Over blanketing can make a horse stock up??
One of my barn-mates was on my case because she thought I was over blanketing my guy, a senior partially clipped TB. I had mentioned to her that his RH was stocked up at the pastern and she said it was because he was too hot.
We're at 37-40 degrees at night, daytimes a little higher. His winter blanket got wet inside the neck because he stands out in the rain, so I thought I'd do a 140gm stable blanket and a rainsheet. He'd had a cold about 2 weeks ago and I guess I was worried he'd get a chill. So I removed them both and gave him a fleeced rainsheet and hope he stays warm tonight.
Anyway, I am just curious. I have never heard of this reason for getting stocked up. No heat, just an all round mild swelling.
Thanks for your comments. I'm a sponge.
Your 'know it all' barn mate is wrong. Blanketing has nothing to do with stocking up. Some horses stock up constantly, others never do.
Because he is a senior horse, yours will probably have more of a tendency to stock up but taking him out and letting him walk around will help the situation.
Never heard of that one. But maybe its because he's nice and warm so therefore not moving around as much?
He's your horse and you know his needs more then she does, go with what you think is best. :-)
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By partially clipped, how much? Blanketing interferes with the horse's ability to stay warm and they are very good at staying warm, better than dealing with hot days. The blanket covers and warms the upper half of the horse but what about the lower half? That's like you wearing only half a jacket.
Don't think there is a connection at with blanketing. Bad advice.
Also, blanketing is overrated and overused. Having a clipped senior does lend more toward the need,though.
Is the swelling new or an ongoing issue? Checked with a vet?
I would think the stocked up leg was a result of a minor sprain or kick - even if over-blanketing did cause stocking up you'd see it on all 4 legs not just one
A good deep blanket wraps around the belly - honestly I've had clipped horses turned out in all weather in blankets for years and never seen any signs of one suffering from being colder there so not something worth worrying about IMO
What does your VET say about his stocking up pastern?
Does he have an old injury?
IMO a partially clipped horse, let alone an older horse recovering from a cold is completely not overblanketed with the conditions specified. I would do that as a normal thing. Also think in this situation maybe better a little too warm than a little too cold.
I have indeed seen at least one case of 'stocking up' that I believe was probably due to overrugging. But the poor horses I'm thinking of were so swaddled the problem was not just heat, but they literally couldn't move freely! Unfortunately, it is so common to see over rugged horses & in hot weather I think it could potentially *contribute* to stocking up in some situations, due to making horses too hot & lethargic to move.
But I agree with others, that it doesn't sound at all likely in your case, espec that it's only one leg(sounds like injury/inflammation), that it doesn't sound like you're overrugging either.
Thanks. I believe this was the cause. Vet is coming out on Monday, in the meantime I'm supposed to dose him on antibiotics along with an antibiotic cream. Do you all think this is mud fever? I'm attaching two photos. The first one was Jan. 15, and second, Feb. 1. I am cold hosing and it wants to 'peel off" but I won't touch it til I see the vet. There's no heat, not sensitive to touching, walks without limp, and his temp is normal.
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