Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck
So this whole episode came on after a XC schooling day and he's never had the problem before? That is really interesting. While it would be perfectly normal for a horse that does not have much turnout to have this problem frequently, yours obviously did well until now. Did the vet say anything about why this suddenly became a factor?
Truth be told, my horse is just a sturdy sort of guy. So I've never wrapped him, never cold hosed, never ice boots, nothing. We have managed not to have any sort of problems like this with his legs. I have learned my lesson with this. Vet says I need to take special care of his legs... especially after jumping. He believes that a mixture of him stocking up overnight, coupled with the dirty water that we were galloping through, caused the ruptured skin to become a perfect doorway for the bacteria. If it had just simply been stocking up, he would have been better within a few days.
I would love to try going out to the clinic again. Although, this time maybe a little smarter about his aftercare for such a workout.