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    05-14-2010, 02:54 PM
What exactly do you mean by walking at an angle? Does she swing her leg forwrd at an angle, or does she shift her weight funny, or does she carry herself crooked?
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    05-14-2010, 03:17 PM
I wouldn't worry much about the wounds. They seem pretty superficial. There may be more serious damage to the joint or tendons but you would need at least an x-ray and that would only tell you if the bone is damaged.
    05-14-2010, 03:23 PM
She shifts her weight oddly before settling her leg down to bare weight on it. Her back end walks in a angle. You can visably see the leg shake as she brings it back down to stand on. We are thinking she pulled a muscle or something but it has been over a week now to no improvement.

The wounds all look good but one behind her leg, it is a deep cut that does in deep into her flesh. We are highly concerned about that one more tahn any other ones. Her knee is really swollen still also.

We have been cold hosing her twice a day. The vet did come out and placed her on SMZ twice a day for 10 days and bute twice a day for 3 days. We also use wound-kote spray on her legs once we hose them clean. She is on stall rest to walks from myself or my husband to avoid colic...really don't want that again.
    05-14-2010, 11:10 PM
Has the vet been out a second time? I'm just curious what he would say about this hind limb thing.

If it were my horse, I'd masage over all her muscles. One good thing about this, is if there is any muscle damage, you will find it. When you get to an area that is tender, make note of it. Sometimes injuries in one part of the body, like the back, will show up as lameness. I would also get a flexion test of the affected limb to rule out joint injuries.

My favorite thing for cleaning a deep cut is a 35 mm syringe from 2-3 inches away.

Edited to add: How is the swelling in her knee now compared to the day after the injury?
    05-15-2010, 10:22 AM
The swelling in the knee is the same as it was last week when she injured it. She was injured May 6. The vet is due back out next week to see her again but I might cancel and call in a second opinion.
She won't let us press on her yet without attempting to bite, she is in a lot of pain. We have been just using a soft brush to brush her lightly right now.
    05-15-2010, 11:19 AM
Could the leg be broken? Maybe not a complete break but a fracture of some sort? The swelling looks considerable. I don't say this to cause you more concern as you have enough obviously but just for you to consider if you hadn't already. Guess it's an unknown without an xray? I agree you should get a second opinion asap.

I do wish you & your horse well and I can relate to your anquish about her condition. My horse is suffering badly now with a month old severe laceration to his left hind and an iffy prognosis.

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