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    02-26-2013, 03:56 PM
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My Horse has recently gotten shocked by the electric fence at our farm. And a few days after getting shocked I went out to check on him and noticed that the left side of is face was swollen. Why is this? Is it because of the shock? Has this happened to you?
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    02-26-2013, 03:58 PM
No, the electric fence wouldn't have caused face swelling. Electricity doesn't work that way.

He could have an infected tooth, or been bitten by a snake or wild animal. You really need to have the vet out to take a look at him.
    02-26-2013, 04:02 PM
Green Broke
There are a lot of things that could be causing the swelling, but a shock from the fence is not one of them (arguably, he may have reacted to a shock in such a way that he thumped himself on a fence post or other object, but still the shock itself is not the cause).
    02-26-2013, 04:22 PM
I don't think the shock would do that- most fence zapping is startling but not damaging. It probably wouldn't take a few days to show up either. I would guess it is completely unrelated, swollen face means it is probably time to have the vet out, could be an abscessed tooth or jaw fracture, or even an allergic reaction. Best of luck!
    02-26-2013, 09:59 PM
It could also be a grass seed... Nasty little buggers, burying themselves in soft tissue forming abcesses :(
    02-26-2013, 11:14 PM
It doesn't seem painfull does this make a difference
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    02-27-2013, 12:06 AM
It coulD be swelling from his lymph glands, although that is normally under the jaw, around the throat and on both sides...
    02-27-2013, 12:09 AM
What would this be for future reference
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    02-27-2013, 12:42 AM
Originally Posted by engelann000    
What would this be for future reference
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What Lymph glands?

You know how when you go to the doctor, he/she feels along the side of your throat for those hard swollen lumpy bits that only appear when you are sick. They are feeling your lymph glands.

Here is some human based stuff on it. What is the Lymphatic System?
And some horse based stuff
Equine Manual

If your/or your horses glands are up, it could indicate an infection in the body... it could be illness related or there could be an infection - hoof, mouth, leg, tooth etc...

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