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post #1 of 4 Old 01-29-2012, 01:04 PM Thread Starter
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Filly jumped fence - question about swollen leg

This afternoon Cavalina jumped the fence (4ft., oak boards) between paddocks. I didn't see it happen but I also suspect that she got herself a bit hung up on it.

(She's the one grazing... trying to look innocent, I suppose)

She has a cut on her right hind cannon, her stifle on both sides and below her hock on her left hind leg. These are just scrapes more or less, I put AluShield on them for the night and will keep an eye on them.

While I was cleaning her up I noticed that the front of her left cannon is swollen. She was a bit tender when I pressed on it. Do you think it's just swelling from trauma/a hematoma? It looks weird to me... trying to decide whether to call the vet in the moring. I put some Absorbine liniment gel on it and was debating on whether to put a standing wrap on it, but decided against it since she's not even 3 years old yet and would most likely mess with it.

While my brother and I were out putting the boards back up she trotted around a bit and wasn't lame (and I only knew of the cut on her cannon at that time). But by the time I saw her other cuts/swelling it was dark outside.

What do you wise HFers think? (These are just pics from my phone, sorry if they aren't the greatest...)


This one is more from the side - you can't see the swelling as much, but you can see the cut below her hock.

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post #2 of 4 Old 01-29-2012, 04:37 PM
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Well, isn't to bad, but, I would hose it down as much as possible with cold water.

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post #3 of 4 Old 01-29-2012, 04:50 PM
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Truthfully, I wouldn't worry about it too much. She banged herself where there is no muscle or fat to soften the blow. Consider how small a bang it takes to make your shin swell up and turn black LOL.

I would just keep an eye on it over the next few days. It may get a little bigger in the next day or two when the swelling really gets going but so long as she isn't 3 legged lame, she'll heal up just fine. If it starts to get really, really big or if she starts limping bad (more than just "I'm a little bit sore" limping), then I would start considering a vet.

I'm quite certain that she'll be just fine though. Silly filly LOL.

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Hydro therapy, a fancy word for cold hosing. Nice number she did on the fence.
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