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post #1 of 12 Old 01-10-2011, 08:05 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation My thoroughbred has a swollen fetlock.

I recently acquired a thoroughbred this past September and was given very little information about her .They said she had an old fetlock injury on her right front felock . I was told she could be used for light riding , she does not seem to be bothered by it when I ride her but it seems very swollen all the time even when she has not been ridden. I have tried using ice wraps on it but ever since I got her the swelling on that foot has always been consistent. What do you think it could be ? I have attached a picture of her
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post #2 of 12 Old 01-10-2011, 08:15 PM
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Do you know what the nature of the old injury was?

Is there any heat?

Painful to touch at all?

Does anything make it go away? Movement, heat or ice?

How swollen are we talking?

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Do you know what the nature of the old injury was?

Is there any heat?

Painful to touch at all?

Does anything make it go away? Movement, heat or ice?

How swollen are we talking?
No heat not painfull and it's almost the size of a softball.
She came from a polo farm and im guessing she injured herself somehow .
It's pretty hard like bone .
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Does it flex? I had a rescue gelding with a fused feltlock and it resembled your picture very much. He had been badly injured and once the joint fused, he was in no more pain, but the extra bone made the joint very large. He was great as a lead line pony, but couldn't do hard work because he had no flexibility in the fused joint, and so couldn't use it properly.

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Does it flex? I had a rescue gelding with a fused feltlock and it resembled your picture very much. He had been badly injured and once the joint fused, he was in no more pain, but the extra bone made the joint very large. He was great as a lead line pony, but couldn't do hard work because he had no flexibility in the fused joint, and so couldn't use it properly.
That's what I was thinking. I've seen a couple horses who had old injuries that had fused. They feel hard like bone, so that would make sense...

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Does it flex? I had a rescue gelding with a fused feltlock and it resembled your picture very much. He had been badly injured and once the joint fused, he was in no more pain, but the extra bone made the joint very large. He was great as a lead line pony, but couldn't do hard work because he had no flexibility in the fused joint, and so couldn't use it properly.
Yes it flexes and maybe that's why they told she would be good with very light riding
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she does not seem to be bothered by it when I ride her but
I'd wonder about that. In the picture she looks like she is favouring her right front. If that is the case, then it is bothering her and definitely would be an issue when being ridden. Maybe you haven't noticed because you think it's her "normal" gait.

Does the swelling ever change? Check it at different times of the day if you can and see.
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Well I know this is a pricier suggestion but I would have a vet examine her and do an ultrasound and possibly an x-ray so you know for sure what you are dealing with.

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then it is bothering her and definitely would be an issue when being ridden. Maybe you haven't noticed because you think it's her "normal" gait.
That is what I was thinking too.

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Well I know this is a pricier suggestion but I would have a vet examine her and do an ultrasound and possibly an x-ray so you know for sure what you are dealing with.
Best idea ever.

A vet can determine what the old injury was. Once you know that you can discuss with the vet the best way to keep her comfortable for light riding as long as possible.
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That is what I was thinking too.


Best idea ever.

A vet can determine what the old injury was. Once you know that you can discuss with the vet the best way to keep her comfortable for light riding as long as possible.
The thing is the only vet close by is across the border from mexico and she doesn't have papers to cross :(
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