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    09-08-2011, 10:18 AM
freaking out, swollen leg, heat, lameness and small cut-vet called

I just came out to feed my boys and my old guy Blue wasn't putting any weight on his left rear, the leg is very hot and I found a small cut on the inside of his leg. The cut looks a few days old but he was fine last night. I called the vet and they are coming out mid morning,so hopefully before noon. He's eating and drinking but can barley walk, I'm so worried this may be the end for him that I can't stop sobbing, he's between 33 and 38 years old and never been injured or sick before. Please someone tell me he will be ok! I've had him 13 years and can't bare the thought of loosing him
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    09-08-2011, 10:25 AM
Do not panic yourself before the vet gets there. It might be something simple and easy to treat.
    09-08-2011, 10:30 AM
Please wait until the vet sees him before you get too upset. There's lots of things that can lame a leg & lots of ways to fix it. Unless it is a bad fracture most things can be helped.
I found my horse like that once. Hugely swollen, non-weight bearing. I was sure it was fractured & it turned out it was but it was a fracture splint bone & healed well on it's own.
An abscess can make a horse not want to walk & they come on really fast.
Maybe cold hosing will make him feel better & give you something to do. It can't hurt.
Stay strong & let us know what the vet finds. I hope for good news.
    09-08-2011, 10:32 AM
Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
Do not panic yourself before the vet gets there. It might be something simple and easy to treat.

Some horses are very sensitive to cuts and abrasions in the wrong spot. Think of a paper cut. As tiny as it is, those buggers hurt like heck.

Until the vet gets there - hose down the leg to clean it up and the cold water should also help with the swelling and the pain (numbs it a bit).
    09-08-2011, 10:41 AM
My friends horse got lymphangitis from cutting his leg on a rusty round pen. The cut was tiny. The vet said that bacteria got in through the cut and his immune system was down (because he is just not recovering from colic surgery?) but the vet said to keep him moving and try to get his immune system back up and running. But with her horse... all four legs wer swollen. But they said that is rare with lymphangitis. Usually its only the front or back legs, not all the legs.
    09-08-2011, 10:48 AM
Ah - jrcci - sorry but you are not helping the OP to calm down.

We all have horror stories. This is not the time.
    09-08-2011, 10:57 AM
It wasnt a big issue though. They just gave him a shot and now he is fine. Im not trying to upset anyone. I thought it would help. Im sorry if I upsetted you rachel. But it probably is not a big deal. Stay positive :)
    09-08-2011, 11:08 AM
Thanks guys, iv cold hosed it and the vet just called to say they will be here in half hour. Is there a way to post a pic from my phone? The cut is a bit worse then I thought, inside his knee(?) About an inch long and 1/4 inch wide maybe
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    09-08-2011, 11:10 AM
Send the picture to your email then save it on your computer. That is what I always do.
    09-08-2011, 11:17 AM
Relax take a deep breath and wait for the vet. I hope every thing turns out for the best.

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