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post #1 of 21 Old 11-28-2012, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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Fat leg from an abscess?

So i rode Sunday in my "dressage" lesson, and since we jumped saturday and flatted sunday, i decided to give him Monday off. Monday i came out in the am and fed him, then came out in the pm and hand walked him a bit, put his blanket on, and went home. Tuesday rolls around... i fed him in the morning, took his blanket off, and went to work. Now, Tuesday night i came out for my lesson and noticed his front left was swollen at the pastern. It was hot, and he was dead lame. I panicked, of course and wrapped the leg, gave him 2 Grams of Bute, and called the vet briiiiiight and early in the morning. By now (Wednesday morning), it has swollen past the pastern and into the cannon. Vet believes it may be an abscess that is so bad, that it's causing swelling in the leg.

So okay... I'm trying to just take it easy here and not get too dramatic. I'm one of those types of horse folks that would rather just pay for the x-rays, ultrasounds, whatever, and know right away what's going on, then to just sit around and hope it'll just work itself out. So i'm already scouting out second opinions. What do you folks think? I haven't ever heard of abscesses that suddenly appeared out of nowhere and within the same day, began to cause swelling in the leg. I would assume that an abscess in the hoof would make the horse lame for DAYS before it would finally work it's way into the leg. What do ya'll think?

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post #2 of 21 Old 11-28-2012, 11:47 PM
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Sounds odd to me as well. Definitely get a second opinion. Did you hose the leg?
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i didn't hose the leg. I was thinking of icing it for about 20 minutes in the morning, and sweating it at night. I bought some Poultice as well, although i have no idea what it does or how it works. Farrier is coming out Friday to check the hoof, and depending on what he says, I will get a vet to come out quickly thereafter.
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Certainly sounds like abscess symptoms. Often horses will come up looking like they've broken their leg, when it's just a nasty abscess.

Poultice the hoof and soak it at least twice daily in hot water with epsom salts, to try and draw it out. In the meantime, book an appointment with your farrier, who may be able to cut it out depending on how deep it is.
I had a horse with a slightly rotated pedal bone which created a club foot, due to an untreated and deep seated abscess as a yearling.

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Sounds odd to me as well. Definitely get a second opinion.
Yah, I'm thinkin maybe not an abcess. Strain or sprain, I would hose it or ice it fer sure.
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lymph node infected? cellulitis ? did you wrap it ? sweat it ? nitrofurozone plastic wrap then leg wraps.
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post #7 of 21 Old 11-29-2012, 01:12 AM
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Since it showed up after working and is so high up, I'm think more like a sprain also.
I would do hydra therapy. That at lease won't cause any negative reaction. Did he give you any antibiotics?

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You need to get your farrier in, let him search for the abscess then poultice the foot until the hole runs clean.

The swelling develops as the blood circulation is disrupted by the swelling within the foot. Fluid that is normally moved back up the leg by the horse moving around is trapped in the leg - it will go once the inflamatino dies down in the foot. Please don't lavethe abscess to work it's way out via the topof the foot as there is always a risk that it will track to the bone possibly infecting the bone and causing permenant damage.

Here is a cheap and easy poultice boot that will last several days or more whenthe horse is turned out.

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I hope it isnt a bowed tendon. Got luck with what ever the situation is.

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Tnavas, that's a great boot idea! I posted a poultice tip last night on Resolve Wound facebook page. Here's what we add to a poultice, and it really helps.

For soft tissue injuries, or leg swelling, a few additions to a store bought poultice can make a big difference. Add epsom salts, 1/2 water, 1/2 oil, plus a little bit of liniment gel. Don't add so much liniment that the mix heats up while wrapped. The idea is to cool the leg, and it doesn't take much liniment to cool. Baby oil works well, as it's inexpensive. Adjust until you have a thick paste. To apply, wet hands and pack it on the leg. This works great for hocks. Wrap poultice with wet feed sack (trimmed), then cotton padding, then vetrap. This is a great 12-24 hour poultice for leg swelling and injuries.
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