Just wondering if anyone has heard of a similar injury and the prognosis. This horse is getting excellent care, on its way to the first vet appointment the owner could get.
Tall lanky mature gelding. Came in from the pasture with a limp on the left hind. No swelling or punctures . Very poor footing due to the crazy weather. Slippery mud/ice/water.
Next day slight swelling to the lower leg. No evidence of pain to the touch for lower leg and joints. Swelling in groin area.extreme reluctance to flex upper leg. Hock feels clean and no swelling. Figured it was a muscle strain from tricky footing. Ordered rest in a small corral. Pain killers. Looked at by an equine injury therapist who was out. Suggested 4 weeks of rest and keep an eye on it.
Next day swelling in the whole leg. Very reluctant to bear weight at all. Vet appointment booked.
Today bearing some weight.
what day is the vet coming? The sooner the better.
This could be anything, including cellulitis
. Have the owner ask the vet about it.
It is entirely possible the horse had an open wound somewhere, under all that winter hair, it got infected and the result is cellulitis.
The horse could have even sliced something open on jagged ice, it went unnoticed and infection sat in.
It could be a combination of a muscle injury and something else.
In the meantime, keep the horse isolated and if your weather permits, cold hose the leg 2Xday. If it's too cold for that, since it isn't likely anyone has ice leggings, there is nothing to do but keep the horse isolated, give it some Bute, put some MSM in the feedpan and wait for the vet.
I would not ask the horse to do any type of forced exercising until the vet looks at it. Let the horse move on its own.
My last thought is ugly and I hope way off the mark but, I hope it didn't fall and fracture something ----- don't say that to the owner