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    03-17-2009, 07:46 PM
Lumps on front of the Cannon Bone...

Two days ago, I was working my horse and he threw a huge bucking fit. After he stopped and started trotting, he was limping.

Well, I noticed his front right tendon (behind canter bone) was a bit swollen. I went on to rinse in cold water and bandage. The limp that day, just walking, was very noticeable. He was bobbing his head very noticeably.

Next day, I took him out and he wasnít really limping. I took the bandage off, rinsed in some more cold water and everything appeared to be good. I kept it bandaged one more day and left him in the little paddock/stall.

Today, I took him out and hosed it off. I noticed a small lump on the front of his Canter bone. I rinsed it off with cold water, his right canter bone, and felt it. It was still a bit warm but left it off to see if the swelling would return.

I checked back out on him, and Iím noticing these two huge lumps on the front of both Canter bones. I donít know if my bandages did this, because I did bandage both canter areas (not just the bad one). The swelling on the back of his right leg is kind of back but not as bad.

See attached pictures. I called the vet yesterday about his tendon and he said if the swelling doesnít go away in the next few days, to call him and heíll come out. I havenít called him about these lumps yet. I just noticing these today. Just not appeared.

Any suggestions to treat the tendon besides cold water, leg wraps, and confined stall movement, please let me know. Any suggestions what the lumps are, should I worry, what to do about them, let me know! Thanks.

- Kevin
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    03-17-2009, 07:56 PM
I would have the vet out to look at his cannon bone. That's a pretty big lump, and if he is head bobbing lame, you need to have a vet out.
    03-17-2009, 08:07 PM
Green Broke
I agree with Jane. That is a big lump for that area & I would be getting the vet out if that was my horse. If that is just from wrapping - then you are wrapping way too tight.

I would get the horse on betamine at a minimum.
    03-17-2009, 08:10 PM
Teehee sorry I have to say it... it's a cannon bone, not a canter bone :)

Hehe I'm sorry... it's just cute...
    03-17-2009, 08:15 PM
Ya, realized that after I was reading it. Probably should read before I submit? Baah.

Will get the vet out (HOPEFULLY) tomorrow. We'll see just how busy he is. Thanks everyone.
    03-17-2009, 08:32 PM
That's good, wildneg - the vet will be able to help you and tell you exactly how to treat it.

Best of luck!
    03-18-2009, 02:07 PM
I would just let him rest. I doubt that wrapping his legs made the lumps over the bony areas, it's usually soft tissues, like the tendon on the back of the leg that get damaged by leg wraps.

Cold hosing and ice packs won't do any harm in the mean time and may help with the swelling, so keep that up, about 20 min at a time if possible. A bad of frozen peas or corn will conform nicely and you can wrap that onto the leg, not super tight, of course!

I would wonder about fractures being the culprit, but that's for a vet to say, not just a guess from the internet pics. I would NOT give a painkiller or anti-inflammatory (Banamine or Bute) before the vet comes, so he can see all the symptoms, and the amount of pain. Then he can prescribe what he sees fit after the exam.

Fingers crossed it's something minor that he can "walk off" in a few days.
    03-18-2009, 03:01 PM
Originally Posted by barefoothooves    
I would wonder about fractures being the culprit, but that's for a vet to say, not just a guess from the internet pics. I would NOT give a painkiller or anti-inflammatory (Banamine or Bute) before the vet comes, so he can see all the symptoms, and the amount of pain. Then he can prescribe what he sees fit after the exam.
My thought too. Soft tissue does not typically equate with head bobbing at merely a walk.

Are there nails sticking out on the bottom sides of his hooves?
    03-18-2009, 07:36 PM
The nails are from the shoes. You can see them, but are not sticking out. My farrier files them down after he cuts. He wears shoes on the front feet. He had some not so pretty feet when I first got him.

I am waiting on a call back from the vet. The swelling has gone down considerably though. He hasnít bobbed his head since the day this happened. He is actually allowing me to pick up his good leg now and put all his weight on his bad one. Before, he was pretty stubborn about giving me it. So weíll see what the vet has to say.
    03-19-2009, 04:14 AM
Are the lumps soft or hard to touch? Do they feel like there is fluid underneath?

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