Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Wide Open North Dakota, USA
I went on vacation for 6 days last year and when I came back my mare was stocked up pretty bad. I called my vet and he suggested pillow wraps with polo wraps over that, hosing and hand walking to reduce swelling and not to ride for a few days until it was under control. What I learned on my own from hospital experience: massage the area. This will increase blood flow and take the fluid out. But what worked for me was cold water hose down, then walk for no less then 10 minutes no more then 20, hose again, massage, let the legs dry, then pillow wraps. Just until the swelling goes down then I would say slowly work back into riding. Consulting your vet to find the best plan for your horse is the best solution though. I did that routine at least once a day, sometimes twice and she was good to go in 3 days :)
You have to learn how to fall before you can learn how to ride~
Last edited by cowgirl928; 06-20-2012 at 12:45 AM.