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post #1 of 3 Old 09-28-2013, 02:38 PM Thread Starter
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hind leg lameness

My 12 y.o.QH mare came up lame today, right hind, some swelling on her pastern, reluctant to put weight on it. She was fine yesterday. I cold soaked it this morning, and will do same this evening. But: to Bute or not to Bute? should I wrap it? somewhere I have methyl salicylate gel, should I put that on her pastern?
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post #2 of 3 Old 09-28-2013, 08:10 PM
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Could be an abcess but hard to say really could be anything. My gelding abcessed here on his hind feet started off a bit gimpy for a few days. Then he went dead lame I started soaking in warm epsom salts water.

Only took about a day and abcesses popped but he was still very lame so did icthamol and wrapped his hoofs with that. Next morning the rest of abcesses popped now he feels a lot better. No I wouldn't give bute it will only mask the lameness better off without it that way if it gets worse you will know.
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post #3 of 3 Old 09-28-2013, 08:12 PM
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Any heat with that swelling? Could be an abscess, could be something else. Cold hosing shouldn't hurt.

The bute question is one of those good thing bad things... You hate to have a horse in pain yet you need to see if it progresses.... :(

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