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    01-29-2009, 07:20 PM
stocking up?

Chloe's back legs seem to swell up around her fetlock/pastern area lately. She's not lame, no heat, the swelling is squishy and they seem better, if not totally gone if I ride her. They only swell up if I haven't ridden her in a day or two or if she's been stationary all day (which is usually the case, they're in sacrifice paddocks for the winter eating from round bales). She had to stay in for the past three days due to ice and they seemed extra swollen. I lunged her and they were basically back to normal. Is she just stocking up? Or is this something I need to worry about?
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    01-29-2009, 07:36 PM
It sounds like she's just stocking up considering once she's exercised, the swelling goes down.

My mare stocks up if she stands to long, or if she exercised and then has to stay in due to weather.
    01-29-2009, 08:32 PM
Sometimes weather change can cause it too. My horse gets that every once in a while. I usually wrap them with polo's and work it out of them.
    01-29-2009, 08:42 PM
Yeah, totally agree, my mare stocks up just by being in her stall overnight if I didn't get the chance to ride her, even if she got full turnout! Also I have noticed that horses that get regular workouts tend to stck up easier, and that hot weather makes them worse (atleast in my mare!)
    01-29-2009, 09:24 PM
Yea a change in food will do that too. You can try wraping the legs but sometimes that can make it worse so be careful.
    01-29-2009, 10:44 PM
Thanks, I feel better now :)
Yeah she's gets hard workouts every time I ride her, which is about 6 days a week.
I'm thinking the bitter cold has something to do with it. She was on stall rest for most of the summer (grr, colic and then cut up her leg) and never got stocked up.

I'm thinking I'll just leave it alone and not wrap it or anything. It goes down and it's not making her stiff or anything. Granted, she's a firey 8 year old thoroughbred.
    01-30-2009, 04:33 AM
Have you changed her feed? Sometimes excess sodium can cause stocking up kinda like it does in humans. If nothing like that, then I wouldn't worry unless it gets out of hand.
    01-30-2009, 08:31 AM
When I said wrap the legs, I should have said I only keep them wrapped while I lunge or work him. The wraps are not left on.
    01-30-2009, 08:55 AM
I am sorry, but could someone please explain this term "stocking up"?

    01-30-2009, 03:24 PM
Stocking up also means swelling of leg's (edema), collection of fluid. Usually it happens more to the back legs but can affect the front also.

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