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.