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post #1 of 6 Old 03-09-2011, 05:13 PM Thread Starter
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HELP!!! swollen fetlocks

My old horse had swollen fetlocks when I got her, and I did all I could to fix it but nothing changed, It looks like giant windpuffs, but it never goes fatter or smaller, I've had her for a while and nothing has changed. I dont know if she is in pain because she canters, gallops, and trots perfectly. But if anybody knows how to fix it please tell me because i want to get rid of her swollen fetlocks ASAP!
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post #2 of 6 Old 03-09-2011, 05:59 PM
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Originally Posted by melody123 View Post
I dont know if she is in pain because she canters, gallops, and trots perfectly.
If she's doing all that, she's not in pain, and I wouldn't worry about it.

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post #3 of 6 Old 03-09-2011, 06:09 PM
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If your really worried about them, call and make an appointment with your vet. Your vet is the only one who can diagnose what exactly is causing the swelling.

I also agree with what PHM said.
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Is there any heat or fluid filled in them to make them feel a bit...squishy? If not then it just might be the way her bones are, my TB has HUGE joints, when we got him we thought he was stocked up all the time. I've had him for 3 years and he still haas pasterns that always look swollen. I just make sure i ice and wrap him at horse shows and polo wrap him for flat work to keep them from swelling afterwards. This might be the case with your horse, but i cant really tell without a picture since everyone has a different perception of swelling and really, its all relative the the particular horse. If she shows any signs of lameness though, get your vet out to take a look just in case.


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post #6 of 6 Old 03-10-2011, 03:49 PM
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If just in the hinds and swelling is in the fetlock w/ no noticeable lameness and has a broken forward pastern axis (hoof angle is higher than angle of fetlock/pastern) then I would suspect DSLD (Degenerative Suspensory Ligament Desmitis). Pic's would help.

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