Ok so I have an 11 year old mare that I just recently started training to ride with the help of a trainer. Its been a very long process! The basic story of how this started is that she started taking a few off steps, every now and then with the front left. Nothing major, trainer and I assumed muscle soreness. The lameness continued on and off after reducing the amount of work we were asking her to do. We thought maybe an abcess as nothing looked visably wrong. One day we tried working her and she looked fine to start but once we put the side reins on she was very off.
We checked the leg and the back of her knee on the inner side was swollen and a little bit warm. A vein on the inside of her leg about halfway down the cannon was also a bit swollen.
She was given maybe a week off at this point. I cold hosed her and the swelling had gone and I felt no heat. I tried lunging her to see how she looked and there was no lameness that I could tell so I gave her a bit of a workout (stupid stupid stupid). I tried her 2 days later and she was very lame again and the heat and swelling was back in both areas.
Its now been almost 2 weeks I think. I've been cold hosing it every day for 15mins and a few days ago I borrowed a pair of back on track wraps. I've been putting them on for a few hours everyday and will be leaving them on overnight (I was told to slowly accustome her to them). The knee swelling seems to be gone but the vein is still swollen. I'm freaking out! I just noticed a few days ago that its swollen above and below the knee.
Now, I'm calling the vet tomorrow! I'm so completely stressed out. I'm really terrified this is going to be a ligament. Please opinions! I want to know what to ask the vet. I know they'll advise me but I don't think I can wait, I think about my poor girl constantly. Do you think an ultrasound will be the best way to go?
Why is the vein so swollen??? HEEELLLPPP
If my computer was more cooperative I would try to find pictures to detail exactly where this is happening but unfortunately that's not going to happen apparently.
Any advice GREATLY appreciated!