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    11-27-2008, 07:48 AM
jarreds swollen fetlock

Well if its not one thing its another. Jarry is just slowly getting over a huge blowout in his offside front and then today he has to go and chase the new gelding around like a mad man and seems to have done something to his nearside front leg.

He was chasing this new horse and got to a point where he decided to stop. The ground is all soft and wet because its been raining for forever and when he stopped he stopped so quick that his foot sorted sunk into the ground and then he did a 180 and walked away limping. I couldnt see any probs at first and then I noticed him limping more after a while.

I took some pics of it. His leg was pretty hot so we cold hosed it for a while and then put him in the sick paddock for the night. I have organised some bute from a friend but I can't get that until tomorrow morning.

Any ideas on what the silly old bugger has done now
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    11-27-2008, 08:19 AM
Looks like the same thing our very playful mare does when the weather changes, it's muddy, and she runs around like a barrel racer...similar to a wrenched/twisted/sprained ankle for us (she's done this to both fore and hind legs in the past).
We alternate cold hosing/ice packs/bucket of ice water and liniment 3 times a day for 2 days to reduce the swelling + stall rest in a double stall for 3 to 5 days to limit her mobility.
After that, we wrap it and let her into a paddock for another 3 to 5 days to keep her from running around (too much) and keep an eye on her. If the limp starts to get worse, back in the stall for another day.
Usually the second and third day are the worst until the swelling really starts to go down.
We don't use bute, because it will make her feel too good, she'll want to run around, and it takes longer to heal (but many people do, and it is very painful for us to see her hobbling around).
Once she's back to walking pretty well and it's wrapped (usually after a week), we'll start walking her in hand for short distances (1/4-1/2 mile) to start working it, and we're back to riding her after 2 weeks.
If we were to not see improvement after 3 days, though, we probably would get x-rays, but luckily, that hasn't been the case.
Hope that's all it is.
    11-27-2008, 11:44 AM
I agree with PHM, its probably just a little sprain from playing around. He could have gotten kicked or just banged it on something. Jubilee had a puffy fetlock before but it went down on its own. I wouldn't ride him until the swellings completely down. It could make it worse.

Is he sore on it?
    11-27-2008, 04:55 PM
^^^ he's not being ridden at the moment anyways because of the blow out in the other hoof.

I guess he's sore considering he was limping around on it ;) and there was a fair bit of heat in it hence why we cold hosed it. There was no kicking or banging going on. He was fine before the sudden stop and spin in the mud. Im sure it was that that did the damage.

Hopefully it is just a strain or something. I have him in a 1/4 acre paddock with my new mare. That's the smallest yard I can put him in. We have no stables but even if we did I wouldnt be able to leave him in one cause he would skitz out. He's pretty immobile though. Not just the leg but its really hot here at the moment so he's kinda just hanging out under the shade of the trees.

I decided to give him some bute this morning. I picked it up just so I could have it there in case (normally its vet issued) but then decided when I saw him limping worse and the swelling was slightly bigger that I would start him on the bute. I cold hosed him again and put some DMSO on it. Ill be back out there again in a few hours to hose it and then a few hours after that. This is one of those times I wish the horses were in our backyard. Its a half our trip each way to see them. We are looking for a house at the moment though so hopefully they will be in my backyard again soon :)
    11-28-2008, 06:17 AM
Here's hope for a speedy recovery.
    11-29-2008, 12:58 AM
It looks like a sprain. Lots of cold hosing and some bute and he should be okay in a few days. Good luck!
    11-29-2008, 06:43 PM
I would get the vet out to see him asap to rule out a ligament or tendon injury or even a possible fracture. I also would put him on stall rest with both front legs wrapped. Bute for pain control (1 Gm a.m. And p.m in his feed).
    11-30-2008, 06:31 AM
Thanks for the advice but I don't think I need a vet. The swelling has gone done completely now and he is getting around like normal.

I did give him bute for a day but left it go after that so it wouldnt mask any underlying problems. There is definitely no fractures or tendon injuries

Thanks for your help though

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