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appylover31803 02-10-2008 05:14 PM

Swollen legs! No idea what to think!!
Hi everyone!

I'm a nervous wreck! I went to go see my horse today and her back fetlock areas were swollen to about 2-3 times the side and her right front fetlock area was swollen a little bit. Since i've been working full time, i haven't been able to get out there everyday like i used to.

I didn't ask anyone at the barn how long it was like that, because they are the type of people that would just shrug it off, and say it is ok, and not to worry about it.

It wasn't hot to the touch, and she didn't seem to want to move. She never moved her back left while i was there, and would only move her other legs about 6 in. I didn't want to make her move if she was in a lot of pain.

I'm so afraid her legs being swollen is going to affect her soundness, and we wont be able to do what we wanted.

Last late winter/early spring, she had mud fever but only on her left hind. After that, she would have some swelling, but the people there said she was just "stocking up" because she wasn't that active.

I'm just at a lost. Anyone that might have some idea what this could be, please reply.

I'm so worried about my little girl :(

ShaniNev87 02-10-2008 06:51 PM

We went through a few weeks of heavy rain and flooding at my house a while back and both our horses got swollen, which hadnt happened before. We got the vet out and he said it was basically from not moving...because it was so wet. He gave them some pain killers and such and we were told to just walk them and get their blood flow going. So maybe it could have something to do with her not getting enough movement?
There could be numerous other reasons though I hope this helps! :D

appylover31803 02-10-2008 07:58 PM

Thanks ShaniNev87

It has been raining/snowing here, so i'm sure she's been kept inside. Even when she's outside, she doesn't move much because their paddocks are soo muddy where their hooves and a good part of their lower legs disappear.

I'm going to go back tomorrow, or tuesday to see how it is.

AKPaintLover 02-10-2008 08:07 PM

That was one of my thoughts....that maybe she is stocking up from just standing more than usual. Our horses also often get "wind puffs" in that area after a hard workout, which is basically fluid in that area..doesn't hurt them or affect their performance.

I would suggest getting back out there and walking her around a bit. Observe is she is walking tenderly or not. It might help her out to be walked. Possibly even giving her some "bute" to help with inflammation. Maybe you can call the vet and ask what would be the best course of action. I would definitely go check her before tuesday. If it is close enough, I would go back today, walk her a little bit. You could even bring out some bags of frozen veggies and polo wrap them on there for about 20 minutes to see if that helps the swelling or relieves some of the tenderness.

Keep us informed. Hopefully she will be fine.

appylover31803 02-10-2008 08:13 PM

I would love to back there tonight, but its snowing, and its 8pm.. everything up there would be shut down. I don't have polo wraps (been meaning to get them) but i do have 18 rolls of vet wrap. I'll go there tomorrow and walk her around and observe her.

Unfortunately, i am not allowed to bring another vet there, and i don't have the vet's number that goes there. I will ask for them to put bute in her food until she gets better.

My boyfriend was thinking that on last Saturday, i let her run around an arena for maybe 10-15 min, and that she is just sore now from running around, and then having to stand. I was thinking about that, but i would have atleast thought i would have gotten a phone call, or someone at the stable could have told me about her legs.

I will definately keep everyone updated, maybe take some pictures.

AKPaintLover 02-10-2008 08:55 PM


Originally Posted by appylover31803
I was thinking about that, but i would have atleast thought i would have gotten a phone call, or someone at the stable could have told me about her legs.

I would hope so, but I think that kind of oversight is more common than not. No one cares for your horse more than you. For them, it is just a business.

Vet wrap or anything that would hold a cold pack on would work fine....I just hate wasting vet wrap when polos are re-usable. Walking her might do just as much good as icing. By the time you go up tomorrow, it might be a lot better anyway. I would think that a small dose of bute in her food wouldn't hurt.

Although, how does bute factor in with the HYPP? You don't want to accidentally trigger anything.

appylover31803 02-10-2008 09:02 PM

she's had bute before, before i knew she had hypp, and it didn't seem to affect her. Thats a good question tho


I would hope so, but I think that kind of oversight is more common than not. No one cares for your horse more than you. For them, it is just a business.
You're definitely right. I would just think they'd want people to stay there. I would move Vega in a heart beat, but my boyfriend doesn't want to move his horse.. grrr!

I'll see how she is tomorrow. I'll walk her and if it doesn't work, a trip to the tack shop and shoprite will happen.

Thank you so much, you've relieved so much stress :D

FGRanch 02-10-2008 09:48 PM

It sounds like she is just stocked up. She is hypp positive?

appylover31803 02-11-2008 10:07 AM

she's hypp n/h

She's been stocked up before, but this time just seemed different. She would only stock up in her rear left leg, but now her rear leg, rear right and front right are swollen.

I'm going back to see how she is a little later in the day (probably around 12) And i'll have a better idea how she is.

appylover31803 02-11-2008 01:56 PM

I went back and the swelling in her front leg went down, but her backs are still a little puffy. I did walk her a bit, but it was really icy and she thought it would be fun to prance and buck (i guess she's not in any sort of major pain). Her legs were cold from being oustide, and so where my hands, so i couldn't really feel if they were hot or not.

Unfortunately, none of the owners were there, so i couldn't ask for the vet to come out. Vega and Gem need their check-up for the insurance company, so why not have a vet come out to look at her legs and do the check-up.

So i'm hoping she was just stocked up, and then not really moving much caused it not to go down all the way in her rear legs.

Thank you so much for all of your input! :D

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