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    01-14-2009, 05:40 PM
Puffy fetlock

Hi there. My thoroughbred horse has had a puffy fetlock, no heat, for the past week. He is almost 19 and does dressage & trail rides.
I've been treating it w/ ice, pillow wrapping, & Surpass, and have taken him out of work with short hand walks.
He is trotting sound both directions but I have reservations about putting him to work with this inflammation.
I am wondering if anyone else has seen this with their horse - inflammation without lameness. Advice on treatment?
He may need an ultrasound but I just wanted some feedback first.
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    01-14-2009, 10:10 PM
Yup... took a while to figure it out. I felt really stupid afterwards, but even the vet didn't get it. Might apply in your situ since your horse is older too... try arthritis... My guy had sesamoiditis and osteoarthritis. I treated it with glucosamine and chondroitin. Had an amazing turnaround, but he was young. My guy probably got it from a track injury a while before I got him.

Edited to add: an ultrasound may not be the answer -- if it's bone based you'll need the x-ray. Your vet can probably tell you if it's soft-tissue based before doing a scan of some kind.
    01-14-2009, 10:17 PM
Is it actually swollen or could it just be a windpuff/windgall (whatever you call them) since the horse is still sound? My mares fetlocks were/are look slightly swollen, but it turned out to just be a windgall/windpuff thing that won't ever go away according to the vet.
    01-16-2009, 03:08 PM
I had my vet out today - turns out that he strained the sheath of his digital flexor tendon somehow. The puffiness wasn't in the spot where windpuffs occur. So, 3 wks hand walking, ice, bute & Surpass. I sure hope it heals so I can get back in the saddle!
Thanks for your suggestions :0)
    01-16-2009, 10:24 PM
Well, that's OK. Some time, some handwalking and free turnout -- he'll be just fine! Good stuff.

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