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post #1 of 25 Old 12-30-2013, 11:59 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Surpise! Swollen leg?(pictures coming)

It was raining and really cold the other day so for the first time this year I decided to leave the horses in their stalls for the day. They get fed three times a day, and when I was there in the morning. All was well. As was it at 4...... However when I went down around 7 I noticed that Suzie was limping slightly. She reacently chipped a foot, and the farrier and I decided to just leave it alone as it wasn't causing any issues. Thinking this was the problem I'm not worried and go into the stall with a hoof pick with thoughts of calling the farrier when I get home. Well, surprise... Its the opposite (right front) leg instead of the left hoof. =/ she's stepping fully on it, and barely limps at all. And its swelled from ankle to knee(squishy, not hard swollen.) So, I apply a lot of Liniment, and check on her through the night. This morning the swelling is down, but still there. Because she's not showing any signs of major pain, and theres very little added heat to the leg. I decided after talking to my vet to kinda wait and see. Treat it like a sprain and watch closely to see if it gets worse. So lots of cold hosing, liniment and wrapping on and off. Followed with bute for two or three days. Stall rest with hand walking. I'll get some pics in a few just because I would like everyones opinion.
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I'd bet this is just "stocking up" from being in the stall. Its caused by lack of movement.

I would not give but, and I certainly wouldn't continue to stall her as that will make matters worse. The best thing to do is to turn her out and let her move around to reabsorb the fluid.

Turn her out and iI bet she'll be fine within a few hours...
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While I agree that my first thought was stocking up, it isn't usually just on one leg. But again, just swelling, no heat or pain and very limited movement is often just stocking up. But the fact that there was pain, however slight (are you sure she's not just stiff?) and it's just one leg is weird.. It might be swollen slightly anyways and then worse because of being stalled.

I agree I would put her out, but I would check on her regularly and if she is more lame or more swollen I would bring her in.
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The is definitely slight pain, and its in the ankle. While I did at first think of the stocking up itself, I've never had a horse that shows pain from it. Is it common that they do? I'll put her out in the ponies small field tomarow to see if this makes any change happen.
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Stocking up can certainly be painful. I have patients at my work that have edema in their legs and it is extremely painful to them.

I have mare with arthritis that will only stock up in that leg. (Due to prior injury) And yes, it does hurt her. Whether it's the cold weather/arthritis flaring up, or the fluid in the leg...
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I've never had a horse (unless it had a previous injury, as mentioned) have pain from stocking up. Shrug. I would still *try* turning her out, just to see. I wouldn't leave her out though.
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I've put her out today, and I'll leave her out briefly. She seemed stiff instead of in pain this morning, instead of limping she just kinda of moved "achey" . For my own peace of mind I did put an SMB boot on to protect any injury that may be there. I asked the vet about turning her out first and he saw no harm in trying but still is thinking its a bad sprain. I did give her bute the night before, and then twice yesturday. Trying to ease a bit of her pain and get her swelling down slightly. Cold hoseing had no effect that I noticed, though she did stand well for it. Liniment and wrapping seemed to ease the pain a bit, as she relaxed a bit after having it applied
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Well.. Brought Suzie back in.... and while theres now no heat at all in the leg. She's limping a lot worse =/ And the swelling is no longer as soft. Back in the stall with food and water. She now also holds the leg up to toe touching while standing
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Update! Another call to the vet and we've decided to do as follows

Walk four times a day for 20min
Hose three times a day for 15
Wrap it twice, in an SMB sport/medicine boot.

Repeat until saturday
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Why SMB boot instead of standing wraps? Not sure what you mean by wrapping it twice? Boots do not wrap it, also you will need to take it off to cold hose.

It's good the swelling went down, I thought that would help. Now you know what you are actually dealing with aside from all the stocking up.

I would be careful giving her T/O while on bute, she may overdo herself (maybe already did). Did the vet say to continue bute?

Keep us updated. Oddly enough a horse at my job is going through the exact same thing right now. We think she slipped on the ice and pulled something.
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