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post #1 of 11 Old 08-06-2020, 11:21 AM Thread Starter
 
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Help! Legs swell in area of fetlock

Gelding 7 years old, was bought this year. We checked with a vet and took x-rays of his legs, (attached here) before buying him. Recently legs swells appeared on all 4 legs in fetlock area. We invited another vet, he said to change the posture with orthopedic horseshoes. And we did so. Next day after wearing a horseshoes the horse started to slightly limp on both back legs and right front leg
We checked the horse walk for a about a week and decided to take off the horseshoes. After this the horse was walking normaly. But legs swell remains the same. It's not warm and it's soft. The horse doesn't show signs of pain or discomfort.

Do anyone had the same problem or something similar to this? How to get rid of this swell and what should we probably do as next steps?
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Does this horse get any turnout time?
Does that help reduce the swelling?
Does this swelling and retention of fluid as it appears reduce when ridden or is it always the same 24/7?
My first thought was stocking up and wind-puffs as soft and no heat...

New farrier?
Other than those ortho shoes what did the horse wear?
What angles were changed and why on the horse if they were?

If this was a human I would be pulling blood and checking for function of organs..
Leg/extremity swelling is a telltale sign of heart and kidney issues...not sure that would also follow in a horse, but you can bet a full blood panel and chemistry would be being done for some hidden health answers or all-clear given.

Going to follow this one as very intriguing...
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I don't know that I have ever seen such short pasterns and straight (posty) legs. I wonder if angles were changed too abruptly and there is soft tissue injury.
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Wind puffs?
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I agree with others, looks like wind puffs and stocking up.

Did you buy the horse with the windpuffs or this was brought on after purchase? What is the horses work load and living situation like.

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I can't see the images, but it sounds like windpuffs to me too. The horse I lease has them. The eight-year-old I used to own had them. Once horses acquire them, they come and go to an extent but never really seem to go away. It means their legs were under strain that caused them, at some point, but it doesn't necessarily mean there's anything wrong right now if that's what they actually are.

Both the horses I mentioned have been very hard workers -- but also completely sound for their whole careers despite the windpuffs.
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I agree. Looks like windpuff AND stocking up, at least on the right rear.
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Gelding 7 years old, was bought this year. We checked with a vet and took x-rays of his legs, (attached here) before buying him.


Recently legs swells appeared on all 4 legs in fetlock area. We invited another vet, he said to change the posture with orthopedic horseshoes. And we did so.

Next day after wearing a horseshoes the horse started to slightly limp on both back legs and right front leg
We checked the horse walk for a about a week and decided to take off the horseshoes. After this the horse was walking normaly. But legs swell remains the same. It's not warm and it's soft. The horse doesn't show signs of pain or discomfort.

Do anyone had the same problem or something similar to this? How to get rid of this swell and what should we probably do as next steps?
Screenshots of the x rays and legs swell
My questions are:

1. What was the reason for “checking with a vet and x-raying the legs”. Was this part of a PPE and if so what prompted it.

2. Why was the horse in “orthotic shoes” and precisely what were those shoes (brand name, style, shoe material).

2.1. FWIW, I’m not fond of how those back hooves look. You may need another farrier who knows their job a little better:)

3. What was this horse’s career previously - it could
all be connected.

4. If you aren’t cold hosing those legs, you should be.

The horse should not be worked.

He could also benefit from some pasture time, provided there aren’t horses in with him that would chase or fight him
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