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    11-28-2010, 11:34 PM
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Green Broke
leg is REALLY swollen. Advice please?

Today when I was at the barn I did every thing as I normaly do. I groomed Sonador and cleaned her feet and every thing was normal. I was banding her mane when I looked down and her left rear fet lock (and the leg part above that sorry I was never good with parts of a horse) were SUPER swolen. There was a bunch of fluid in there. But there was NO heat, is was a little bit warm but that was it. I'm really puzzeled? She isnt in pain, she is walking on it fine. Every thing is normal its just full of fluid. I put "green jelly" on it (linament) and walked her up and down the barn aisle one but she seemed fine.

I really can not affored a vet right now. I just had him out less than a week ago for shots. Also they only do barn calls on thursdays and all the other vets wount come out to where that barn is located. They didnt even come out when she coliced. If I have to call him then I guess I will but I don't really see that going any where.

So any ideas as to what it could be??? And how should I treat it? Should I wrap it? I'm afraid to wrap it because its sooooo swollen. The BO is going to hose it in the morning for me. Should I leave her in the stall or should she be out moving around? Should I keep aplying green jelly or no? I've delt with swelling before but never this bad. I'm hoping she just twisted it or some thing and its gone by morning.
     
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    11-28-2010, 11:53 PM
  #2
Started
If there is no heat, no obvious cuts, then I would at least take her out a couple times a day and hand walk her for 20 minutes or so, to help the circulation. Look for even the smallest cut, or puncture. Condensing a long story, I had a mare who punctured her hind leg to the bone, was told by a trainer that it was just a cut, as I didn't want to call the vet out in a panic if it wasn't an issue, found out the next day that it was a puncture, took care of it with the advice of another trainer, but after a week had to call the vet out only to find out how bad it really was, and that there was a huge concern that the bone itself may be infected. It wasn't thankfully, but I do wish that I had gone with my gut instinct and called the vet out. She was never lame, and it didn't swell until the next day, but definitely something to look out for. Cold hosing is a good idea, if you could at least call the vet to talk to him, and maybe get the okay to give some bute, but I wouldn't advise doing it on your own without a vets opinion. Hopefully she's fine, and the swelling goes down soon.
     
    11-28-2010, 11:57 PM
  #3
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by dressagebelle    
If there is no heat, no obvious cuts, then I would at least take her out a couple times a day and hand walk her for 20 minutes or so, to help the circulation. Look for even the smallest cut, or puncture. Condensing a long story, I had a mare who punctured her hind leg to the bone, was told by a trainer that it was just a cut, as I didn't want to call the vet out in a panic if it wasn't an issue, found out the next day that it was a puncture, took care of it with the advice of another trainer, but after a week had to call the vet out only to find out how bad it really was, and that there was a huge concern that the bone itself may be infected. It wasn't thankfully, but I do wish that I had gone with my gut instinct and called the vet out. She was never lame, and it didn't swell until the next day, but definitely something to look out for. Cold hosing is a good idea, if you could at least call the vet to talk to him, and maybe get the okay to give some bute, but I wouldn't advise doing it on your own without a vets opinion. Hopefully she's fine, and the swelling goes down soon.
I looked for cuts and scrapes all up and down her leg but found nuthing. I'm very puzzeled. I really wish I knew what was going on! If I didnt have school tommorrow I would go hang out with her but I can't.
     
    11-29-2010, 12:33 AM
  #4
Foal
Did you check the sole of her foot for punctures? It's very possible she stepped on something, could even be something as small as a piece of wire that you wouldn't see necessarily when picking out her feet. Get a sponge and wash the sole of her foot and check it over for tiny holes. I had a gelding that stepped on a rusty piece of wire.. it was thin and barely visible. He ended up with the same type of swelling and after a week of treating it with the vet's advice but no visit he was favoring it so I called the vet and he came out to look at him. Long story short the vet took x-rays of his leg/foot and found a small piece of wire that had migrated up his leg almost all the way to his hock joint! We assumed that he stepped on it and it worked its way into the sole of his foot and up the leg! Didn't know that was possible until I witnessed it.

So, check the sole after you clean it for small puncture wounds... I sure hope it's nothing serious at all and she's as good as new in no time.
     
    11-29-2010, 01:08 AM
  #5
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Can a horse get stocked up on only one leg? Could that be it? If she isn't lame at all, then my inclination would be to hand walk. I don't know that I would give bute because it would mask pain that is indicative of lameness.
     
    11-29-2010, 01:09 AM
  #6
Green Broke
^^I was thinking stocked up as well actually Tiny....but wasnt sure, so then didnt post.
     
    11-29-2010, 01:16 AM
  #7
Trained
It seems odd to me that it happened so fast...you groomed her, picked her feet, she was fine...and then you looked down and it was swollen? Definitely check the sole of her foot well, and maybe wash that leg, and REALLY check for scrapes, or puncture marks in the leg...maybe even clip the hair on that foot, just so you can get a better look at it, without having to part the hair so much; it's hair, it'll grow back, I'd be more concerned with finding the source of the swelling.
     
    11-29-2010, 04:42 AM
  #8
Yearling
Definitely check for tiny holes in the leg easiest to clip it and see. My mare cut the inside hind leg right up at the teat inside and it was tiiny took ages to find.

Id also scrub that leg and foot.
Cold hose her twice daily and walk for to
     
    11-29-2010, 10:01 AM
  #9
Green Broke
She is already cliped, I checked the whole hoof and every thing. There wasnt really any dirt in the hoof so every hting was visible.

Could she stock up on one leg???? She had been out in the arena when I pulled her in. I have school today so I can't be out there to hose the leg. The BO is going to hose it for me if it is still swolen.

It's such a mistery. It's not causing any pain just swelling.
     
    11-29-2010, 10:04 AM
  #10
Weanling
My first thought is stocked up but since it was kind of sudden I'd put a call in to the vet.
     

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