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post #1 of 6 Old 04-11-2013, 01:38 PM Thread Starter
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Edema?

My horse has been on stall rest for an injury to his right hind leg since Monday. Tuesday evening when I went to hand walk him and change his bandage, I noticed a swelling in his chest. It didn't seem to bother him, so I didn't worry about it too much, but last night (Wednesday) it had gotten worse. It still doesn't bother him, but he's going to need a bra soon if it keeps getting bigger!

Someone at the barn said it was edema- just an accumulation of fluids and it would go away on its own, but it's usually from some kind of trauma like getting kicked. He hasn't been out with other horses since Saturday (Sunday we had an off-site lesson and were gone most of the day, and he's been on stall rest since then) Is it possible it's from him standing awkwardly due to the injured leg, even though it's a rear leg that's injured and the swelling is on his chest?

My vet boards at my barn and is there riding pretty much every night, so normally I'd just ask her, but she's out of town for a few days... There's another vet at that practice who I've never actually met, but I can call if needed.

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post #2 of 6 Old 04-11-2013, 01:59 PM
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Pretty.....and right where it belongs.......
I second the edema. Lack of circulation due to stall rest. Can you hand-walk him? If yes, do that. As long as it's cold to the touch and doesn't bother him, there's nothing to worry about. It'll go away once he can move.
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Glad to hear it's nothing to worry about

I hand walked him for about 20-30 minutes on Tuesday and Wednesday, but he's still fairly reluctant to move a whole lot.

I'm wondering if giving him supervised "turn out" with one of his buddies who's had some hoof soreness issues in the indoor arena might be a good idea for him. I put them in there together about a week ago while I was feeding and even though Garzo was 100% at the time all they did was walk. Neither of them are inclined to run around at the moment, so I'm guessing the worst that would happen is they would stand in opposite corners and ignore each other and still not move, so no worse than him standing in the stall
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Glad to hear it's nothing to worry about

I hand walked him for about 20-30 minutes on Tuesday and Wednesday, but he's still fairly reluctant to move a whole lot.

I'm wondering if giving him supervised "turn out" with one of his buddies who's had some hoof soreness issues in the indoor arena might be a good idea for him. I put them in there together about a week ago while I was feeding and even though Garzo was 100% at the time all they did was walk. Neither of them are inclined to run around at the moment, so I'm guessing the worst that would happen is they would stand in opposite corners and ignore each other and still not move, so no worse than him standing in the stall
if that would work, excellent. I'd watch tho. One thing I learned with horses is never say never...
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if that would work, excellent. I'd watch tho. One thing I learned with horses is never say never...
Haha yes Definitely applies to him injuring himself in the first place, too! I'm still not sure how he managed to do it...
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