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    12-05-2008, 08:11 PM
Angry Stocking up...this is getting ridiculous!

Sonny was stocked up YET AGAIN today. No lameness, but still stocked up. This is getting seriously annoying.
Is it normal for a horse to get stocked up when the ground is really hard?

Any ways that I can prevent this?
If this is going to keep happening, I'll be getting the vet out to do x-rays...but I don't want to because of cost. But I will if this doesn't stop
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    12-05-2008, 08:21 PM
Depending on where he is stocking up, it could be a joint thing. X rays aren't going to tell you anything. I suggest getting a scan done that detects inflammation in the joints, I don't know how many vets are trained to read them yet, but it's a really cool technology.
Otherwise, I would just cold hose the area and bute. Get the vet to flex him first to rule out joint issues. If he trots lame, or is uncomfortable in the flexions then get a scan done where he shows discomfort. If it ends up being joint swelling then there are a lot of differnet options, but I really caution against steroidal injections, although they provide short term relief, they actually degenerate the joint.
If he flexes fine then continue working him, and cold hose him after riding. Bute is also good because it is an anti-inflammatory. He may have just slipped, or it could be his legs reacting to harder ground.
    12-05-2008, 08:53 PM
It's his back legs...the left more so than the right.
Would cold hosing be good even in the cold and snow?
I had him vet checked when I bought him and he passed the flexation tests with flying colors.
I don't want to do injections because of the cost...what are the other options if it is a joint issue?
    12-05-2008, 08:58 PM
What is stocking up?
    12-05-2008, 09:05 PM
Swelling of the legs
    12-05-2008, 09:34 PM
Originally Posted by SonnyWimps    
it's his back legs...the left more so than the right.
Would cold hosing be good even in the cold and snow?
I had him vet checked when I bought him and he passed the flexation tests with flying colors.
I don't want to do injections because of the cost...what are the other options if it is a joint issue?
If he's flexed with flying colours then it's not his joints (if you want some info about joint maintenance I can still ramble on about that if you want me too. There's also some really good equine veterinary books with awesome info). It could be a thing to do with him adjusting to the hard ground. How much snow is around where you are? Up here we are way below seasonal average. Usually we have 2-3 feet by now and we have not even an inch. If when you bring him in from the field his legs are ice cold then you can probably skip the cold hosing. If they're not and you're worried about the water freezing then picnic ice packs (Ours are Cryo-pack or something) and polos also do a great job. If it's just him reacting to the hard ground then some bute wont hurt as well.
The next thing I'd suspect is cellulitis. Check his legs for ANY scratches or cuts. Also, take his temperature. If his temperature is elevated, even if you can't find any cuts then he should be put on antibiotics right away. If you've noticed him being off his feed, that is another sign. Cellulitis is basically an infection that travels in the fatty subcutaneous layer of the horse's skin and it can be deadly. I have seen a horse die from a scratch about a centimeter long on her hock, the infection got into her joint and spread subcutaneously throughout her entire body. She was gone in a week. That's a really extreme case though. Anyways, picture of cellulitis.
    12-05-2008, 09:35 PM
OH and I forgot it could also be abscesses in his feet. A lot of times legs will swell up, and then an abscess will come out.
    12-05-2008, 09:46 PM
He does have a scab on the side of his right leg by his hock. And seemed to have either scabs or mud on the side of his back cannon bone. I didn't look at it too much. He is not off any of his food, and definitely eats more than his share hehe.

I'll take his temperature when I have someone to give me a hand with it. I'd rather not experiment and see if he will tolerate his temp taken.

His legs are normally warm to the touch...warmer than the rest of his body, but the head has never gone above his pastern joint on his back legs.

Also, there is no snow at the moment. The ground is frozen solid from rain and then freezing over night and all day.
    12-05-2008, 09:52 PM
Well give him some bute and take his temperature. If the bute takes it down then it's not an infection, and if his temp is elevated then it is an infection.
If there's scabs he could have also pulled what my boy did a few weeks ago, falling into the fence. If the scabs are fresh then I'd take them off and just put some topical antibiotic (polysporin) on it. If they're old then just leave them.
    12-05-2008, 09:57 PM
Bute does take the swelling did the last 3 times he stocked up. I gave him some bute today and I'll check back either tomorrow or sunday. Last time he stocked up he was lame also (was lame on the right leg...same one as the scab) so I think either he got his leg stuck on something or the donkey decided to bite hard.

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