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post #31 of 40 Old 04-06-2013, 06:18 PM
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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?

Glad to see he's doing better. Even if you only hand walk him for 15 minutes twice a day, the movement will help. Don't beat yourself up about not getting the vet out sooner. I find the learning curve with horse care to be much steeper than the riding curve. We just do the best we can for our equine buddies.

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post #32 of 40 Old 04-06-2013, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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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.

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Oh, so it was ultimately the dirty water getting in there? Interesting. You learn something new every day. I also do not ice legs after XC. Thanks to your experience, I will also be more vigilant.
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post #34 of 40 Old 04-07-2013, 01:15 AM Thread Starter
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I thought I would post a picture from the XC clinic. It's from a vid of us galloping through the water, over the little log and back out through the water again. I had been riding a little defensively as he'd never been in water let alone jumping over things that don't fall down. Haha! He was totally game for the whole thing. I was most proud of my little guy.
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What a nice picture! Glad to hear it wasn't anything too serious! :)

I miss jumping XC with my old mare. Although I must admit I would never be brave enough for some of the big stuff!
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I thought I would post a picture from the XC clinic. It's from a vid of us galloping through the water, over the little log and back out through the water again. I had been riding a little defensively as he'd never been in water let alone jumping over things that don't fall down. Haha! He was totally game for the whole thing. I was most proud of my little guy.
Aww where was this and who was the clinician? I miss eventing...(I live in SoCal and shown and schooled quite a few places!)

Seeing your pic makes me greeeeeeen with envy!
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Clinic was here. James and his wife do clinics a few times a month I believe. Some really incredible... and seriously BRAVE riders out there!

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First thing that popped in my mind when I read the OP was Lymphangitis. Went through it with my guy and it was terrible for him. Hoping your handsome boy feels better soon! :)

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I hope this regimine helps! Poor guy..

I'm glad you noticed he was stocking up. You're a great owner.
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Thank you, Sky. Sometimes I need to just listen to my gut and call the vet instead of listening to trainers, other riders, and the like. I'm realizing that I would much rather be safe than sorry!
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