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post #1 of 8 Old 10-13-2010, 10:48 AM Thread Starter
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Stocking up?

A woman I know has a horse, that I believe might be stocking up. Her lower joints are swollen, and in the front they're swollen to the point where the groove between her tendon and her cannon bone is no longer visible until about six inches up her cannon bone. Is there something you can do at home to help like wrapping it? Or is it something a vet should be called for? By the way she is a stalled horse, could that have something to do with it? She went from pastured to stalled around the first of september I believe and this is the first time her joints have swollen up like this.
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post #2 of 8 Old 10-13-2010, 10:52 AM
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Is there any heat in her hooves? Does she have a temp? How is her breathing?

If it's a case of sedentary fill - the issue should be resolved with exercise. How much time is the horse spending in the stall?

The stocking could also be a symptom of horary allyssum or erlichia. I would first try 30 minutes of movement to see if the stocking starts to diminish.
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No heat, no temp, and her breathing is fine. She really doesn't seem to notice. She's spending most of her time in the stall aside from about one to two hours of exercise a day.

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Stocking up can be caused by all kinds of things, many of which Mls covered above. Like she mentioned, it is very often due to standing in one spot too long, when they are stalled. The problem is, anything that causes fluid accumulation will show up in their legs simply because gravity pulls it down there.

Wrapping is a great way to deal with it BUT if you do not know how to wrap properly it can cause more harm than good. I'd do some hand walking and see if that helps. My guy stocks up really badly when the weather is bad and he hangs in his stall all day. If you don't know how to wrap, have a knowledgeable friend or the vet show you and then try standing bandages- they work wonders!
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Awesome, thanks for the help guys.
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post #6 of 8 Old 10-13-2010, 12:31 PM
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Get that horse out of the stall if possible. From the sounds of it (assuming that the other reasons are not the case) it is being caused by lack of movement. If they have the space, turn her out as much as possible.
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The horse needs turnout. That's the best, and most natural solution. By stalling them you are not only making them stock up from lack of movement, but the boredom may cause ulcers or develop bad habits like stall weaving or cribbing. Even a few hours a day of turnout is very beneficial.
Otherwise, she should be cold hosing the horse for 15-30minutes after every ride and trying to get the horse on a walker for a bit every day. Wrapping will also be beneficial, but you can't just not wrap the horse one day. If she wants it wrapped she must wrap it every day. When she wants to not wrap it, she will have to "wean" the legs off of wrapping. Another solution is to over bed the stall and add rubber mats in an effort to reduce the stress on the legs. When I have to stall rest any of my horses they have extra bedding and rubber mats. If possible I handwalk a few hours a day and turnout in the indoor arena.
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post #8 of 8 Old 10-13-2010, 07:44 PM
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most of the others have covered the exercise part what they haven't mentiones is that the sugars and starches in the diet can and do make stocking up worse...

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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