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  • bilateral hind leg swellings in horses
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    08-23-2010, 03:38 PM
  #1
Foal
Lame Horse, advice please

Hi All

I noticed last night that Eagle was lame on his back leg, he is slightly lame in walk and canter but is really lame in trot? I have checked and there are no cuts, no swelling and no heat in his leg but I am worried as I have only had him for a couple of months and he is 24 years old! Does any one have any ideas what it could be?

Any advice would be great
Thanks
     
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    08-23-2010, 03:42 PM
  #2
Showing
Check the sole of his foot. Is he out 24/7? He could have picked something up.

He could also be brewing an abscess. They'll make a horse lame.

The only way to know for certain what's up, is to consult with your vet.
     
    08-23-2010, 03:47 PM
  #3
Foal
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
Check the sole of his foot. Is he out 24/7? He could have picked something up.

He could also be brewing an abscess. They'll make a horse lame.

The only way to know for certain what's up, is to consult with your vet.
Thanks for your reply, Yeah he is out 24/7 and I have checked his feet and there is nothing I can see in his foot.
     
    08-24-2010, 09:05 AM
  #4
Banned
Call the vet.

Probably nothing serious but it never hurts to know exactly what is going on.
     
    08-24-2010, 09:19 AM
  #5
Yearling
Where abouts in his leg is he lame? If its at a joint he could be showing signs of arthritis maybe? Try cold hose the leg for 15minutes twice a day and see does that relieve some pain for him
     
    08-24-2010, 09:23 AM
  #6
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Originally Posted by MaggiStar    
Try cold hose the leg for 15minutes twice a day and see does that relieve some pain for him
If there is no swelling what will cold hosing do, exactly? How does one know where to cold hose if the do not know where the injury is?
     
    08-24-2010, 09:28 AM
  #7
Yearling
When my old pony got arthritis the joint he was stiff through was cold hosed on vets ordes to ease pain this allows a small length of time where they are not in pain to move.
We were also advised to wrap frozen peas in a towel and hold them on to his joints once they really started to hurt and it really really helps them
     
    08-24-2010, 11:03 AM
  #8
Banned
But the OP does not even know where the issue that is causing the lameness is located.

Cold reduces inflammation. You were reducing the inflammation that the arthritis caused, not actually helping the arthritis.

I think warm and loose helps arthritis more than cold.
     
    08-24-2010, 11:12 AM
  #9
Yearling
But we were told to ice areas that were not outwardly inflammed could he have been making us do it to prevent inflation occuring or to reduce slight inflammation around the joints?
     

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