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    05-03-2010, 10:15 PM
Swollen Legs

If it's not one thing, it's another. Bundy just recovered from a puncture wound on his back leg, during which we had the saga of trying to needle him, unsuccessfully. In total he had about three weeks off.

He had two rides - one last weekend and one the weekend just gone.

I went out to rug him last night and all four of his legs were swollen from fetlock to knee/hock.

No heat, no lameness, no injuries, and he was his normal grumpy self.

Went back to check this morning and the fronts have gone down a little, but all still swollen, so the vet is coming out in an hour or two, i'm leaving work soon to go meet her.

Yay. Again. And we have Jugiong Campdraft this weekend and National MGA Pairs the weekend after. Silly boy.
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    05-03-2010, 10:34 PM
Has he been standing in his stall since you got back from your latest trail ride? I ask because many horses, including mine, get legs that look like tree stumps if they are not able to walk around after exercise or are stuck in a stall all day due to weather. It's harmless, but very annoying.
    05-03-2010, 10:43 PM
Nope, he's out 24/7 which seems to exclude stocking up.
    05-03-2010, 10:45 PM
I was going to say it sounds like he may be stocked up; however, if I'm remembering right, you don't stall your horses? So that is probably not it, if he has room to roam.

When he had his puncture wound, were you able to get any kind of antibiotic into him? Not to scare you, but it 'could' be infection, stemming from that original wound. Not the likely cause of his swelling, but certainly a possibility.
    05-03-2010, 10:45 PM
Oh crap. It was worth a shot. Good luck. I'll cross my fingers for you.
    05-04-2010, 12:01 AM
Ok, vet just left. She is pretty sure it's an allergy. She suggested riding him and also gave us some sulprim to give him to bring down the swelling and just in case it's an infection.

He's eating his doped up meal right now :)

Mom2pride - we weren't able to get anything into him, silly boy. Luckily it has healed really well.
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    05-04-2010, 12:11 AM
Originally Posted by wild_spot    
Ok, vet just left. She is pretty sure it's an allergy. She suggested riding him and also gave us some sulprim to give him to bring down the swelling and just in case it's an infection.

He's eating his doped up meal right now :)

Mom2pride - we weren't able to get anything into him, silly boy. Luckily it has healed really well.
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Not even through feeds? What a brat...Lol

Well, no matter, as long as he is getting something to help now, hopefully he should be okay.
    05-04-2010, 12:28 AM
I have had this problem before with one of my horses. He still does it at times. I have found that several things work very well but if you do not have someone to show you how or do it for you it is very hard to explain. However I can try. If you know anything about acupuncture and acupuncture points. There are several at the hair line of the foot. By taking a needle you can get those points to drain. You can tell by the blood that comes out if there is a chronic problem. You can also get them to drain by using a Bioscan but again if you do not have one then that will not help much and takes more time then the acupuncture.

Also you can help the lymphatic system drain. Start at the lower part of the leg just above the ankle on the inside of the leg and work your way up the leg past the hock/knee. This again takes time but will help a bit to get the toxins to drain out of the lower leg.

Past that what you are doing is the best bet. I have found riding helps too like what was suggested by the vet.
    05-04-2010, 01:04 AM
We didn't try feeds as it was a few days on by then and the vet said it looked to be healing well enough. He is enough of a fatty that he will eat about anything!

Thanks nrhareiner. I would be wary of trying acupuncture on him simply because of his hugely exxagerated behaviour regarding needles - but if it doesn't clear up it is definitely something I will look into.

I'm heading back out in about an hour to ride and give him his second feed of the sulprim.
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    05-04-2010, 07:54 AM
Sorry to hear that. Any chance it could be an allergy? I mean when Jemma is stunned by a bee she has all area around swollen pretty bad usually.

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