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post #1 of 5 Old 04-03-2012, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
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Swelling in Back Fetlocks.

Last week I gave mt 14 year old QH mare a break for about four days. When I got her from her paddock her back fetlocks were extremely swollen. She was lame so I rode her at a walk for about half an hour. She was a little stiff at the beginning but she eventually loosened up. So I started trotting her. She was completely fine a the trot and canter so after about an hour and a half of riding. I got off and her fetlocks were no longer swollen. She does have arthritis, but currently it does not bother her. I was wondering if because she was idle for a few days that her joint swelled and then after I rode her her circulation improved and they went down. My main question is that can horses have circulatory diseases and could she possibly have one.
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-03-2012, 06:57 PM
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I'm not an expert, to say the least, but I would honestly call your local vet office and ask for your regular vet. If you don't have a regular vet, just ask if there's someone you can ask some questions to. They're a really good resource and you shouldn't get charged for the phone call. If you're on good terms with your vet, they probably know your horse a little better than us general forum people do. xD

I hope someone else has better information than me, but I thought I would throw that option out there.

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post #3 of 5 Old 04-04-2012, 01:11 AM
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Was she stalled during her break? Sounds like shes stocked up, which probably isnt a cause for concern. You be the judge... were they enourmous and sensitive and really hot? Or were they just stocked up? That happens when they are stalled for a while. The fluids leave when moved around. You could try track bandages/polos if you want to avoid this again. If she was in the pasture the whole time, then more cause for concern, assuming she was moving around and grazing almost the entire time. If stalled, not big worry.
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You can easily tell if swelling like that is just edema -- which it probably is. Squeeze the swelling with your thumb and index finger and see if that leave a 'pit' in the swelling. If it does, it is just from 'stocking up' from lack of exercise. If it is hot and puffy and does not pit on pressure, it is inflammatory and should be checked by a Vet if it keeps coming back.

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post #5 of 5 Old 04-04-2012, 08:44 AM Thread Starter
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No, she wasn't stalled and our vet comes out on the 12th of this month anyways I forgot about that. She was fine yesterday thought but my family is going away for a few days. So I will see what happens then. Thanks for the help!
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