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    12-07-2008, 10:00 AM
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Is he lame when he stocks up? I have a friend that has a horse that stocks up and she will take him on a light walk trot ride when it happens and the swelling will go down but I know someone else that has to wrap her horses legs with standing wraps and he actually go's lame when he stocks up.

When are you up for shots? I'd probably go ahead and ad that to the list of things for the vet to do when he/she is out. It wouldnt hurt and if you make it part of a regular appointment then it shouldnt ad too much cost... It would be worth it...JUST IN CASE there is a problem....
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    12-07-2008, 12:42 PM
Nope...hasn't been lame because of stocking up...nor been sensitive around his back legs (besides for the one cut that caused him to be lame before...but it's healing and isn't causing the stocking up)

He already had his fall in April or May probably he'll get his Spring shots. I'll have hte vet do another flextion test and mention about all the stocking up next tiem she's out.
    12-07-2008, 03:04 PM
Hi everyone!
Um, I didn't read all of this, so I don't know if someone has cleared this up yet, but stocking up has nothing to do with lameness or injury. Swelling is what occurs with an injury. Stocking up usually means the legs are fairly cool (sometimes a bit warm) and there's no lameness, and it goes down after about 20 minutes of riding.
Most of the horses at our barn stock up, and there's nothing to be worried about.
It comes from standing around too long. If you're really worried about it, see if you can get your horse turned out longer.
Now, if it's just one (sometimes two) legs that are 'stocking up', and it's hot, or he's lame on it, or it's really swollen, then that has to do with an injury, and you'd best get the vet.
But it's it all 4 legs (or just the back two), and the horse doesn't seem in pain, it's just stocking up from standing still, and will go down after walking some.
    12-07-2008, 04:11 PM
Rascal, we did find out it was because he's standing in one place too long.
He's outside 24/7 so I can't turn him out longer than that lol ;)
    12-17-2008, 02:15 PM
Hey guys, im sorry I am late on this one but my mare stocks up when it's really wet or she kicks the bars ... once she was stocked up for a few days and I sweat wrapped her lags and that worked wonders! If you want to know how to sweat wrap lemme know it's easy :)
    12-17-2008, 02:41 PM
Karley, that doesn't sound like stocking up, especially from the "kicking the bars" part. Stocking up happens just from in activity rather then trauma and goes away as soon as you work your horse for a bit.
    12-17-2008, 05:25 PM
Sonny...Im catching this late and somebody may have already mentioned this...but...

My vet has told me before that some horses who "stock up" from an injury...standing around whatever...will never get rid of it regardless of what you do. He said some horses tissues will get stretched from the fluid build up and never "un-stretch". The exercise gets rid of it because the increase in circulation as the hooves strike the ground...but then the stretched area fills back up as soon as the horse stops. He said you could drain it I.e. Sticking a syringe in their and physically draining it...but it will probably come back within a few weeks. Some humans do the same thing...I knew this BMX guy who knocked his elbow and it stays swelled up. We called it his Swelbow. Luckily his Mom's a nurse and she drains it once a month... Gross...anyway...just thought I'd let you know that there may be no cause or treatment. Might just be there to stay.
    12-17-2008, 06:40 PM
The swelling in the elbow of your friend may be from an inflamed bursar sack. I took a spill off a horse on to blacktop many years ago. The swelling never went down and was actually spongy feeling. I ended up having the bursar removed.
    12-19-2008, 10:23 AM
I'm just adding on rather than starting a new thread. I went to feed Blaze last night and his rear fetlocks were definitely swollen. They were no warmer than the rest of his leg/front legs. We had about 2 inches of snow on the ground over some serious ice, and the footing is pretty treacherous. I think it's simply stocking up because he didn't seem lame (I hand walked him for about 10 minutes then rode bareback inside for 10 more). However, the swelling didn't go down after his moving around. He's definitely not moving around a lot, despite being on 24/7 turnout. As you all know from his thrush issues, he's mostly just standing around munching hay, and the water trough is maybe 30 years from the hay bale spot.

Anything I can do for him when I go out tomorrow? We're having a horrible winter storm right now (as you MI people know!) so my BO's feeding everyone's horses for them tonight, and I asked her to check his legs for me. We will be doing a light workout in the deep snow tomorrow.

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