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    07-22-2012, 10:40 PM
  #31
Weanling
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Originally Posted by farmpony84    
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....
Thank you. I appreciate your constructive post.

I may call my vet and ask. But I do not plan of having him out unless he thinks it's nessesary.

It is not causing him pain, if it was I would have called him in a heartbeat. He doesn't even flinch when I touch it.

I have had my B.O. Look at it. She thinks it's just a form of stalking up as well. I gave him some turnout, and it is mostly gone now. Like usual.
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    07-22-2012, 10:50 PM
  #32
Weanling
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Originally Posted by xXSweetBreezeXx    
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!
Thank you. I will look into it.

Does it usually reject out of the body on its own?
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    07-22-2012, 11:00 PM
  #33
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Seriously Your horses has been stocking up & weeping fld from his leg for at least 8mths on/off that is now a chronic issue.You are just now seemingly concerned enough to seek opinions & advice & you come to a forum to do so?? I just don't get some people... Seeking a professional opinion not an option for you?why cause it may cost money.Cheaper I guess to self diagnosis by googling Most vets can advise you much better,even if it is just over the phone. A horse with those symptoms that is not lame & sore I may even be more concerned about as it is probably not linked to an injury problem with legs but pointing to a more systemic problem.I as would most others here would have called a vet long ago...
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    07-22-2012, 11:10 PM
  #34
Green Broke
I'll say it. You don't deserve to have horses.

Why is it that people who refuse to have the vet out for something that has the potential to be serious never have to deal with the consequences. And yet those of us who strive to take care of our horses to the highest standard (including calling the vet if a leg is leaking fluid chronicly for 8 freaking months) are the ones who lose them.
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    07-22-2012, 11:19 PM
  #35
Weanling
My family has medical bills. As of right now, our medical bills are more important than vet bills.

My horse will not die from a stocked up leg.

I'm getting this thread deleted.
     
    07-22-2012, 11:31 PM
  #36
Trained
You can't "get the thread deleted." You posted asking questions, people answered, you didn't like the answers and you got pissed.


Best advice you've been given? Call a vet.
     
    07-22-2012, 11:35 PM
  #37
Green Broke
Your horse may have lymphedema in that leg. If so the fluid you see leaking out is lymphatic fluid. That means something is wrong with the circulation in that leg but I won't guess at what could have caused it.
If that is what it is it needs to be managed before bigger problems arise, especially as it is so close to the foot.
Sorry but a vet is required. Maybe you could send the description & some pictures to a vet at a lower cost than a visit or set up a payment plan?
     
    07-22-2012, 11:36 PM
  #38
Trained
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Originally Posted by HowClever    
I'll say it. You don't deserve to have horses.

Why is it that people who refuse to have the vet out for something that has the potential to be serious never have to deal with the consequences. And yet those of us who strive to take care of our horses to the highest standard (including calling the vet if a leg is leaking fluid chronicly for 8 freaking months) are the ones who lose them.
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Just like why is it that the good people always get cancer?
Its not fair. I know people who never feed their horses, they live in paddocks surrounded by dropping, barbed wire, wire rolls all over the paddock under knee high grass and weeds. And these horses never get injured. Well, other than the one who has FINALLY been given to a caring home, who has been left with rain scald so chronic (rain scald won't kill a horse either, like a stocked up leg really) that the vet has said he will be lucky to ever recover from it.
But then I look at my luck, and the luck of others who look after their horses as I do, and there are so many freak injuries. Broken legs, severed tendons/ligaments, freak colic attacks, severe lacerations obtained in paddocks that are absolutely pristine!
     
    07-22-2012, 11:37 PM
  #39
Green Broke
OP - if YOUR leg had been swelling "off and on" for eight months and was now leaking fluid, would you not contact YOUR doctor??
     
    07-22-2012, 11:38 PM
  #40
Trained
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Originally Posted by mselizabeth    
My family has medical bills. As of right now, our medical bills are more important than vet bills.

My horse will not die from a stocked up leg.

I'm getting this thread deleted.
If you can't afford a single dollar, to pick up a telephone and call a vet.... then I wonder how you afford to keep a horse at all.
     

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