Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Gallant, Alabama
Lame and with a swollen fetlock... any home remedies for pain?
I don't have a clue what is going on with my mare. She came up lame a little over a week ago. I only noticed because she started limping a little at a trot, and upon further inspection, her front fetlock joint is swollen and stiff.
I called my vet and he told me to give her aspirin until I could get some bute. I managed to get some bute a few days later and she's been on it off and on, when it seems like she's really hurting. For the most part, she's fine at a walk, but if she gets any faster, she limps.
Her fetlock joint is pretty swollen and has a pretty good bit of heat in it. Really stiff as well. She'll pick it up easily, but if I squeeze any, she jerks away, or tries to. I pulled her shoes after I noticed it and she let me, but it was very obvious that it hurt her a lot to have the shoe on that leg taken off (pulling the nails out, loosening the shoe, etc...).
Before she came up lame, I was told that she'd gotten out of the pasture and she had cuts from the barbed wire all over her back legs, but barely any on the front. I'm inclined to think that either she kicked something hard or she got kicked by another horse... but I dunno...
I haven't had a vet to see her because I don't have the money, though I'm keeping a very close eye on her and if she's still lame when I get the money, instead of getting my young stallion gelded right now, I'll get her checked out...
I'm hoping that she didn't do anything real serious, hopefully she just twisted her leg or something... not fractured anything or anything like that... My question is... besides the bute and ocassional aspirin, is there any home remedies for pain or swelling (besides cold hosing...) that I can make/use?
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