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    12-10-2009, 08:32 PM
Stocking Up?

Jasper is stocking up today. What should I do? Should I give him horsey asprin? I don't wanna call the vet out just yet but if it doesnt go down in a few days I will. I walked him 3/4 of a mile today and it went down but was still there. What should I do?!?!?!?!
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    12-10-2009, 09:19 PM
Is he stalled a lot? He needs as much turnout as he can get and yes the walking should help. I can't tell you how to combat it if he has to go inside for hours on end. I'm sure someone else can though. Maybe stall wraps?

Is this new for him? Did his routine change? Diet? Is there any heat? If there is heat, it's not just stocking up. Is it on all four legs?
    12-10-2009, 09:23 PM
Cold hosing his legs and walking will help it go down. How much turnout does he get? Many horses stock up if left in their stall too long
    12-10-2009, 10:53 PM
He is turned out 24/7 but it has been really cold and rainy so I think he has probably been standing in his stall. There wasnt any heat and its only on his back legs. Can I cold hose in the winter? It is like 30-35 during the day.

Is this new for him? Yeah it just happened
Did his routine change? No but it has been rainy and cold
Diet? His grain was bumped up for a few days bc I couldnt get out to get hay but it was for 2 days
Is there any heat? If there is heat, it's not just stocking up. No heat
Is it on all four legs? No just the back legs
    12-10-2009, 10:54 PM
Agree with previous. Horses need free movement. Don't lock him up, and give him as much exercise as possible.
    12-10-2009, 10:58 PM
So should I lunge him or take him for long walks? Its cold and snowy here so he is just blanketed and turned out.
    12-10-2009, 11:07 PM
Green Broke
Longing him should help take out the stiffness and puffiness. It does with my 17 yo TB mare. She's on pasture all the time too but she still doesn't move around alot sometimes.

A bit of time on the longe should take care of it. I wouldn't worry about it too much.
    12-11-2009, 12:21 AM
Stocking up is common with normally active horses that are suddenly confined (by their choice or not) to a smaller area. So long as there is no heat in his legs, I wouldn't really worry about it. I am not sure that I would cold hose him with the temps being that low, just long walks with some trotting outside should be sufficient.

Here is some information copied and pasted from another website.

Treatment is usually pretty straightforward: Get the horse out and give him a little mild exercise such as
Hand-walking or longeing. "With a younger horse, the swelling should go down pretty fast, usually within 30 to 60 minutes of activity," says Allday. "But with an older horse, the lymphatics don't work quite as well and the amount of edema is greater, so it takes a little more time to reduce the swelling, sometimes hours."
You can hasten the process by hosing the legs with cold water for 20-30 minutes, Allday suggests.
If the swelling doesn't improve or lasts more than a few days, take further action. Allday recommends applying a medicated poultice containing menthol and Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate). "This has a bit of an anti-inflammatory effect," he says, "The menthol increases circulation while the Epsom salts pull the fluids out through the skin (via a physical osmotic effect). It's a very efficient remedy."
He discourages using a mud-based poultice: "Most are extremely contaminated, and if you apply it over a cut or scrape overnight, it could very well cook bacteria in there and exacerbate the problem."
Nor does Allday recommend sweats as an initial treatment. "Sweats can drive heat into a limb that probably already has some heat in there, and increase soreness," he says. "However, after the swelling disappears and the limb is tight for a couple of days, you can do a horse up in a sweat. This will help to further tighten the limb."
If, despite these measures, static congestion persists for several days, your veterinarian might recommend medications such as acepromazine, corticosteroids, or diuretics, Allday says.
Prevention Pays
Mild exercise alone to bring down the swelling is usually successful for the majority of cases. However, Davis cautions, "true stocking up usually persists throughout the horse's life and may gradually get worse as the horse ages, although it should not affect his performance or quality of life."
Rather than deal with the problem after it occurs, a better approach is to avoid or reduce the risk of stocking up through management changes.
The single best thing you can do is turn the horse out more frequently, as activity improves circulation. "Providing exercise in between the days you ride or work your horse would help a great deal," says Allday. "Even just some turnout so the horse can move around will help."
If you can't increase your horse's activity through the week, placing supportive wraps on your horse's lower limbs while stalled could solve the problem, Davis states. "Regular trailer (shipping) wraps are fine, as long as they have adequate padding underneath. The idea behind this is to provide pressure, which prevents the fluid from pooling in the lower limbs. Horses should only wear these wraps while stalled, and they should definitely have time during the day without the wraps. A good protocol would be on 12 hours, off 12 hours."
Allday says horses prone to stocking up might also do better with fewer carbohydrates, more fat, and more roughage (beet pulp and/or grass hay) in their diets, and less pellets, oats, or alfalfa. This should help keep a horse's weight down, improve his intestinal motility, and provide adequate nutrients with a lower volume of concentrates.
He also suggests applying astringents such as rubbing alcohol, witch hazel, or leg braces after you have ridden to increase local circulation and reduce the odds of stocking up. "Before you put the horse up, give your horse's legs a good rubdown with astringent--something not many people do anymore," says Allday
    12-11-2009, 02:32 AM
Originally Posted by Erin_And_Jasper    
Diet? His grain was bumped up for a few days bc I couldnt get out to get hay but it was for 2 days
Afraid that's not good! Grain is generally not good for horses anyway and certainly shouldn't be taking place of roughage & increased suddenly. Excess grain can cause tying up(I think it's the phosphorus tho can't quite remember), which can in turn cause stocking up because the horse is too sore to move. Grain, esp in large or infrequent meals can also cause laminitis(IR or hind gut acidosis), which can lead to stocking up for the same reason.

Unless he's in hard, physical work, he's probably not needing the extra energy anyway, and if he is, there are generally healthier, safer alternatives, so I'd ditch the grain all together in favour of a healthy, low carb diet.
    12-11-2009, 09:49 AM
I guess you've got all the good information already. I must concur with Loosie that giving him grain in lieu of hay isn't a good thing. You should have hay on hand at all times and prepare for the bad weather days. A minor increase in the grain probably wouldn't give him colic, but the sudden lack of hay can. I don't grain at all for the sake of grain, but I do give about 1 cup of 12% as a matter of daily routine for my horses and for the little extras that are in it. Also very handy if you ever have to add medication to feed to already have a feeding routine in place. So, you don't need to ditch the grain entirely, but it should probably only be a little extra treat, not a dietary staple.

How are his legs today? This does sound like a typical stocking up, so exercise really is the best. I don't know that I would cold hose if it's below freezing, but you could put cold dry wraps on him for 20 minutes. Trouble is that they freezie packs only stay cold for about 10 minutes, so it becomes an hour job. Good thing we like to spend time with our horses!

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