Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: northeast Pennsylvania
Something similar happened to my older horse(36-41 years old) in october, first his sheath was very very swollen, I cleaned it and got a huge bean out so I thought maybe that was the problem. The next day he was dead lame, wouldn't put any weight on his leg, he had a small cut on the inside of his hock that had gotten infected, the vet came out and thought it was the infection was in the joint(it wasn't luckily) He had a high fever. Over the next few days he swelled in his belly, both back legs and one front leg. It was really scary and I really thought I was going to lose him.
So aside from the limping, my horses symptoms are very very similar to your friend horse's. So maybe there is an infected cut in a hidden area that she hasn't seen? When my horse was lame I looked all over his swollen leg and it took me a good 10 minutes to see it because it was that small! I had taken pic of his sheath to post here and when I looked back a few days later I could see the cut in the one pic but it was so small I never would have thought that it would almost kill him!
I wish the best for your friends horse, I know all too well how scary it is to think you may be facing the end. I've had Blue for almost 14 years and the thought of loosing him is absolutely terrifying to me.
ETA: my horse needed more then just SMZ's for the infection he had, the vet has us use injectable gentimycin in conjunction with injectable penicillin
Last edited by Rachel1786; 01-01-2012 at 09:58 PM.