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post #1 of 4 Old 07-09-2013, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
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Swelling with no lameness??

My horse's left front leg is swollen and is a little warm, but he is not lame at all. At all. It's so weird..I've never had a horse be lame but not actually lame... It happened the day after I turned him out to the spring field from his smaller paddock and I'm guessing he managed to hurt himself playing with his buddies. I left for vacation a few days after it happened and I had called my vet and they hummed and hawed but didn't really give me any useful information. SO I left him in the care of my trainer who cold hosed it and wrapped it. It's been about 3 weeks now and it hasn't gotten any better or worse. It's the same. He hasn't been in the field since it happened but he goes nuts on stall rest so I put him in an individual paddock. He doesn't go crazy there so I figured it would be alright.
As soon as I got back and noticed it hadn't changed I called my vet again but he's really busy this week and isn't sure he's able to get out here.
What do you guys think I should do? I started him on 1 gram of bute AM and PM yesterday morning (my grandma's vet says that helps reduce inflammation). I'm headed out there pretty soon to check on him. I'm not sure if it's been helping or not. I'm worried because I let it go so long but he's not really in any pain or he's hiding it really well...
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post #2 of 4 Old 07-09-2013, 02:48 PM
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My mare had that for a little while and the bute will help a lot... cold hosing it every day if not twice a day for ten minutes at least will clear that up in no time. My mare actually was in her stall and probably pawed too hard on her door during food time ;) since your horse was out i'm sure he was having a circus and managed to swell something up. I'm sure he will be fine but for now cold hosing and the individual paddock will be good to keep him out of trouble... look for and cuts or something out of the norm in his old field... From what happened to my horse i was told it was like doing something stupid in gym and swelling your hand or finger in dodgeball haha if you really get suspicious since 3 weeks is a long time the vet is the right way to go but it could also be healing so slow because he is out...
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Well bute now is probably not going to do anything. Whatever damage has been done by inflammation was already done within the acute stages of injury, 3 weeks ago.
Where on the leg is the swelling? Does it move with the skin or is it attached to the structures in the leg? If you pick up her foot and try to move the swelling around, does it go with the skin? Is any part of the back of her leg sensitive to palpation while the leg is picked up? Does she flex sound? Does she test positively with a hoof tester?
I can't imagine a vet having "no clue". I think it's time for a new vet, preferably one that has a clue - these are all basic diagnostics that are very easy to perform and can easily pinpoint the source and cause of any swelling.
Further diagnostics are usually not needed, but treatment can range from stall rest to basically icing it twice a day and riding lightly, all the way to surgery if it is a broken splint bone.
In short, new vet and a proper exam should set you on your way.

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post #4 of 4 Old 07-09-2013, 03:01 PM Thread Starter
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Well I haven't had the vet out yet. I called before I left to see what I should do to help or if I needed to have the vet out right away. She said if it's swollen to cold hose it (well...duh...) but didn't seem too concerned right away. She mentioned that if it got worse or didn't get better to have them come out and look at it, but now they can't because they're busy this week..
I picked up his leg and if you push on the part that is swollen he pulls his leg away. I didn't notice the swelling moving...I didn't look for that. I'll check today.
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