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    02-20-2008, 04:20 PM
He hurt his leg.... - vet results

Well about a month and a half ago, Spy was bugging one of the boarders (Mickey) and Mickey got annoyed and kicked at Spy. Well Spy spun around to get out of the way and we thought he twisted his knee (the BO saw it happen). So she brought him and Crackie in from the field and put them in a smaller paddock/run in area.
When I came out later that day, he was still limping, so I brought him in and his entire left foreleg was swollen from the knee down. The BO and I decided that we would give him some bute for a couple days and keep him in to see if the swelling went down before deciding what to do next.
The next couple days the swelling was up and down; finally after about 2 weeks of stall rest (he was only on bute for a week) we talked to Mickey's owner who is a BM at a racing barn, she looked at it and said to stand him in the snow (thats as close to cold hosing as we could get) So after a couple days of standing him in a snowbank the swelling really went down (yay!) and now he has a lump on his leg. So again, we asked what Mickey's owner thought it might be, she said it was just like a knot and to massage it out. So for the last few weeks he's been getting it massaged a couple times a day, and being stood in the snowbank. The vet has been called and is coming out next week (If I owned him, she would have been called a while ago, but not my horse).
I was just wondering if anyone had any idea what this could be?
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    02-20-2008, 04:25 PM
If it is squishy it could be a fluid build up and we put DMSO on that. My mare got it after she got the tail end of a kick and right below and above she had fluid pockets. The vet told us to put DMSO on it and it really works...I don't know exactly what DMSO is put it gets hot(steams if it is cold out) and you can't get it on you or you will taste it for like a week!!!

Let us know when you find out what it is!!!!!
    02-21-2008, 10:08 AM
Thanks for the reply, its not squishy.. its hard, and feels like a knot you would get in your shoulder (thats how Mickey;s owner explained it). Im hoping the vet will be able to get out soon!
    02-22-2008, 03:01 AM
My mare had a similar lump on her leg too but It wasn't from getting kicked. She went through a fence and got cuts on her legs (not bad cuts, more like scratches). One cut was a bit deeper than others and once it had healed completely she had a hard lump on her leg. I was worried at first but it didn't bother her and I could press on it without it hurting her.
Eventually the lump went away on it's own and I've had no probs since with her leg. It took a while to go away though so I would recommend getting a vet out like you are doing just to check! :)
    02-23-2008, 06:52 PM
Well the vet came out and she thought that he has damaged the tissue under his ligament, so he is on an antinflamtory and is to have his leg wrapped for support, and stand in the snowbank for about 20 min twice a day. Hopefully this is all it is, and he will be all better soon!
    02-23-2008, 09:59 PM
The snowbank seems to be working, but you can also use polo wraps to wrap frozen veggies (in the bag) around the area.

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