SWELLING ON OUTSIDE OF CANNON BONE FROM KNEE DOWN! - The Horse Forum
 
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post #1 of 2 Old 06-27-2008, 03:10 AM Thread Starter
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SWELLING ON OUTSIDE OF CANNON BONE FROM KNEE DOWN!

My four year old Mare has swelling from her knee down approx. 4 fingers width, on the outside (which would be the right side) of BOTH front legs. It is hot and swollen and mushy and she does not like it.

ANY thoughts on what this could be?

The vet is having me sweat wrap her and its not looking better.

She IS NOT head bobbing lame.

I have not trotted her in a circle, but she trotted quickly away from me as she was spooked and was balanced.

help!
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post #2 of 2 Old 06-27-2008, 07:02 AM
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No photos? Sounds like shin splints to me. She's young, it's on the cannon bone, they can cause lameness or not sometimes. It's a sign of overwork in young horses, or can be a manifestation of poor conformation.Sometimes they pop them on their own at play in the pasture, but pasture raised horses aren't as likely to develop it, in my experience. It's the stall bound colts that get longed a lot that tend to do it more. I would stop the "sweat" and cold hose/ice the areas. Give her a good rest, with turnout or reduce her work to slower gaits for a while. She'll be fine, but her legs may be permanantly blemished. Of course, I'm just guessing based on what you described with no pics or hands on exam.

Here's a link to wikipedia about it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Splints
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