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    12-05-2008, 10:14 PM
YEah it sounds like a mild trauma, and legs are really susceptible to swelling so just keep buting and I would really recommend cold hosing or icing his legs as well. If his temp isn't elevated then just continue on as you have been treating it.
If he starts reacting to the bute then either consider injecting Banamine, or get asprin, crush it up and give it orally.
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    12-05-2008, 10:20 PM
Sonny here is an excellent article on stocking up. I've had many horses in my lifetime, some were stalled but 90% were turned out 24/7. The only time I had stocking problems were when I had to stall a horse for an illness which meant not a lot of activity as well.

Horse Health Care: Stocking Up (swelling in horse legs) by Cherry Hill

I think you may be overly concerned and he justs needs a change in his regiment and I would NOT keep giving him bute - over dosing can cause ulsers.
    12-05-2008, 10:21 PM
He hasn't been reacting to the bute yet. One of the boarders is being so awesome and letting me use her bute...but I will be getting my own from my vet so I don't have to use hers.

I will ice his legs and see if he's work out of it also
    12-05-2008, 10:28 PM
Iride, I don't want to keep him on bute all the time....yeah I only give bute occasionally for swelling, but not all the time

How would I change his rejiment though?

Edit: The article was good....but he is turned out 24/7....
    12-05-2008, 10:37 PM
If it is really stocking up and not an ailment or trauma, then exercise. A work out or daily turn out will go a long way. I would consider his feed as well.

I would not be concerned about stocking up and just work him like you didn't see it - it isn't affecting him. If it is something else then it will be worse after a workout and that is a different thing.

Edit: I just saw your edit (lol). Being turned out in a dirt lot so that he has no reason to move around it is the same thing as a standing in a stall. If he is out on pasture and is always moving to forage, then it is not stocking up.
    12-05-2008, 10:44 PM
There is some grass..but not alot, it's been all eaten...well most of it. He's in a 2.5 acre pasture if not more. The hay is put down on one side of the field and teh water is on the opposite end (or close to it)
    12-05-2008, 11:05 PM
Without being able to forage I still go with stocking up. Having the hay in one place and the water in another doesn't do much. Horses don't spend their time walking between hay and water so I still suspect that he is not getting sufficient exercise.

Getting a vet's opinion rather then trial and error on the advise of someone who can't see all conditions or your horse is preferable to satisfy your concern.

The big test is whether the swelling goes down after you've ridden him.
    12-05-2008, 11:21 PM
I agree with iride on all counts: stop giving the bute, see what happens after exercise (I would probably lunge him so you can easily see any lameness issues), and then call the vet if you're really worried. If it doesn't seem to be bothering him, however, I wouldn't worry too much and just ride like usual.
    12-05-2008, 11:37 PM
Steph, surely you know that I'm not going to lunge my horse
I'll see if the BO or the assistant BO would be willing to take him out every day and do the 7 Games and possibly ride him for a monthly fee (cause she's extremely busy with stuff).
    12-06-2008, 12:51 AM
I may have missed it but is he stalled or kept outside? I've had and known horses that stock up when in stalls even just over night. Leave them outside 24/7 and they never do.

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