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    05-09-2008, 09:34 PM
Swollen hind leg?

I noticed just a little while ago that my girl's back leg is swollen. It's near the... I guess it'd be the ankle joint... like, right above it, and is pretty puffy... but it's real squishy and felt like water under her skin when I pushed/touched it.

I did that test thing... to check for lameness. Y'know, holding the leg up real tight for a few minutes then having someone walk her out the second the leg is released. I did it four times, and she didn't limp or even favor the leg at all... so it must not be bothering her.

It's also not really a new thing. My farrier mentioned the puffiness a few months ago, but said that it wasn't bothering her at all, and it went away after a few days.

Maybe it's just swelling from her being worked a little more than she's really used to... y'know, I'm lunging her a bit everyday now (5 minutes one way, 5 minutes the other)... could it be that she's not used to having to trot in a big circle?

It doesn't feel anything at all like the skin it swollen... it literally feels squishy, like there's just fluid/water around/above the joint. There's absolutely no heat in it at all and she's not favoring it at all. It didn't bother her when I pressed it/picked it up... or did anything with it. She doesn't even act like it's bothering her at all.

Any ideas as to what it could be?

I don't think a vet needs to be called in this case, as it's not bothering her, and the last time he was out, it was a little puffy and he didn't mention it... (and he gave her a full checkover in addition to floating her teeth... so it he thought it was a problem, I think he would have mentioned it.).

I do have pictures, but my camera batteries are dead... I'll have the pics uploaded either tonight or sometime tomorrow.
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    05-09-2008, 09:37 PM
She could just be stocked up in that leg.

The same thing happens with Vega if she can't go out for the day (due to rain) After exercising her, or just getting her out of her stall and hand walking her, it goes away.
    05-09-2008, 09:49 PM
What exactly is' stocked up'?

My girl is allowed to roam in a 50 acre paster 24/7... so she does get her own form of exercise when I can't go mess with her....
    05-09-2008, 09:59 PM
I know the question isnt exactly what's going on with your girl, but I thought the answer was really good.

    05-09-2008, 10:12 PM
Thanks... That was pretty informative.

I used to go on Cherry Hills site all the time, but stopped after nothing new was ever updated...

The fluid buildup thing sounds like what my girl has going on... but if it's because of stall confinement, lack of exercising, or overfeeding... then I don't understand it.

My girl is never stalled... I exercise her all the time (whether it's lunging or riding) and she's out on a huge pasture 24/7 running around and other such... As for the overfeeding... my girl get's only 8 ounces of feed daily (she's on pasture grass 24/7)...
    05-09-2008, 10:33 PM
I have no idea then. Maybe call up a vet and just ask them over the phone if they think she's just stocking up, or if it could be something else.

Has she had any other leg problems in the past?

Does she still run and stuff if it's raining?

Vega seems to get it more in the winter/spring when she can't get out as much, as opposed to the summer/fall.

I also noticed if I work her kind of hard one day, and then go up there the next, she'll be a little stocked up. I think because the hard work got her blood flowing and then she didn't do anything until the next day. But she is stalled, so that could be why.
    05-09-2008, 10:34 PM
Could be fluid built-up.
    05-09-2008, 11:06 PM
I posted this same topic on another forum that I'm on, and they mentioned wind galls.

Honestly, I looked it up and it sounds and looks like she has that... Wind Puff's... Wind Galls... whatever it goes by.
    05-09-2008, 11:11 PM
Yesss!! That's the word I was looking for, LOL!
Lexi has had one of those before; they usually go away on their own & don't cause lameness.

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