hot walker for 2 hours+ (as long as he'll tolerate). I'm worried how I'm going to give the SMZ's... the vet just marched right up and squished it down his throat with a big syringe. I don't foresee it going that easily for me. Haha!
    04-05-2013, 11:30 PM
Green Broke
Crush them into apple sauce, mine eats it that way on her feed
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    04-06-2013, 07:04 PM
So these are a couple shots of his "bad" leg from today. He's doing much better... especially considering how terribly swollen the leg was on Thursday. Since he saw the vet Friday, the swelling has diminished from the hock, and he felt great under saddle today. Vet texted me this morning and said he should looks worlds better within 48 hours, and if not, then I am to contact him right away. Hopefully by Monday, the swelling will be even less.
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