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post #1 of 5 Old 12-04-2009, 01:23 PM Thread Starter
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horse fetlock swelling, help!

I have a five year old horse that over night developed a swollen fetlock. or at least the swelling seems to be in that area, it looks more on the inside of his leg then the outside as well. it isn't hot, I don't see any cuts. he won't put his weight on it, but doesn't appear to care at all when i poke and prod at it. the day before I was working on his trailer training, and he may have kicked at the door, also, that morning before I was around him apparently there was a scuffle at the feed bin, that I was wondering if he slipped or something. any ideas?
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post #2 of 5 Old 12-04-2009, 01:24 PM
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if hes lame call the vet.
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post #3 of 5 Old 12-04-2009, 02:56 PM
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Check the bottom of his hoof. If he stepped on a nail the swelling may be in the fetlock or anywhere up the leg and along the bottom of the belly. You may want to call the vet.

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post #4 of 5 Old 12-04-2009, 08:33 PM
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With soft tissue swelling, cold hosing or ice treatments are usually a good idea.
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post #5 of 5 Old 12-05-2009, 06:24 AM
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Originally Posted by barefoothooves View Post
With soft tissue swelling, cold hosing or ice treatments are usually a good idea.
I agree...just like for people, ice for 2 days, and limiting movement (like a small paddock) usually help the fastest.

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