Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Northern Illinois
I personally would check the swelling for heat and tenderness. I have seen this injury before, and have had success in the past with "icing" it for 20 minutes a day for a few days to get the swelling to go down. I usually used cold hose water and just ran it over their swollen area. If there is heat or tenderness though, I wouldn't wait to call and ask a vet. The injury I dealt with was caused by a horse slipping on some ice, and slightly mis-stepping (I saw him do it). With the hosing off every day, he was completely normal again within a week and has had no problems since.
Injuries like this, especially if this is the second time, may require some tests to see if she has some inner tendon injury (may just be slight but still) or something else that flares up if she missteps. If I was you, I would call the vet and see if they recommend just icing it for a few days, or if they believe they should take a look. Most vets will give an honest opinion over the phone without charging you anything or rushing out.
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