My farrier went out yesterday and called us with news that my pony's tendons around her ankle were puffy, and she seemed tender on the left front one. We have no idea how this occured or why. Anyone have any suggestions on this? What do do? What to expect?
Sometimes puffiness comes before equine scratches appear. Also called mudlot fever. If the legs and ankles get little bumps/sores it could be the start of scratches. A good betidine scrub followed with MTG works well. You have to get all the little bumps off the skin. It's like athletes foot to horses. Even tinactin works. Good luck, hope it isn't anything serious.
We have been cold hosing ext, there is absaloutly NO HEAT . And she isnt lame on them, her tendons are simply inflamed. I am suggested not to jump her for a while, and just lgithly flat her. But I am a little nervous in the sense that it might do more harm then good. Im just really cautious with her and don't want to see her get hurt.
My guess is that she's got a selenium deficiency, or she's stocked up from being kept in a stall with not enough excerise.
Selenium-deficient horses can have several immune and muscular problems due to lack of the nutrient Selenuim. It's most often found in grass and most places horses get their required diet just through grazing, but several places in the northwest does not have the proper soil required and it may have to be supplemented in.
I had this with one of my fillies several years ago (although my farrier was able to recognize the swollen issue of the deep digital tendon and I didn't need my vet out). We supplied her with a selenium block (and do so now, every year for all my horses). You can guy them at any store or feedblock.
If she is just stocking up (it's hard to say without knowing if she is a stall baby), she only needs exercise on a low carb diet.
She could have tripped in a hole, or be suffering from founder. Though I would hope that your farrier would be able to recognize those signs.
My suggestion would be to get a second farrier's opinion, or have a vet come out.
Best of luck with her.