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post #1 of 13 Old 10-13-2008, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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Today as I cleaned Sonny up for his fall shots (I gotta make him look pretty for the vet ) I noticed that his ankle (don't think that's the "correct" term for it) was swollen on both hind feet.
I asked the BO and the vet, and they both thought that it was from the 2nd cutting of grass hay he was getting...which the BO said makes horses retain water like salt does to humans.

She also mentioned that it could be that he has a slight infection since he has some scrape marks on his back legs, and he possibly peed on his legs, causing the infection. Those scrapes have been there on his leg since I got him, so I don't fully understand how that could cause it, but I see how it could I guess.

I scrubbed his two back legs down with Betadine solution mixed with water, then let it sit for 10-20 minutes, then washed it off. The BO said she'd check on him tonight, and if the swelling has not gone down at all she'll give him one tablet of bute.

We did go out on a trail ride yesterday, but nothing severe or anything like that.
Any ideas on what could have caused this? Do you think it could be the hay? The only two horses that I saw with their legs that swollen was one that got cut and it for infected...and the other got kicked there.
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sorry for the double post.....
Just wanted to add that he is not lame not sensitive in the area....but both have heat
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hmm... not sure.

I would suggest standing wraps, but he's outside, isn't he?

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yep he's outside and can't be in a stall cause he's a weaver
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and actually, outside is probably better for him. I'd watch it for a few days, hose it, and give some bute if he gets worse...if it's still around after 5 days or so, i'd ask your vet.

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I asked my vet when she came out and she agreed that the 2nd cutting was probably the cuplret of the whole thing.
I'm hoping it will go away tonight....I'm crossing my fingers that is
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and actually, outside is probably better for him. I'd watch it for a few days, hose it, and give some bute if he gets worse...if it's still around after 5 days or so, i'd ask your vet.

I agree. If he can keep moving around it will help his body greatly to reabsorb some of the retained fluid.

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Gingers legs use to get swollen sometimes but she was in a muddy pasture all the time.

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his pasture isn't really muddy. The only parts that get muddy are right by the water bucket...but he never really stands there unless he's drinking
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Hmm, sometimes horses get swellings from getting bumped or kicked. Jubilee had a bit of a swollen eye a couple weeks ago but it went down in a few days. Around her fetlock was a bit swollen too, but I'm pretty sure that was because of all the mud and twisting around in it. That's gone now too. I'm not really sure though because it seems odd that it would be on both back fetlocks. Hmm... Actually you know what, does he stand in one spot for a long time, like at a hay feeder? Maybe he just got swollen from being cramped? I'm not sure. Mud fever?

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