I just went out to groom Scotch, and when I took off his new fly boots I found that his front left leg was swollen--I couldn't even make out his tendon "channels."
He has been having some scabby stuff that the vet told me (this spring) to treat with an anti-fungal, such as Betadine. I have been removing the scabs and applying the anti-fungal when it gets really bad. Once the scabs are off, there is hair underneath. Can't quite figure that one out.
Two days ago, his old fly boots ripped, exposing his scabs. I covered it with a bit of vetwrap in the late afternoon to keep the flies off of it. I picked up the new pair of fly boots the following morning and took off the bandage. His leg seemed fine then, just a bit of puss from his scab. I kept just his fly boots on so the air could get to it.
Now his front left leg is all swollen. I tried lunging him just now to see if he favored that leg at all, and it seems pretty sore. He doesn't even like his scabs being touched.
I called to talk to a vet, but I am waiting for them to call me back. I took off his boots...is there anything else I should do? I feel so bad and I hope he will be okay. My horses have never had any swelling of their legs before, so I'm not sure what to do.