Swollen legs..? :/
I'm not really sure what to do so I have decided to ask you guys.
Recently, my horses back legs have swollen up. Its only his back legs, but its from the hock down to the fetlock joint. I've obviously seen this before, so my first thought was that he probably did a little too much work the other day, so I gave him a rest, where I only walked him. However, after walking him half an hour, the swelling fell. Not completely, there was still a little left, and more closer to the fetlock joint, however it had definitely fallen. So I walked him half an hour more, but it didnt fall completely.
However, now he's had for several days..! It will fall almost completely after I ride, but it will be there the next day when I take him out of his stall.
So I don't think it's because he's been worked hard..? I don't know.
I don't know if I should give him complete rest for several days and see if the swelling falls.. After all, it does fall after I ride him..! It just comes back after he's been standing still. So perhaps that's not what I should do.
Maybe it has nothing to do with the amount of work he does? Again, I really don't know. I have experienced swelling in the legs before, a lot, of different kinds, but never this..
I hope someone has experienced this before, or can help me.
I haven't called a vet because he is not limping nor does he seem to suffer from it in any way, so I don't want to pay a huge bill if it's not serious.
"When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes." -Shakespeare