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    07-22-2012, 09:21 PM
  #21
Weanling
Yep, you're right. That's the only thing it could possibly be, and you definitely should not call a vet. Good thing you came on here and asked so we could get that all cleared up for you.
     
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    07-22-2012, 09:44 PM
  #22
Showing
If it has been happening on and off for eight months, I doubt it's an allergic reaction to a weed. No one on here can tell you for sure what it is, and the horse really does need to be seen by a vet. If it's something serious, you'll want to treat it before it gets worse.
     
    07-22-2012, 09:54 PM
  #23
Weanling
Ya , so you posted a question for advice why ? Looks to me like you know what it is and how to fix it and you think this is "normal" ? Why do people ask questions and when they don't hear " oh honey it will be alright , it's nothing ! " they get all defensive and act like they know everything ? Nobody knows everything , thus the reason why you are posting in the first place asking about it . Why nope it's nothing , at least that is what you say , hell what does everyone else know ...So when did you graduate from vet school ? Best of luck to your horse..Hope it's not anything serious cause he is the one suffering not you , so I guess you really don't have to worry about it !
     
    07-22-2012, 10:03 PM
  #24
Foal
Mselizabeth the term chronic from what I was taught means it has been going on for a while and isn't a new thing. Also from wha I have been taught, since it is a very very tiny (my teacher who is a vet has dealt with quite a few of these and the largest one she has encountered was maybe half the size of a pea) fragment of bone, usually a limp does not develop. Sorry for the confusion earlier, I probably should have elaborated better.
Once again good luck, and hoping for the best!
     
    07-22-2012, 10:07 PM
  #25
Weanling
Nothing pisses me off more then someone asking what is wrong with their horse and refuses to call a vet, instead asks a forum for answers. There are so many causes to what you mention and no one has the answer but a vet who checks the horse himself. If it could be done over the internet vets would never leave their houses. And yes I call anyone who thinks when something is wrong and they don't have answers and WONT call a vet " A BAD HORSE OWNER" or animal at that.
So many times I hear I don't have a vet yet I don't have the money There isnt a vet in my area, They said they wont come.
I have owned horses all my life and never have I heard so many "Lame" excuses as to why NOT to call a vet. I just shake my head and say Poor horses deserve better.
In my barn a owner refuses a vet call I show thm the barn door and wish the horse luck because they need it.
JMHO

Get a Vet!

TRR
     
    07-22-2012, 10:09 PM
  #26
Trained
Mate - it will cost you a dollar to pick up the phone and call a local vet, just describe the symptoms to them, and they can give you some advice. They may or may not think that coming to physically assess the horse is necessary.
But seriously, it is sheer laziness to not pick up the phone and talk to a vet for 5 minutes. My vet is on speeddile on my phone, the slightest little worry and I call him to discuss. We have a good relationship, and he's not money hungry so won't come out and charge me unless he feels it absolutely necessary.

Just call... it's not going to hurt!
     
    07-22-2012, 10:14 PM
  #27
Trained
If you do not develop a relationship with a vet for routine care, then when you have a 3:00 a m colic, they are not going to come. If you won't call a vet when the horse is sick, and then you call her at 3:00 a m right as she is dying, she won't come. She won't even know how to find your farm.

For everyone out there--- Get regular checkups for your horses. Get the vet to come out. Pay the money. Budget for it just like you do for feed. Budget for emergencies. If you don't have the money, maybe you should either work more or spend less. I have no sympathy for people that wear designer shoes, get their nails done, their hair done, smoke cigarettes, drink beer, and then neglect their horses.
     
    07-22-2012, 10:18 PM
  #28
Weanling
I don't see how you can't take the time to at least call the vet ..but yet you have to to start a thread , reply to everyone's responses and look it up on your own....Awful lot of time spent ....Gosh you must be sooo busy in the 8 months this has been going on...I don't see how you even have time to be on the internet when you are obviously to busy to pick up the phone .......hmmm pathetic
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    07-22-2012, 10:19 PM
  #29
Super Moderator
I don't see anything wrong with asking questions on a forum about something such as this when there is no heat, pain, or fever. However I do think the best advice received on this matter is the old "call the vet" addage. You don't have to have the vet out but you probably should have a chat with them over the phone. They of course won't make any diagnosis without seeing the animal but I think they can give you a good feeling as to if this is a wait and see type of situation. Because it's been going on for a while, I personally would call the vet, if it were my horse.

Since it is your horse, it is your decision but my concern is that it's something serious that if you wait too long, you won't be able to treat.

I wish you luck and please keep us posted....
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    07-22-2012, 10:23 PM
  #30
Trained
Wait and see? How long if 8 months is not long enough?

Maybe we are all overreacting? If it were just a tiny bit of puffiness, that might seem so, but oozing? If you have exaggerated the problem, that could explain your hesitancy to get the vet out. Otherwise, just when would you call a vet? How bad would it have to be?
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