Originally Posted by moonflower
Hi again. Since the vet ruled out hemotoma, and it was from inside the stall---I have also seen when a horse is rolling, he gets stuck in a corner or puts his leg thru a board and then twists his shoulder severely while trying to get up. Did the vet take a xray? On a shoulder there is no where for the fluid from swelling to go othere than above the bone and this causes a pool of fluid like this. Still hose it regurely, limit excercise--only leading him if you do and usually Bute is good for pain and inflamation. There is a mixture I have the vet make up for pulls and strains where swelling starts, and that is: Cortosone and DMSO combined. Apply it once a day. See if you can get that.
Yes, I agree, the only tangible answer would be if he got cast at night. But who knows! The only thing I can say is that it is definitely not fluid in there. They were able to determine this with the ultrasound.
To further answer your question, they could not take an xray of the shoulder, there was no way to isolate that area, they would haveto sedate him and xray his whole upper torso area which they did not even offer.
He's back under saddle, this is his 3rd week of swellling. The vet said to ride him just watch that the saddle does not rub that area. He was off the bute after a week, it really did nothing, he doesn't seem to be in pain and the anti-infalmmitory properties did not do their magic!! So we are just waiting to see what happens. I hose him down however there is no heat, so its definitely proving to be a tricky problem to treat. Thank you again for the dmso/cortisone suggestion.