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post #1 of 14 Old 03-13-2011, 05:57 PM Thread Starter
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Lump on fetlock

Sorry I don't have any photos right now, but...

My new horse has a hard lump on her fetlock. We've no idea what caused it, as she is an adoption case, so no background history. It's small enough really, maybe half the size of a plum, on the front of her fetlock, near the joint. I pressed it, and gave it a few taps and it didnt bother her.
The farrier said it seemed to be an old injury, and said it isnt causing any pain and wont affect her.

While riding, she is perfectly fine, except every now and then, she will pick up that leg a bit higher than the other leg. She doesnt jerk or speed up/slow down, just lifts it higher. It does feel funny, but doesnt seem to be causing her pain so far as I can see.
I have only walked, trotted and done a small bit of canter on her so far, and it has only happened about two or three times in the 3 times I rode her.

Should I be worried about this?
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post #2 of 14 Old 03-13-2011, 09:40 PM
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Could it be a windgall?
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Does it feel like fluid or is it solid?
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Oh yeah, cos windgalls are fluidy. I think she said it was hard.

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It feels very hard. Not fluidy at all
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post #6 of 14 Old 03-14-2011, 07:18 PM
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Hmmmm, could it posibly be a splint? Do you have any photos to show us?

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post #7 of 14 Old 03-25-2011, 05:49 PM Thread Starter
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sorry about the delay.

I don't have any photos i'm afraid.

I found out why she is lifting up her leg every now and then though. The lump is on the very inside of her fetlock and she seems to be hitting her other hoof off it. I saw a little scab on it today and when I pressed on it she lifted up her leg.

I am guessing the only solution is to protect her fetlocks with boots.
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post #8 of 14 Old 03-25-2011, 06:57 PM
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Awwe poor little girl!!
If it's not bugging her it's most likely just a calcification on the bone from an old injury. If it was me (I'm one of those weird inquisitive minds lol) I'd get it X-rayed.

But yeah, not bugging her, probably not an issue (except for hitting it :( Boots should help that as long as they aren't rubbing it)

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post #9 of 14 Old 03-26-2011, 01:05 PM Thread Starter
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Finally got a chance to take some photos!

These two are taken from the outside




And this one is from the inside. As you can see there is a bit of scabbing on it from hitting it with her hoof


What kind of fetlock boots would be best? I want to get ones that thoroughly cover the lump, but not ones that will agitate it.
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post #10 of 14 Old 03-27-2011, 09:06 AM Thread Starter
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bump

I need boots that will go far enough down to protect that lump but not obstruct her movement. Also, a nice bit of padding would prob help. If anyone knows a site I can get some off that would be great
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