swollen area on the back of yearlings pasterns

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    07-12-2010, 01:01 PM
swollen area on the back of yearlings pasterns

My yearling has a small swollen area on the back of all.four pasterns right above the bulb of his heel buy it is definitely worse on his RH. He is bred to be a big boy and am wondering if it could be a growing thing but I don't want to chalk it up to growing and then find out something is really wrong. He is not lame but a cold hosed it and gave him a little bute to see if it would help but there was no change. Has anyone ever seen this before? I will try to post a picture of it.
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    07-12-2010, 01:48 PM
Green Broke
Has it been really wet where he is? Some horses may go through periods when the weather is really rainy where their joins (such as near the pastern area) become swollen, either from the moisture or from lack of movement on the mucky/slippery ground.
You should check for any heat or the beginnings of possibly some small red scabs as some horses (especially horses with white legs, i've found) are very suseptible to "scratches" in damp weather. I have a black arab mare & she'll get it in really wet weather, but only on her hind left leg, which is the only one with any white.
Of course, there are many other things that could be causing this & you could try simply hosing his legs off with cold water regularly. This swelling can be common in young horses & the only way to really know if it's something serious is to get him checked by a vet.

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