3 swollen legs?
Just got out to the barn and 3 of my horses legs are swollen. He isn't lame, they're just swollen. I'm posting here instead of calling the vet because I am waiting for the BO per her request. She's on her way here now but I thought while I waited I would get some opinions on what it might be and whether to have the vet out now and pay for an emergency Sunday call or wait until tomorrow...
None of them seem sore and there are no hot spots. They're just puffy. I can't even feel the little bone that runs down the leg(forgive my anatomy ignorance, the name escapes me at the moment)
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Has your horse been stalled all this time? Try hand-walking for 20 minutes and see if the swelling goes down. If not, take your horse's temperature.
I don't know how cold it is by you, but if she's been in that could be a reason, if its fairly warm and you walk her for 20mins and still swollen, hosing for 15mins per leg and cooling gel may help.
If he isn't lame, and they aren't burning hot, I would at least wait until tomorrow to call the vet. If your horse has been stalled for many hours today, it's likely just a fluid build-up from not being able to move around freely.
Definitely try walking for 20 mins, and maybe trotting him in hand a little. If there's any heat at all, you could try cold hosing or icing the legs. You could also do standing wraps, if you are confident that you (or you BO) knows how to do them correctly. Wrapped incorrectly, it could make the situation worse and possibly even cause a bow.
I would be very surprised if it was anything more than stocking up.
He's out 24/7 so hasn't been stalled at all. Sorry I should've included that in the OP. I've tried walking him anyway thinking maybe he wasn't moving around in the pasture but there's no significant improvement.
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Just because he's out doesn't mean he's moving enough to get the flow going.. cold hosing and hand walking would be the best options. If you notice he's sore, then think about giving him an anti-inflammatory after talking with the BO of course.
Hope it's nothing serious :/
Stocked up on three legs is pretty unusual. You likely need to get the vet out for a look.
Does he stand around out on pasture or move around pretty good? It doesnt make sense that would be a problem or it would have shown up prior to this.
Has he had any recent farrier work done?
Have you changed feeds?
Is it possible he was cast on a fence or something?
If he has no heat, no sign of injury, has had no change of diet or recent farrier work Its going to be hard to figure out, thus the vet would be a good call to make.
Normally he walks around the pasture and doesn't just stand. I agree that it seems like this would've been a problem before if it was standing still related.
He had 2 front shoes put on Friday by the farrier thats been doing it for months. He has had front shoes since I got him. What sort of farrier work might cause swelling in 3 legs?
There's been no change in feed.
It is unlikely but not impossible he got cast on a fence. There are fences out there but he rarely goes near them.
There's no heat, no sign of injury, and no obvious lameness. It's very odd. My BO has been around horses for many many years and she couldn't figure out anything that could've caused it either. I'm worried. I'm quite anxious to hear what the vet thinks.
THe only reason I mentioned farrier is we had a mare recently stock up in both back after she was trimmed, and she too had never had a problem ever. We had a new farrier out (not because of her but because we are in a different barn) and while he layed no blame on work done previously he trimmed her and within 2 hours the swelling was gone. Coincidence or not?
When we asked him if she may have stocked up from her angles being out he said very possible that it put extra stress on her legs and tendons.
I guess we will never know.
The farrier that did trim her said she was out about 12 degrees on one hind and 8 degrees on the other. We were pretty shocked because the previous farrier is well known and liked. The fact that it went away and never came back was a bit too crazy for me not to believe it wasnt related in some way to her trim.
As a note we also tried to exercise her to get rid of the stockiness and it made very little difference. Cold hose made no difference either.
Wish there was an easy answer for you but there isnt usually and I hope it is just something simple for you to get fixed.
Let us know how you make out tomorrow. Try not to worry too much. I know I was very worried for our horse but as with most things, they get solved and all is well again.
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