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! :)