Fluid in Left Hind Joints **Pics**
I have a call into the vet... Waiting for a call back. Not sure what to think about this while Zee is rehabbing from the left front torn suspensory. Below are my notes from Sunday & yesterday. I'm at work now, so I can't check on him today until I get out of the office. I spoke briefly with my trainer this morning. She said she did not see him over exerting himself when turned out yesterday, but I asked if he could be given a small amount of Ace today, just in case he's overdoing it. We're just past two months since he's been rehabbing.
Zee having trouble lifting hind legs. When asked to pick up his foot, he lifted his entire back left leg from the stifle, over flexed hock, and unable to relax his weight into my hand. Pushing leg to the outside while holding it up. Did on right side as well. Tried 6-8 times on each side with same result. My trainer believes he has a bog spavin. Large soft fluid lumps on outside and inside of left hock. While tacking up, started to “park out” as though he was going to urinate. Sheath (not penis) extended and slightly swollen looking. No urinating, but unable to stand still. Walked him under saddle, light trotting for a minute. Seemed hitchy and hard to get going at the trot. Rechecked later in the evening. Fluid in hocks appeared to have gone down slightly, easier to pick up back feet. Had gone outside in limited turnout Friday & Saturday, not Sunday.
Checked on Zee Monday night. Fluid lumps still present on left hock. Slightly larger, particularly on the inside. Left hind ankle quite swollen, but only slightly warm. Picking up feet fairly normal. No parking out. Hand walked for 10 minutes, trotted for soundness. Did not seem lame, but left hind hock & ankle seemed sticky at the trot. Continued walking and swelling in ankle decreased by about 50%.
Pics below are from last night, of the left hind leg.
I've spent most of my life riding horses. The rest I've just wasted.
Last edited by Zimpatico; 03-29-2011 at 12:45 PM.