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        08-20-2012, 09:08 AM
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    Okay i'll try not to make this an essay but please read and give me your thoughts and advice:(
    I'm 15 and i've just bought my first horse when he was brought into our field he started stomping around etc, and sorting out the pecking order.. but when I took him out for his first ride a few days later, we noticed he was bobbing his head when he was trotting as if to take the pain off his leg so I got off him and he had some swelling on the inside of his leg so we cold hosed it. This was last saturday and we cold hosed it morning and night until wednesday as we went on holiday thursday. We also put him in his own section of field wednesday night because the field has a bit of debris in and is uneven in places. When we went to see him sunday night he still had swelling on his leg and is still bobbing in trot. We've decided to cold hose it morning and night for 5 days to see if it improves and if it doesnt to get a vet out. There's no heat on it, and I havent rode him since saturday.. when I bought him I got all his previous medical documents and he's had nothing like this wrong with him, also a few days before I got him he did a local show jumping competition.
    Finally... he's a thoroughbred 16.2hh 19 year old
    I don't know much about anything like this so any advice or help would be appreciated also there's no way we can stable him at the moment:( thanks
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        08-20-2012, 04:20 PM
    Green Broke
    If he's been lame that long as the swelling hasn't improved I would get a vet out sooner than later.
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        08-21-2012, 03:07 AM
    Agree with Poppy. I would have probably done what you have until now, but I wouldn't leave it any longer. Where on his leg is the swelling?
        08-21-2012, 04:10 AM
    Okay it's on his tendon? :S and my dad told me he won't get the vet out until like this weekend because he doesn't seem to be in pain and thinks it will go away :/ ill have to try and persuade him to do it sooner I guess
        08-21-2012, 05:44 AM
    It could be something as simple as a cyst on his tendon but since it is on a tendon it is very important to get it taken care of sooner rather then later. If it is something more serious it can weaken the tendon to where he wont be able to jump again or that it could cause a more serious injury if he does jump. Same goes for ligaments. Suspensory and tendon injuries are not always recoverable.
        08-21-2012, 05:59 AM
    Green Broke
    If he's lame that's a sign of pain. There are so many things it could be.
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        08-21-2012, 06:10 AM
    Definitely have it looked at if the swelling is over the tendon. The longer swelling stays around a tendon or ligament, the more damage it will do. At 19 years old, you don't want to be taking any chance because healing will be reduced at that age.
    It's possible that he has strained or put a small tear in the tendon - definitely something that needs to vet to look at. They will be able to give you some anti-inflammatories to help get that swelling down quickly as obviously cold hosing is not helping.
    In the mean time, keep him in as flat a paddock as you can find, with even ground coverage to reduce the chances of him twisting it further.
        08-21-2012, 07:31 AM
    Did you get a prepurchase exam done before you bought him?
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        08-21-2012, 10:12 AM
    Could be an abscess and the swelling is actually stocking due to non-movement.
        08-21-2012, 04:32 PM
    Thanks for all your opinions and advice:') we're getting the vet out on friday, and no we didn't get him checked before we bought him we should have done and always will in future

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