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post #1 of 8 Old 06-10-2013, 01:36 PM Thread Starter
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Mom's older Arabian mare with unusual 'blown'!

Good morning gang. It has been a LONG time since I have dropped by. Let me get right to the point.
My mom, who is on a fixed income (she's 70), has a 18-year-old Arabian mare, Misty. Misty and my mom are like two peas in a pod, and they love each other dearly. Misty is fit and healthy...but just over a week ago, took a bad step in turnout while running and playing with my two horses. Misty went out with two nice forelimb knees, and came back in thirty minutes later with the left one so misshapen (see attached pictures) that it is frightening.
There is absolutely no heat, nor is Misty favoring it, nor does she have any issues flexing it. Since my mom cannot afford to have a vet look at her, we're doing what we on for 15 minutes, then off. Daily aspirin (1000 mg), daily hand walking.
Have any of you seen an injury like this...especially one that doesn't seem to affect the horse in any way except cosmetically? Please let me know. Thank you VERY much.
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post #2 of 8 Old 06-10-2013, 02:05 PM
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I see knees like that on racing standardbreds all the time, they get it from hitting their knees with the opposite foot while racing. Knees always seem to swell a lot when this happens. Best way to get them down, cold hosing, bute and dex. You can also put a sweat on it, or poultice. It should come down in time, although it may always look larger than the normal knee.
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post #3 of 8 Old 06-10-2013, 02:36 PM
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Oh, my, the poor thing. Does it feel squishy or is more solid like bone?

If it is squishy, I'd continue on with what you're doing and give it some time. If it's hard, then I'd be really concerned and I'd be calling vets asking about setting up some sort of payment plan to cover the charge.
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I'd be cold hosing, ice packing and wrapping that knee for sure. Poor mare! But if it's a soft tissue injury, it should come down most of the way in time.

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I would do as others have said, continue what you're doing and if it doesn't go down call a vet and chat with them. Talk is usually free, and they can give you an idea of what to do next, what product to buy, etc.

Maybe you should wrap her other legs to help take some of the strain, since she's an older girl? (if she's going to be stalled).
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post #6 of 8 Old 06-10-2013, 03:33 PM
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I had a mare that had a knee like that. She never favored it, it was never hot, nothing. It just looks awful. But she bucked and kicked and played with the other horses just fine. I don't know what to tell you expect get a vet to check her out (most vets will do a payment plan). But if she isn't favoring it, I wouldn't be too worried.
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I have seen some real ugly standardbred knees. I wouldn't be too worried either, looks like just a knot and no fluid. A close up of the back of knee would be good. I would cold hose for 15-20 minutes and poultice as suggested before.
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You guys have been great with the recommendations! I appreciate it. They echo what I thought.'s not squishy at all...really firm like a knot. The back of the knee looks great. It only looks abnormal on the inside of the knee...only seen from the front or the back. From either side, it looks normal.

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