My farrier went out yesterday and called us with news that my pony's tendons around her ankle were puffy, and she seemed tender on the left front one. We have no idea how this occured or why. Anyone have any suggestions on this? What do do? What to expect?
Your Farrier did not know?
When was the last time you pony given any shots?
One of our Horses had a similar swelling about 2 months after his shots, the vet said it can take a couple of months to have a reaction to the West-Nile shot, could that be a possibility?
Other than that, bee stings, steeping in a hole, so many things, hard to say without being there.
Sometimes puffiness comes before equine scratches appear. Also called mudlot fever. If the legs and ankles get little bumps/sores it could be the start of scratches. A good betidine scrub followed with MTG works well. You have to get all the little bumps off the skin. It's like athletes foot to horses. Even tinactin works. Good luck, hope it isn't anything serious.
We have been cold hosing ext, there is absaloutly NO HEAT . and she isnt lame on them, her tendons are simply inflamed. I am suggested not to jump her for a while, and just lgithly flat her. But I am a little nervous in the sense that it might do more harm then good. Im just really cautious with her and dont want to see her get hurt.
Id go get an ultrasound of the leg.
Was she just stocked up?
If my mare has to stand in her stall for more than about 12 hours, she will stock up in her hind legs (they fill with fluid). As soon as she is turned out, the legs go down.
Stocking up is pretty common in stabled horses.
OP - Do your horses have access to horay allysum?
My guess is that she's got a selenium deficiency, or she's stocked up from being kept in a stall with not enough excerise.
Selenium-deficient horses can have several immune and muscular problems due to lack of the nutrient Selenuim. It's most often found in grass and most places horses get their required diet just through grazing, but several places in the northwest does not have the proper soil required and it may have to be supplemented in.
I had this with one of my fillies several years ago (although my farrier was able to recognize the swollen issue of the deep digital tendon and I didn't need my vet out). We supplied her with a selenium block (and do so now, every year for all my horses). You can guy them at any store or feedblock.
If she is just stocking up (it's hard to say without knowing if she is a stall baby), she only needs exercise on a low carb diet.
She could have tripped in a hole, or be suffering from founder. Though I would hope that your farrier would be able to recognize those signs.
My suggestion would be to get a second farrier's opinion, or have a vet come out.
Best of luck with her.
They can overdose on selenium so test your soil or their blood before allowing a free choice block.
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