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post #1 of 7 Old 02-17-2014, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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Swollen Hind Legs

So I haven't posted on here in about a year but I really need some advice.

I went out to feed my horse on Saturday and his hind legs were both extremely swollen. I couldn't find any cuts or scratches and he's not the least bit lame, just slightly stiff. And he's only swollen from the hock down, but especially at his fetlocks. His legs are also really hot.
I cold hosed his legs yesterday and poulticed and wrapped them, and I'm going out in a few hours to see how he's doing today.
I plan on having the vet out tomorrow or the day after if the swelling doesn't go down but does anyone have any idea why his legs would be swelling like that?
I feel as though if he'd slipped and fallen (we have snow) he'd be lame even a little. I also thought something might be in the hay (like mustard seeds) but I couldn't find any and none of the other horses are having reactions.
I'll also take some pictures when I go see him today.
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post #2 of 7 Old 02-17-2014, 12:47 PM
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Is he turned out? Stalled?

How is his personality? Lethargic? Normal?

Hot, swollen legs aren't something to sit and wait out. I'd be calling my vet.
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He is turned out, he can't do stalls. He's normally high energy, he's an Arab. He actually was acting a bit lethargic later last week and on Saturday but yesterday he was high energy and wanting to play again.
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hmph, not sure what it could be but it does sound very similar to what happened with my friends warmblood... Her warmblood is turned out 24/7 and one day she had mysterious swelling and heat too... turns out she had kicked the fence and it got swollen and hot as well but no lameness, could be possibility??
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Have you taken his temperature? You need to. First thing that comes to mind is an infection. Especially with the lethargy.
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Could be scratches, even without a noticeable owie. I would check the temperature, if she's not running a fever and she's not terrible lame then I would be ok with waiting two to three days before calling the vet. I think the cold hosing was a good idea. Did you check for thrush out of curiosity? Also, what is your ground like? Is it snow covered or mucky?

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post #7 of 7 Old 02-17-2014, 05:22 PM Thread Starter
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I actually have not checked his temperature, I will do that tomorrow when I'm out.
I checked him a few hours ago and when I brushed the poultice off, his legs are considerably less swollen and hot.
He's still not lame at all and is still high energy.
I actually did check his feet and they look good; my farrier was out a few weeks ago and said he doesn't have thrush. The ground is snow covered but not really mucky.
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