Ok, so I'm going to be calling the vet tomorrow. Over the weekend of course they are closed except for real emergencies and today was a holiday. So I'm phoning tomorrow. She does not really seem to be in pain. She walks and even does a little trotting (on her own, I'm not riding her!), but her trot is off.
So, in the meantime I've been putting DMSO on her knee, doing salt wraps (drawing out fluid if there is) and cold hosing. I'm also giving MSM/Glucosamine in case it is arthritis. She is such a good patient and lets me do anything to her!
She is such a sweet mare!
I got some pics today though. Have any of you seen this type of swelling before? The last picture is of her knees before the swelling. Maybe it isn't obvious but she always had a bump on her knee from her cattle feeder accident. However she was completely sound on it for three years. As you can see her knee now is very swollen.
I'm going to have to figure out (when I call) whether I will take her in or have them out here. I think its better to take her in though, I just hope our friend will let us borrow his trailer as soon as possible. Can any of you tell me roughly how much lameness exams run? I know if she needs xrays it will be more but just a normal lameness exam. Also, do you guys know if vets let people do payment plans or not? Depending on the cost I may want to do that if at all possible.