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  • Swollen sheath
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    05-24-2010, 09:28 AM
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Lame :(

I had my lesson yesterday and it was a hard one... When we were finished I put Riley on the trailer. He was fine, then when I got home and took him off, he was fine again but when I put him in the stall he turned on his hind end and kind of jerked his back foot up like it hurt. But then he was fine. This morning he is LAME. I can't remember protocol on it.

I was going to give him bute but this last time I ordered the powdered kind instead of the tubes, and it didn't come with a measuring cup??? So I have no idea how much to give, so no bute this morning.

There was no heat or swelling although when I poked and prodded it seemed like there was pain just below the hock. I couldn't remember do you leave them out with no heat or swelling or lock them up? UGH. Then I can never decide if I should give it a few days or call the vet immediately. I know everyone usually says wait a couple days. I'm going to call the vet in about 30 minutes (when they open) and ask about the measurements on the bute and then go ahead and leave a message to speak to a vet but I was just looking for thoughts and opinions....
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    05-24-2010, 06:15 PM
I try to avoid Bute for all but the most intense pains, and even then, I'm pretty skeptical. I just get Equispirin [aspirin for horses]. I think too many people baby their horses and fill them with painkillers when in most cases, they CAN walk it off. I can't say the same for everyone, but I know when my horse really needs attention or can walk it off.

That being said, put him out, movement helps circulation helps healing. Just don't let him out with enough room and friends to freak out if you can. Cold hose for the first day, keep an eye on appetite, energy level, etc and make sure it doesn't change. Chances are he just tweaked it a bit and is sore. It could be swollen this morning by resting it all night and it stocked up.

Here's wishing a speedy recovery. =]
    05-24-2010, 08:38 PM
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I left him out all day and it's really swelled and hot now. I did slip him some bute (I have some tubes left). I called the vet and they told me to stall him so I'll put him in tonight. I cold hosed him and put him in my round pen for now (it's grass). I'll go back down afer dinner and cold hose him for another 20 minutes.

I can't tell where the pain is. I thought it was up near the hock but then when I poked and prodded I thought maybe it was along the let but I just don't know. He's three legged lame now. The vet is coming tomorrow at 1. Geuss this weekends two-day show is a no go... next weekend was the 3-day QH show... probably down for a while....

Sad now... :( He does seem chipper though....
    05-24-2010, 10:19 PM
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Hosed him again... still lame. I was somehow hoping that in the 2 hours it took to cook dinner he'd get all better... :(
    05-24-2010, 10:41 PM
Did you check his hoof and make sure he didn't step on anything? Often a nail in the hoof will cause swelling further up the leg.
    05-24-2010, 10:49 PM
If it helps my 1300lb AQHA just got Bute for a swollen sheath at 1 gram (powder) twice a day. I measured the scoop (1 gram) to be just under a tablespoon.
    05-24-2010, 11:06 PM
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Kevin, I picked his hoof out thinking that maybe it could be an abscess? I honostly don't have a clue. I'm not real good on stuff like this. I'm scheduled for a 1:00 visit from the vet, hopefully they'll bring the x-ray "stuff". It seems like the entire leg from the hock down is swelled. He acts like the hock hurts on either side or if I "wiggle" it and then he acts like the lower leg hurts when I poke and prod. The felt lock is the most swollen part but it doesnt seem to bother him. He will set the entire foot down flat but when he walks, he's on his tip toe.

Chella that does help. Thanks. I took a pen and pushed around the powdered bute thinking the scoop was burried, I don't think there is one... :(
    05-24-2010, 11:53 PM
It sounds like an abscess to me. Tiptoe walking, but will set it flat. Probably isn't weighing it then. Had a mare who would get an occasional abscess. Once was 3 legged lame until the farrier(who showed up as scheduled, great timing) poked it and relieved the issue. Sometimes you can feel where they are and sometimes not. She also swelled the abscessed foot/leg all the way up her cannon bone. Not unheard of. I would wrap both front legs(she always abscessed on the fronts), and pack the sole with a drawing agent(betadine scrub/epsom salts) and wrap that into a boot as well.
    05-24-2010, 11:57 PM
Is your horse barefoot by any chance?
    05-25-2010, 02:08 PM
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He has shoes on the front and is barefoot on the back. The back left is the one that is bad. I'm sitting at the house waiting for the vet now. She should be here anytime. One of the reasons I am so worried is that he fractured his pelvis when he was a baby, maybe 6 months? So anytime there is a rear issue I worry that it's related.......

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