Lame and with a swollen fetlock... any home remedies for pain?
I don't have a clue what is going on with my mare. She came up lame a little over a week ago. I only noticed because she started limping a little at a trot, and upon further inspection, her front fetlock joint is swollen and stiff.
I called my vet and he told me to give her aspirin until I could get some bute. I managed to get some bute a few days later and she's been on it off and on, when it seems like she's really hurting. For the most part, she's fine at a walk, but if she gets any faster, she limps.
Her fetlock joint is pretty swollen and has a pretty good bit of heat in it. Really stiff as well. She'll pick it up easily, but if I squeeze any, she jerks away, or tries to. I pulled her shoes after I noticed it and she let me, but it was very obvious that it hurt her a lot to have the shoe on that leg taken off (pulling the nails out, loosening the shoe, etc...).
Before she came up lame, I was told that she'd gotten out of the pasture and she had cuts from the barbed wire all over her back legs, but barely any on the front. I'm inclined to think that either she kicked something hard or she got kicked by another horse... but I dunno...
I haven't had a vet to see her because I don't have the money, though I'm keeping a very close eye on her and if she's still lame when I get the money, instead of getting my young stallion gelded right now, I'll get her checked out...
I'm hoping that she didn't do anything real serious, hopefully she just twisted her leg or something... not fractured anything or anything like that... My question is... besides the bute and ocassional aspirin, is there any home remedies for pain or swelling (besides cold hosing...) that I can make/use?
Have you checked for an abscess? The footsore issue can cause her to rest that leg and thus the stocking you are seeing.
I haven't checked for an abcess... My experience with abcesses is limited, and I didn't even think of that... My gelding has had one abcess and he acted like he was gonna die if he even put weight on that leg, and my other boy abcessed once and I didn't even know he had one until I saw that it had blown out...
If it's not raining when I get home from college, I'll go check her again. I hadn't even thought of that...
When I did talk to my vet about her lameness, he didn't seem worried... just said to give her aspirin and bute until it clears up or until I feel like, if she hasn't gotten better, bringing her in or calling him out.
Though is there heat in the joint with an abcess? She has some heat around the fetlock area...
I would be inclined to try a Furizone sweat.
I will check her carefully then, when I get home. If it is an abcess, then I can use mineral ice or a paste muscle relaxer on her leg. It worked a bit when my Dakota abcessed... or maybe I can use muscle relaxer regardless, it may help relax some of the tension and pain...?
Do you know how to wrap legs properly?
If not get someone that knows how. Wrapping a leg improperly causes serious issues. So if you don't know how to wrap legs please get someone that does to help!
This is how I do it, some people may have a different way.
A Furazone sweat is good for drawing heat and edema out. I clean all of the dirt off the leg, maybe washing, but make sure its completely dry. Then since your problem is in the fetlock I would smear a gob of Furazone all over the area. Then I wrap with rolled cotton, a layer of saran wrap, then cover with a polo wrap or vet wrap. And leave on until next day.
Oh. Neat. I will have to try and find someone who knows how to wrap legs. I have never done it.
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