I went to the barn today to find Jubilee happily eating hay with her friends out in the field. I was really happy to see her because I hadn't been out to the barn in a week. Anyway, I happened to look down and notice that her back legs were incredibly swollen! Both equally swollen, all down the leg from below the hock to her ankles. Well you can imagine my shock. Trying to breathe and not freak out, I clipped her lead to her halter and started leading her back to the barn, because I knew that my barn manager was there, and I could get her advice about what to do.
Jubilee has had mud fever before and I thought maybe it was that again, but I felt around her legs and there was no scabs or anything telling me mud fever. Her legs were a little warm as well (especially around the ankle). Anyway, I hurriedly brought her to the barn (trying to be patient as she trudges through the snow) meanwhile trying not cry and trying to reason with myself that everything will be ok. So I bring her to my barn manager who looks at her and tells me she's just stocked up, from standing too long in one place. She told me to walk her out and the swelling will eventually go down, and that she'll be fine.
This relieved me a little, so I took Jube out on the road and started walking her up and down. Then I brought in her the big snowy field and walked her in there for a while. I thought that making her trudge through the deep snow would get her legs moving and get the blood flowing. Then I hand trotted her a bit up and down the road (did the walk/trot thing for a good half hour).
Then I brought her back to the barn to saddle her up. I looked at her legs and already the swelling was starting to go down. I still wanted to work her a bit more. So I brought her in the arena and rode her, just walk and trot. Just nice and easy. She was great. She's not lame at all and didn't seem sore. She had her ears perked, happy, kicking up the snow as we rode along. It was great. When I got off, her legs looked even better. I brought her in the barn and messaged her legs with my hands too, hoping that would also help bring back circulation.
Do you think I did the right thing about this?? I'm going back to the barn as soon as I can to ride her out and stuff. I just feel so bad because it's really hard for me to get out to the barn alot and if she was exercised more, this probably wouldn't have happened.
Anyway ... another thing that I'm kinda worried about too, was that she didn't finish all of her grain today. Usually she eats the entire bucket and licks it clean. She left just about a quarter of it, not much. She was really tired and yawning alot, so do you think its because she was just sleepy? When I put her out with the horses, she didn't want to eat any hay. She looked really tired. What do you guys think? Was she just in a lazy/tired mood? Is she depressed? Is it the weather?
*Note: Apart from this she is great. She has a nice fluffy, healthy coat, bright eyes, ears always forward. My BO did tell me she laid down in her stall this morning. But she seemed fine and she ate all her grain in the morning.
Thoughts? Please help. I'm a bit worried. Like, I think she'll be ok. But I just wanted opinions.
Thanks to everyone who read this.