Scratches/swollen.... Should I ride?
Okay so my horse was diagnosed with Scratches aka mud fever on Monday the 21st of March, and he was put on 1 gm bute paste daily, and two scoops of Uniprim as an antibiotic. I also am scrubbing his legs with betadine as the vet recommended. It's not really getting better... :(
He's not lame and there is no heat in his legs. Just there seems to be fluid still in his back legs, and they are swollen maybe an inch.
I have a mounted meeting on Sunday the 27th for pony club and I need to know if I should ride him for it. It would involve a 10 min trailer ride to the barn and back, and then an hour lesson, mainly dressage. As I said before, he's not lame and there's no heat. Just swollen a little. And it doesn't get worse with work. (Been lunging him a little just so stretch his legs.)
Kept telling myself I wouldn't ride til the swelling came down, but it's getting closer to the MM and I need to tell the lady who is hauling me and another horse what I'm doing.
What would you do? :(
Last edited by MoodIndigo; 03-25-2011 at 04:20 PM.