Enlarged knee, hard, no injury, lameness, heat or pain

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    05-25-2012, 10:47 AM
Enlarged knee, hard, no injury, lameness, heat or pain

My gelding's right outside knee has enlarged. There has been no cut or injury. There is no heat. It looks soft but it is not. It is hard just like bone, he is sound as can be. A vet looked at him, (he had never seen him before), I was unable to be there at the time, he thought it was just his conformation. It is not. Any ideas?
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    05-25-2012, 11:46 AM
Green Broke
How old is he? It could be arthritic changes.
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    05-25-2012, 11:57 AM
A couple of x-rays could give you some answers.
    05-25-2012, 12:27 PM
He is 10 yrs old
    05-25-2012, 01:02 PM
Green Broke
Agreed. Time for some xrays. If here is not heat/swelling there is probably bone changes.
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    05-26-2012, 08:58 AM
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You need an 'equine leg Vet' specialist. A race horse Vet or one that Vets for H/J barns is your best best.

Most of the knee enlargements that are hard are permanent. You need x-rays with the horse standing on it and with it flexed from front and side. It will find things like chips and will see arthritic changes. Since it is hard, it is probably not Bursitis.

Many horses are sound for years with big knees. Most eventually get to where they cannot completely straighten out the leg and show lameness.
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    05-26-2012, 10:06 AM
Also if he isn't on a joint supplement, put him on one after talking with the vet.
    05-26-2012, 01:10 PM
I second getting an x-ray.

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