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post #1 of 13 Old 04-11-2012, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
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To Wrap or Not to Wrap?

My horse had the winter (Dec-March) off, and I'm just bringing him back into work again.

Last week, after about 3 days of riding, I noticed that he had some swelling in his back fetlocks. His right hind was just slightly swollen and his left hind was quite swollen (looks like a wind puff?). He was not lame on it it and it was not sore to the touch. I considered poulticing or wrapping it, but decided that the swelling would go down after a few more days of exercise.

Well, it has been about 6 days since I first noticed the swelling and it STILL hasn't gone down. His hind fetlocks are still the same and today I even noticed some very slight swelling in his front fetlocks. It's still not bothering him, but I'm confused as to why the swelling hasn't come down. He hasn't been worked super hard or excessively, and he lives in a pasture, so it's not like he's standing in one place all day.

So my question is: Do you think that putting standing wraps on him will help reduce the swelling? Or should I just leave his legs unwrapped since it doesn't seem to be bothering him? Does regularly wrapping your horse's legs after a hard workout make them more prone to swelling when you leave them unwrapped?

Thanks for your help! :)
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post #2 of 13 Old 04-11-2012, 10:49 PM
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I would try cold hosing 2x daily am and pm and maybe just rubbing in some liniment, try that for a couple days see if there's any change.
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Thanks Klassic! I will give that a try. I can only get to the barn once a day so I will cold hose in the pm and apply some liniment for the next few days.
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Horse medical isn't exactly my strong point, but I agree with the hosing.

Back in the beginning of the year Ruger's back legs and hind end swelled up similar to that and it turned out if was a bad type of worm. We got some special stuff from the vet and it was gone two days later and hasn't returned. This could be possible?

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #5 of 13 Old 04-12-2012, 02:02 AM
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Swelling of any sort would really bother me. I agree - cooling it down (hosing) seems better than wrapping - but no telling, really. It is a symptom of something, and if it were me - I wouldn't work him at all until I could identify what it is a symptom of.

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How much work are you talking about? You went from what to what?

Is he stalled? Access to pasture, if so how much? How much pasture/move around/none stall time after riding?
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He isn't stalled - he has pasture access 24/7. We went from light workouts (20 min light walk/trot/canter and short trail ride) about 1x/week to about medium workout (40 min walk/trot/canter and 1/2hour-long trail ride) about 6x/week.

He gets de-wormed regularly, so I don't think it could be any type of worm, but there's always a possibility. SorrelHorse, what do you mean by his hind end swelling up? Like, his hindquarters?

Thanks everyone for your suggestions. :) I will cold hose him daily and see how that goes.
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I would cold hose for 15-20 minutes after your work outs and put some poultice on his legs. I prefer poultice over standing wraps when it comes to stocking up (also depends on why). I would also give him a day or two off or just walk him for a few days and see if the swelling goes down. Is there any heat in the leg or is it cool? Is he in with any other horses? Any holes in the pasture? Just naming some things off here to see what could be causing it. Have you switched your feed recently?

If it doesn't go down in a few more days I personally would be getting ahold of my vet.
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He had yesterday off and today we just went on a long walk on the trails. The swelling is still the same so I cold hosed each hind leg for 10 minutes. Then I rubbed his legs with liniment and put on standing wraps. I guess we'll see what it looks like in the morning!

BarrelRacingLvr, his legs are no warmer than normal. He is in with one other horse - an old retired TB. There are no holes in the pasture and the ground is nice and dry. His feed hasn't been switched, but he has been getting more access to green grass lately. That could definitely be a factor.

I will keep a close eye on things and update tomorrow!

Thanks for your help everyone! :)
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He had yesterday off and today we just went on a long walk on the trails. The swelling is still the same so I cold hosed each hind leg for 10 minutes. Then I rubbed his legs with liniment and put on standing wraps. I guess we'll see what it looks like in the morning!

BarrelRacingLvr, his legs are no warmer than normal. He is in with one other horse - an old retired TB. There are no holes in the pasture and the ground is nice and dry. His feed hasn't been switched, but he has been getting more access to green grass lately. That could definitely be a factor.

I will keep a close eye on things and update tomorrow!

Thanks for your help everyone! :)
I hope the fellow gets better. Just a reminder here. You didn't say what linament you applied, but the "rule of thumb" is - if you rub don't wrap. It, of course, depends on the type of linament....but it is worth noting.

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