Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
Swelling along tendon? Please, please read. =|
Please bear with me and read my essay. I'm really worried, this is a little over my head. =|
So two or three weeks ago, [around the 9th?] I pulled Ricci out for a ride and I noticed her leg was swollen. It's her front left and along her tendon. You know when you run your hands down the back of a horse's leg to pick up feet, and there's that little groove in between the tendon and the bone? It's squishy on the inside of her leg, right in that groove. When it first came up, it was something I saw before I felt. It was swollen around her fetlock too, noticeable enough for someone who sees a horse twice a day every day, probably not noticeable to anyone but me. There wasn't any heat or tenderness.
Overly-concerned horse owner that I am, I took her out on the lawn and walked around and didn't see anything off. I trotted her around me, made sure she was really forward and nothing. She cantered just fine too, both directions. So I tacked her up and went on my ride, figuring it had stocked up from hanging around in the shelter all night.
The ride went fine, the swelling had gone down a little. The next few days it stayed the same. I kept doing a little bit of lunging to get her moving and see how she was, and it always seemed to improve after a little bit of work. It also improved when I would rub and massage it.
It's been a while, and it's still there. Her fetlock isn't swollen, it's just squishy in that little groove. She still seems pretty sound, although I've noticed she is a tad bit off, and I'm either seeing it because I know her so well or I'm imagining it because I'm really worried. Either way, it's only a little tiny bit off.
I've ridden her once or twice since then, and had two vets out. The first did teeth, and after Ricci was finished, I remembered about her leg, but when he looked it wasn't swollen at all. He felt it and said her tendons felt fine. He said it was odd for it to be gone, but he didn't think it was something too bad seeing as it did go away. I mean 100% gone. We were working in the front yard before he got there so he knew which house it was.
The second vet came out two days later [on the 18th] for Ricci's chiro. I talked to her about it. She saw Ricci move at a brisk trot to see how she moved, and she didn't think she was lame. She also felt it. This vet said that if it goes away or goes down, it's usually a circulatory problem, like when stalled horses get puffy pasterns, which was my original diagnosis.
Now, on the 26th, it's still squishy in the same spot, and it's been the same for a few days. Granted, I haven't had time to work her, but still. I did do some free-lunging this afternoon and she was galloping like mad and bucking and hopping and rearing with Gracie, so she's feeling good. Maybe it will feel better when I feed dinner tonight, but in the meantime, I really am worried. There are tons of terrifying things that can go wrong with the tendon, and since it's so close to the tendon, I'm about hyperventilating-panicking. Please please PLEASE tell me what you think!?
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