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  • Horse rear leg strain lump swelling windgalls
  • Lumps on horses legs windgalls

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    04-16-2008, 08:55 PM
Thanks guys.

Yeh im not sure.

Harlee- No as I mentioned above, he didnt hit his legs on any rails that lesson. He has always had smallish bumbs, but these look much bigger.

Abby- I havnt seen a splint before, so im not sure if it is.

Is there any way you can help him? Or will he break down with continued intense training?

Im worried :(
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    04-16-2008, 09:39 PM
Is there any heat on his legs? Have the lumps changed before? Are they changing now since the competition? Off hand, I'm thinking of tendon strain/injury, especially if he had lots of time off, then worked hard right into jumping. Also, if there was a previous injury (that you don't know about, sounds like) to the area that caused the lumps 'way back when, of course the area is more susceptible to future injury, causing more/bigger lumps. Seems to me that bone damage wouldn't be lumpy like that?? I dunno.

If there isn't heat and no pain, the only other thing I can think of is windgalls, but seems unlikely.

If you are worried, have a vet come out and let him decide if an ultrasound or an x-ray will tell you more. You won't know how to help if you don't know what it is. In the meantime, if there is heat, some ice tight twice a day with cold hosing will carry you through.
    04-17-2008, 05:46 AM
Northernmama- Yeh there was some heat in his legs at the time, although now (he hasnt been ridden for a day) theres no heat. No the lumps havnt changed like this before, and I have only noticed this sort of 'reaction' since the Showjumping school. I checked his legs, no scars, hair missing etc. She didnt say anything about a previous injury, it wouldnt be a riding injury though, cause he didnt have much work before hand.
ATM im putting 'Rapigel' on his back legs. This is a muscel and joint relief gel. It works.

I guess what im asking, if its not causing him any pain, is a vet suitable? My Vet I use has gone on Holidays (mates rates lol) and the one close by I don't like, and she is afraid of 'taller' horses I am told :roll: (Thats not much help).

Whats the symtoms on 'Wind galls"??

Thanks nothernmama
    04-17-2008, 11:51 AM
If there is heat, it's not wind galls. I would think a soft tissue injury. Doesn't take much sometimes -- could easily have happened with a bad step in the field one day. It's just an odd pattern of "bumps" -- usually swelling from is more consistent.

If there isn't any heat, he's not sore or lame and you're not working him right now, you can probably wait for the vet to come back. But I would avoid letting him sit and then working him so hard all of a sudden. Even 15 minutes a day can make a difference to keep him moving. Imagine if you did nothing for a week and then ran a marathon? Tough on the body.

Have the lumps subsided any since yesterday?
    04-19-2008, 05:44 AM

DO NOT FEAR!!! Hehehe

My mare has the exact same lumps, well I should say lump (she only has it on one back leg!)

I never noticed it before....not even a slight lump!
The story goes..... I took her cross country training and my partner video recorded it all for me to run back over afterwards. She went really well and didnt hit anything at all! I can vouch for that because of the video I have of the whole thing!
I took her home in the box very chuffed with her and turned her out as normal.....
The next day I went down early in the morning as normal to feed and poo-pick (sigh) and was giving her a scratch when I noticed to my horror the swelling on the front of her right hind. I immediately cold hosed it for 20mins, and repeated this 6 times daily with putting leg ice on the leg between hosing. I left her turned out as when she stands in her legs fill anyway so thought it would make it worse not walking around on it.

I gave her a bute that night to take the swelling away (as it is an anti-imflamitory drug) not for the pain as there didnt seem to be any. Within 2days of hosing etc it had virtually gone!

Unfortunately now, everytime she comes in for the day/night it re-apears, but once I started to put stable bandages on (to actually prevent both her legs filling as they do normally) it didnt come back fully.

She is never lame on it, never touchy about it and so I have never had the vet out (they would probably have said to do the same thing for the sake of a small fortune). This happened 2years ago and there is nothing wrong with the leg at all....its the brain that's not quite right! Hehehe

Hope this helps to put your mind at ease!

Elz xxx

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