Turned up this morning and her leg looked like the elephant man. No warmth, just swelling. She wasn't happy about me touching it, mixed her hay in with her bedding (she normally eats every strand and its a bale she's eaten out of over the week) I saw it from the hoof downsort of thing, so phoned the vet immediately. She said she'd been an hour or so so mucked out the others, waitied for the vet and left Duffy in her box (didn't know what was wrong, so wasn't prepared to walk her incase I made it worse.) Vet turned up and took one look at it, peeled back her rug and it was her entire leg. I could have kicked myself, but good job the vet was called.
Took her temp, had a look to see if there was an absess with these pincer things, and said its an under skin infection- I don't know the translation so anyone who can think of it and let me know so I can do some research that would be great. She's had a shot of antibiotics, and pain killer, something called Naquadem and bute for the next two days and she's coming out on Wednesday to give her more antibiotics.
A few things that may help
She said that she mainly sees it in larger chesnut horses, and they can get it again once they've had it.. maybe once a year ( I am unaware if Duffy has had it before)
A hoof absess may still come through
Skin on the back of her heel was peeling, the skin is bright pink and sore looking- is this to do with the swelling?
If I had left it the swelling would have gone through her body and she would have looked like the elephant horse.
Any other questions I should ask my vet?
Thanks guys :(
Looks like Duffy has a week off riding- reckon she planned it... poor pony, she still worked beautifully on Friday, no wonder under saddle the day before she felt so lethargic and wrong.. I thought she was being a mare...