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  • Horse limps no swelling
  • Horse acts lame then better then lame again

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    02-24-2012, 08:41 PM
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lame - no heat


I took the horses blankets off today and turned them loose because it was supposed to be 70 and windy. Called that one wrong, we had a severe thunderstorm - IN FEBRUARY! In fact... we had tornado watches!

I came home from work and Ri was staring at me from his usual spot in the field. I stopped the car and chatted with him and then went to the house. Came back out and he was in the same spot. Called to him and he turned and took several VERY lame steps (right front). Then he cantered in to me. He then took very lame steps again. I pulled him out of the field and he does have a small amount of swelling just above the fetlock joint. On the inside there is a soft spongy type of swelling. There is no heat. I took his temp and it was 100.8 - He is eating fine.

I called the vet (my vet has a 5 vet practice). The on call vet is one that I have never met so I'm sure she thinks I'm a fruit loop because I was trying to get her to come out. She said she would but after talking to me she'd really rather wait until tomorrow to save me money. She thinks it sounds like it could be an abscess or he tweaked it but because he cantered in it shouldn't be a fracture and without the heat she is thinking more hoove although she can't diagnose without seeing him. So her suggestion was stall and bute. Check him again before bed (I'm forcing myself to wait a little while before going down - let the bute start working).

I over worry when it comes to my animals but I'm just looking for thoughts and suggestions... He did have an abscess on that same hoove about a month or two ago and his leg swelled to the knee when it happened...
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    02-24-2012, 09:00 PM
With no heat an abscess would be my guess.

How responsive is your farrier? For hoof or leg issues (unless it's an obvious wound) I call my farrier before I call my vet.
    02-24-2012, 09:05 PM
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I geuss I should text him right now. He's not the most responsive in the world but he is really good. I'll text him right this minute. Maybe I can get him out tomorrow afternoon. I need to get epson salt and ichthomal then. I used it all on the last abscess. Could it be the same abscess?
    02-24-2012, 09:07 PM
I doubt it would be the same one as it was a month or two ago and he has been sound.
Mud season = abscess season in my opinion.

I mentioned calling your farrier because mine is very responsive and requests that I call him rather than a vet for hoof/leg issues.
    02-24-2012, 09:11 PM
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I just texted him so hopefully I can get him out tomorrow. I am going to go check on him shortly. I put double bedding in his stall...

He just responded. He'll be here in the morning.
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    02-24-2012, 09:15 PM
Good news.
    02-24-2012, 09:58 PM
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Just went down and checked on him. He's more lame then he was before and he had been laying down. Dragged him out of his stall and now the swelling is to the knee. Still no heat in the swelling but I think I may have felt some in the heal bulb. I found ichthomal and slathered it all over it. Hoping it's an abscess. Just put him back to bed and promised I wouldn't bother him again until morning....
    02-25-2012, 02:49 AM
My horse just finished having a bad abcess this month of February, she was so lame it frightened me it was the same leg she had shock wave therapy done on. She had fractured her splint bone and I thought it was acting up of course I thought of the worse. My farrier came out poked at her and found a deep abcess thank god. They act asthough their leg is broken from their hoof up to their hip...I did feel heat down by her bulbs of her foot and around the coronary band , I soaked her foot and packed it left it on for 48 hrs at a time now she is fine...
    02-25-2012, 02:59 AM
Originally Posted by farmpony84    
I just texted him so hopefully I can get him out tomorrow. I am going to go check on him shortly. I put double bedding in his stall...

He just responded. He'll be here in the morning.
me likey...he sounds like a keeper :) haha

I hope you get to the bottom of the issue....sounds like and abscess to me as well.....hope your boy starts to feeling better and soon!
    02-25-2012, 03:02 PM
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He came out this morning while I was at a baseball clinic with Max. He dug a big hole in his hoof but stopped because it was so deep. Definitely an abscess. I'm getting ready to go soak in epsom salt and then stuff w/ ichthomol and gauze and then tape it up and keep him in overnight again. (he's been in since last night. Won't be very happy with me!

I made husband go out and buy all the supplies I needed. He was mad because I didn't have them on hand. Well... I used them on the last abscess!

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