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    11-12-2012, 06:29 PM
Green Broke
Even if she does go outside(which as I said with our weird weather lately is a horrible idea) she should not be going out with a donkey. She should be in a super small paddock by herself with lots of hay.

And as I mentioned in my pm use ice packs instead of a cold hose. It will be way more effective.
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    11-12-2012, 06:34 PM
Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
if the cold hosing had a positive effect it's most likely not cellulitis/lymphangitis. She could have slipped, could have been kicked....who knows. Let's see what it looks like tomorrow morning. Can you call Laura tonight to find out what she saw after re-wrapping?
The cellulitis was actually a big worry of mine after CLaPorte's thread awhile ago. We couldn't find any new cuts or anything though. Cold hosing took the heat out of it but her leg was still very swollen and by the time she was back in a stall, she wanted to put zero weight on it at all.

I really didn't expect her to be in that bad of shape when I got there.

And she's not re-wrapping it until the morning, and then the farrier will help me out again in the afternoon when I go back down. He said that we'll have to see where to go from there, since it was hard to get a good idea of what happened because of how swollen it was.
    11-12-2012, 06:48 PM
Hate to say it.. Arab had no cut or injury whatsoever but still came down with severe cellulitis. Knowing my horse, I made that emergency call right away. Thank God I did.
But I do think your farrier has a pretty good idea of what he's looking at.
    11-12-2012, 06:53 PM
Is there any tell-tale signs of cellulitis? Or is it just the swelling?

And I feel like he does, I was definitely glad that he was able to come up and take a look at her. He's not even charging us either, and I have to call him tomorrow and he'll stop in before he goes to his son's sporting event.
    11-12-2012, 06:54 PM
Green Broke
Umm... the farrier told her to only wrap the one leg and a majority of the swelling is in the hock but wouldn't wrap the hock. I am questioning the farrier. And the harness track around here is all the old guys who think blistering solves everything, which is what he did.

I really think the vet needs to be called asap. Sometimes all it takes is a pin prick to bring on cellulites.
    11-12-2012, 06:57 PM
What exactly is blistering?

And I'll see if my dad will call up Werner tomorrow. Hopefully he's able to come up, since the more you guys tell me, the more I know she needs to see a vet. Sure, maybe she just slipped.. but I've never seen any horse's leg swell up like that. And my instructor's dad said she only started limping this morning and was fine the night before.
    11-12-2012, 06:59 PM
Green Broke
Does she have a temp Jore?
    11-12-2012, 07:02 PM
I don't know, she didn't seem warm anywhere other than the leg though. She didn't appear to be in too much pain when she was just standing, aside from when the farrier was picking up her leg to check her feet, etc. After she had gotten settled in her stall, she just munching on hay.. although she didn't want to move at all and you could tell that she was carefully calculating her movement so that she could avoid moving her hind leg.
    11-12-2012, 07:07 PM
My horse was in SEVERE pain, shaking actually it was his left front leg, at least twice the normal size. He also was just fine the evening before.
He did have a fever, so getting her temp is a good idea.
Sweating and DMSO is general race track treatment for work-related injuries. The not wrapping the hock puzzles me, tho. She could have twisted it, slipping.........
    11-12-2012, 07:08 PM
Green Broke
You wont be able to tell if she has a temp by touching her. You will need to stick a thermometer in her behind.

Now is the time for you to start doing some reading up on basic horse care. I would suggest picking up some pony club manuals if you can and horse first aid. Take this as a chance to learn something new.

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