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    04-16-2009, 05:06 PM
leg injury

Hey! I have an 11 year old paint mare who has had a hot, puffy leg for about 3 years. Everytime I ride her she doesn't favorite it at all, but after I get off she starts limping and favoring her leg. Any Ideas of what it could be?
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    04-16-2009, 05:10 PM
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Usually if there is heat involved then you've got an issue. I would have it checked by a vet...
    04-16-2009, 05:20 PM
Okay, thanks. My mom"s horse has to get stitches out so I can have it checked then. I just think that it is really wierd that it doesn't bother her during a lesson.
    04-16-2009, 05:21 PM
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I'm thinking since it's been going on for so long it's either something permanent that you will be dealing with forever or it's an arthritis issue but you never know, there might be a simple fix. Maybe she kicks herself when she moves....
    04-16-2009, 10:09 PM
3 Years and it's only being dealt with now? Poor mare. Good thing you are looking into it for her.

At any rate, this needs to be dealt with. You could cold hose her a couple of times a day until the vet comes out and see if that helps her at all. And you say she isn't lame when you ride, but only when you end the ride. So don't ride until you figure it out. This is only aggravating the injury -- whatever it is.
    04-17-2009, 05:31 PM
Thanks. I took her to the vet and the doc said that we got very lucky that she didn't hurt herself. She just has a bone chip that was rubbing a little, but she is okay now.
    04-17-2009, 08:19 PM
Glad she is better. You had the chip removed / dissolved I take it. Bet she's happier.
    04-17-2009, 09:49 PM
Actually, the chip didn't need to be removed. I don't know why. But the vet said that she was fine.
    04-18-2009, 07:19 PM
So what did the vet do? I don't understand how it could be a problem for 3 years and now all of a sudden it's OK because the vet knows what it is? Something must have been done, right?
    04-20-2009, 05:12 PM
Honestly, I don't know what the vet did because I wasn't there, but now her leg is not puffy, or hot.

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