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    12-09-2009, 07:19 PM
What will help?

So, my gelding Ice has some sort of chronic heat/injury in both of his back fetlocks. He is an 11 year old OTTB, on the track for nine years, so he most likely has a myriad of problems that I don't know about, since I was unable to get his vet history. I am thinking its either sesamoiditis or osselets (even though those more often occur in the front and not the back). As soon as I can get the money, I plan on getting a set of x-rays to diagnose/confirm my suspicions. Until then, what can I do to help? Its mostly pin point heat right in the inside back of his hind fetlocks, and the only time it escalates to heat in the whole area is when he canters. That's fine, I can handle not cantering him. But I do want to give him as much support/help as possible? I already have him on a joint supplement with H/A and that seems to work very nicely for him. Will buying him SMB boots help, since they wrap around and under the fetlock? This is a chronic thing I'm assuming, since we haven't done anything that would be stressful on his joints other than some light cantering in the last few days.
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    12-10-2009, 09:33 AM
Does it cause lameness?
Try cold hosing, or polstice (sp.?)
    12-10-2009, 10:25 AM
Ah I forgot to add that in! No, there is no lameness. There is minor swelling, but that goes away with the cooling down process.
    12-10-2009, 10:57 AM
Well if it is not causing discompfort, if it just heats up, its not too severe.
    12-10-2009, 12:47 PM
Well since he's an OTTB, I don't want it to become severe....this is preventative measures more than anything. I don't want him to turn up lame one day because I decided to canter him for ten minutes.
    12-10-2009, 02:14 PM
Is he possibly hitting there when he canters? If so then boots will help. If he's not then boots probably wont do anything since its coming from the inside. I think personally, to either use a cold water wrap when you're done working until he cools out, or use poltice. BUT you don't want to be using poultice ever day, horses can get skin sore from it. Definitely have your vet take a look. If it is sesamoiditis, it would be in pretty early stages since there is no lameness. Good luck, and keep us updated if you find out anything.
    12-10-2009, 08:47 PM
It can be sesamoiditis if its in the back.
But yes, I get what your saying, about not wanted to let it get worse.
They have alot of cold therapy options these days, just check out your latest Dover saddlery catalog! (:
    12-10-2009, 08:51 PM
Thanks--I bought him a pair of splint boots for his rear a couple of days ago thinking that's what it was--so either the area became warm because of the boots or because of the work. I guess I'll have to canter him to check now, lol. I've seen ice boots like this

EZ Ice Universal Leg Wrap - Leg Therapy

Would that work or would he need something more like a cold pressure wrap?

The only thing that really clued me in on it in the first place was the fact that as soon as I stopped lunging him, he would rest his right hoof. He could bear weight on it, etc. when I asked him to move, but he would just put it up as soon as he stopped working every time.
    12-14-2009, 10:11 AM
Id keep him walking after a work out, if he does that. Just make sure you arent working him then throughing him back in a stall.
    12-14-2009, 11:39 AM
Talk to your vet. It could be anything. A call is free.

SMBS are great if your horse needes fetlock and suspensory support. You can use them for stalls, riding or turnout. They usually don't slip if they are on right. You can find "generic" brands for around $40. My vet always tells me to let a horses legs air out at around 12 hours of boots or wraps. Occasional pultice wont hurt.

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