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post #1 of 14 Old 06-18-2008, 03:57 AM Thread Starter
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Delbert , is lame?

From out of no where Delbert came in limping on his front leg. He had been trimmed just a day or to before, so his hoofs are in good shape. I can't seem to find the problem, I think it may be an abcess[ not sure I spelled that right but], but I am unsure,The swelling comes and gos to day to day and some times just in the knee down and once it appeared to go all the way up to his shoulder???? I have given him bute, and cold washes and tried a number of things, I think I am looking at an abcess but not sure. Any help would be great. Grayhorse

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post #2 of 14 Old 06-18-2008, 06:33 AM
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GET A VET if it's been like that for while!

As for abscess check his hoofs. When there is an abscess going you can feel hoof and over are much warmer than normal. If it's abscess the vet (or knowledgeable farrier) must make a hole to drain it off.
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post #3 of 14 Old 06-18-2008, 07:28 AM
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I doubt its a hoof abscess because this would tend to cause very localised swelling, not up to his kneee or shoulder. I could be wrong though, I have never had a horse with an abscess. Either way, its best to call the vet/farrier if its not getting better.

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post #4 of 14 Old 06-18-2008, 11:33 AM
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I would definitely call the vet. I had a horse with an abscess and had the vet out two times and the farrier once... but at no time did her knee or shoulder swell ? :(


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post #5 of 14 Old 06-18-2008, 01:35 PM
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Hoof abscesses don't usually cause leg swelling (I'd say never, but there's always an exception to the rule soon as you say never).

Clean the foot, make sure you don't see any puncture holes, though those can be very tough to find when they are small. Check his leg for any insect bites (or even a snake bite). Gently feel his tendons for knots/bumps etc that aren't usually there. Is there heat?

Of course, the best bet is have the vet out if he's that lame and you can't find the source. Doesn't sound like a hoof abscess just because of the upper limb swellings. Cold hosing won't hurt anything and may at least make YOU feel better until the vet comes.
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post #6 of 14 Old 06-18-2008, 03:57 PM
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I whole heartedly agree with barefoothooves. I don't think an absess will cause upper leg swelling. This may be one of those things a vet can guide you through with a phone call. I'd also give the farrier a call. Hands on is almost always better. Good luck!

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post #7 of 14 Old 06-19-2008, 12:58 AM Thread Starter
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The vet was here today

Goodness what an ordeal. Poor Delbert... I feel so bad for him. The abcess came out on the hair line of his hoof,yuk it was nasty but the swelling is still from the knee down, Now on meds,Penicillin and someing for the swelling, Heat for sure in the knee and down to the hoof, poor guy was very upset over the shots. Vet say laminitis, did I spell that right? Caused from the abcess and all the wet ground, as it has been mud here for weeks on end. The vet thinks he pulled something in the mud because he was unsteady. Hope it will stop raining soon I have had more than enough of it. My farrier will come check on him Friday and it looks like a few weeks before he will be better. But at least now it is draining and he will feel some what better than he has. He has more shots to go, I hate to give them but... I have to.. Thanks guys I'll keep ya posted. Grayhorse

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post #8 of 14 Old 06-19-2008, 03:38 PM
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That's good that it blew. They don't usually cause swelling in the upper leg. Intresting. Just remember to stick with those shots as long as prescribed. It's all easier from here on out, though.
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post #9 of 14 Old 06-20-2008, 02:05 AM Thread Starter
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swelling gone down alot!!!!!!!!!!

Ok Delbert is really mad at me! Had to use grain to get him to come to me, so I just brushed him and loved on him alittle. Thank God the shots are every other day, at least to day I got back alittle trust. He seems to feel better but jumpy at first... think he's waitting to get stuck again, I may see if I can get his meds in powder form and just put in his feed. I hate to up set him so.
The vet said he was swelled because he may have slipped in the mud, so we so will see I guess. Grayhorse

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post #10 of 14 Old 06-20-2008, 07:10 PM Thread Starter
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Iam SOOOOOOOOOOO Happy

I ran right in to tell ya, I just went out to check on Delbert, and he came in troting!!!!! No swelling at all ! No Heat ! I am soooo releaved ,I can't even tell ya. I cried tears of happiness and hugged his kneck . Thanks the Lord above for helpping my boy.
I read a few posts last night about foundered horses and was just sick and afraid for Delbert. Delbert's mama foundered when he was 4 weeks old and was so bad she had to be put down, so Delbert is very important to me, raised him alone and was so happy he made it. So I was so afraid of anything going wrong. Ladybug ,his mama was the only horse I ever had to have that happen and never want to go threw that again. Thanks to you all for all your help, I have found a home here and some friends that I can't ever repay.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP!!!!
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