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    05-11-2010, 11:25 PM
Jackie is the lady who does my chiro/bioscan work. She does get out that way every few months though. Normally Arizona I think?? Would have to ask again. Not sure were else she goes. In between times I use my bioscan pads which really work well.

Ya MSU would be a haul. I would think there would be a vet collage around there that could do the work if needed. Maybe even a larger clinic if they have a larger x-ray machine.
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    05-13-2010, 02:44 AM
Thanks again, I hope it will not be necessary to call in anyone or haul out of state. We have a full service equine hospital here in Las Vegas. We have an appointment there tomorrow.
I appreciate everyone's input for the mysterious swelling. I will post the diagnosis, hopefully it will serve as a learning opportunity for all!
    05-13-2010, 03:23 AM
Please let everyone know what they say, and I hope it's nothing serious.
    05-14-2010, 04:01 AM
My gelding's diagnosis is far from complete, Nrharainer you are correct, this is a terrible anatomical spot for doing xrays. My vet opted for an utltrasound. It showed no blood clots or fluids so a hematoma was ruled out. The swelling is all muscle mass. The ultrasound is very difficult for determining exactly what is going on however he said its either a slight chip in his scapula and/or muscle/tendon pulling or tearing from the scapula bone.

Again, these are only speculations as we were unable to do an x-ray. The mystery in this situation lies in the fact that this type of injury had to be incurred from hard force or blunt trauma. The problem is he was not exposed to anything which would make succeptible to this kind of injury the day or night preceeding the swelling. It was a non-riding day and he was by himself in his stall without other horses to injure him.
Something must of happened in the night, that is the only feasible explanation, but again, he showed no marks on his body if he did fall, or perhaps got cast under the pipe corral. Now...all I can think is I really wish I had a night vision camera to monitor what goes on when I'm not around!!

He is sound for the most part so he will have 2 weeks off and then light walking for the following 2 weeks, I hope by then the mysterious mass dissapates on its own.
Thank you all for your interest and I wish the best of health for your equine partners! ** Please let me know if you have any additional advice for his re-hab!
    05-26-2010, 08:04 AM
Jt my gelding has this EXACT same thin on his shoulder right now.
    05-26-2010, 04:25 PM
Originally Posted by ilovestitch    
Jt my gelding has this EXACT same thin on his shoulder right now.
Really?! Wow, what is the diagnosis that he has been given? (if you have seen a vet).
My gelding is still swollen, no change within 3 weeks, but he is sound and has been sound from the get go. How about your boy? Is it only on one side as well?
-I'm the "T" part of JT :)
    05-26-2010, 04:34 PM
Have you tried Arnica gel rubs daily?
    05-26-2010, 04:38 PM
Hmmm, no, I have not heard of arnica. Is it available at the feed store? DO you mix it with dmso?
Thanks for the input!
    05-26-2010, 04:44 PM
I don't think a feed store would carry it, but a health food store would.

    05-26-2010, 06:38 PM
I have my vet coming out this Friday. It has been 6 days since the swelling popped up. Yeah he is as sound as every but I have only been lounging him because I don't want the saddle rubbing on that if I don't know what it is. Yes it is only on his right side, his left side is completely normal. I will post what my vet says after my apt with him. But 3 weeks... yikes. That's no good. I am not keeping very hopeful.

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