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    11-25-2011, 06:28 PM
Possible Sprain

So Leia is a little stocked up in her hind right leg and her hind left, and there's noticeable swelling in front of her fetlock on her hind left and its a bit squishy. I felt a very small amount of heat and had my barn owner and manager both felt it and they said there was slight heat. They think it's a sprain and the squishiness is from fluid build up. She trotted both directions and they said she was a little off because she was dragging that foot a little. She didn't mind putting weight on it or anyone touching it, but they thought it was tender cause she'd lift it when they squeezed around it (but I wasn't 100% sure cause I think she was just picking her foot up for them). They're giving her bute tonight and tomorrow morning and have her hind legs wrapped up and are going to sweat it out tonight and see if it helps at all. I hope it's nothing too bad!

I'll try to get pictures tomorrow when I got back out to check on her!
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    11-25-2011, 11:08 PM
My gelding has recently done some soft tissue damage to his right front. It was really swollen on the day it happened, but trainer gave him Bute, Ice Booted it, and we've been keeping him walking about 30 mins twice a day. Today he was significantly better. Still some heat in the area but the swelling is down and no noticeable lameness.

I would also say, of course, call your vet and just make sure it's not something more serious if the situation doesn't clear up relatively quickly. A sonogram of the area isn't too terribly expensive and will give you peace of mind.

Anyway, keep us updated on your mare!
    11-25-2011, 11:36 PM
I emailed my old vet and this is what she said:

I think if it were anything very serious she'd be noticeably lame, that is, would NOT be putting weight on the leg normally. Bute, wrap, and a little rest is pretty reasonable treatment!
She may have hit her fetlock on something; could have slid some in the mud; could have worked harder than usual; could have a small wound that may be hard to see or feel. Usually the swelling is from a blow of some type- - -think of a bruise on you. Painful, but not fatal.

Check very carefully for any wounds, like a puncture or scratch. It may not show up for a few days, when it develops a scab. In the meantime, see if you can take her temperature...if it is over ~ 102 degrees and she's not excited or anything, she might have an infection and need to go on antibiotics.
    11-25-2011, 11:45 PM
Yep. That's what happened with my guy. I came out on sunday (of last week) to ride and his leg was swollen and hot. His stall gate had been taken down and his stall door was shut, so my trainer assumed that he had gotten caught up in his stall gate and the barn workers pulled it down and shut him in his stall.
But there's really no way of knowing how it happened. He could have this or he could have that....

So it's hurry up and wait. Haha!
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    11-26-2011, 07:35 PM
She was wrapped all night last night and had 1 gram of bute for dinner and breakfast this morning. She's going to get wrapped again tonight, too. The swelling went down a lot, but Star (barn owner) said there was still a bump. To be on the safe side, I didn't ride her, but she didn't seem off. (she trotted off in the field when I put her away and seemed fine). Do you think it would be a bad idea to ride her tomorrow if I just walk on a trail ride, or should I just hold off until next week? I'll check for heat tomorrow, but she wasn't off today at all, so I think she just had extra fluid or something.

Below are some pictures of her legs, it's on the white foot in front of her fetlock. There's still stuff from the medicine on there. I also checked for any wounds, but didn't find anything.

This is a pic of her front legs, to have something to compare to:

And her hind legs.. Keep in mind they are naturally a little thicker than her front, but you can see a slight difference in size between the black foot and the white one.

And from farther away, mainly because she's pretty :3
    11-26-2011, 08:56 PM
If there's no heat and she doesn't seem off, then I might tack walk. However, if you're not 100% sure how she feels I would suggest hand walking her just to be safe.
    11-26-2011, 09:10 PM
I mean, I didn't think she was off to begin with, but I trust their judgement better than mine. And I'll check and have the barn manager check, too and if there's heat, I'll just hand graze her like I did today. If not, I'll ask if they think a trail ride would be ok.
    12-02-2011, 08:13 PM
Okay, so the swelling got better for a while then it all got worse again. Her hind left is still puffy and thursday night her hoof on that foot had significant heat. She wasn't off and I lightly hacked her (walked most of the ride and trotted once both directions) because we thought it would help circulation and we didn't think it would hurt her any. She's still not off or limping, but tonight her hing right had some heat too. I put liniment on all four legs and she'll get her legs wrapped and sweat tomorrow night. We're thinking it might be an abscess, but until the farrier comes out on tuesday to do a hoof test, we're treating it as a bruise or sprain.

(white foot)
    12-03-2011, 12:44 AM
It's been a while and you're still having trouble with that leg. I might have the vet out and ultrasound it. I had my guy ultrasounded twice now since I came upon his mess of a swollen leg on Sunday Nov 20th. The vet was able to give him a good regiment of drugs to cut the swelling and pain... he's also given me a diagnosis so at least I know what's going on, how to treat it, and i'm no longer running around in the dark about the injury. Which is nice.

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