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post #1 of 9 Old 12-23-2013, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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Swollen leg from straining

I was working with my 4 year old mare the other day and I think she pulled a muscle in her front left leg. She leg itself is fine she can flex it and walk on it as much as the swelling will allow. She is showing not pain at all when she walks. She even try's to run with the swelling. The swelling is coming from her shoulder down to just past her knee. They swelling has persisted for about 4 days and I was wondering what I can do to help withy the swelling. I wasn't sure if I could ice or hose her leg due to the fact that where I live it has been in the lower 30's. Thanks for any advice
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post #2 of 9 Old 12-23-2013, 08:50 PM
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She even try's to run with the swelling.
Does the "try" mean that she's lame when running?

If it is a soft tissue injury (e.g. muscle/tendon sprain, pull, etc), the best thing is REST, i.e. NO WORK and limit her movement by putting her (by herself) in a pen or corral; stall her if you don't have a pen/corral available.
If it's in the lower 30s during the day, I wouldn't bother with cold hosing.
Be prepared to be patient. If it is a shoulder, they take a long time to heal and working too soon will just re-injure it.
As always, any doubts, talk to your vet.

BTW, any chance she was kicked? A common cause of swelling also.
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Sounds like its time for a vet visit.
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She wasn't kicked. She is in a corral by herself(all my horses are) she did get the injury while we worked in a round pen. She isn't limping when she runs. It's just the swelling that's stopping her from being active. She doesn't head bob when she walks, and doesn't mind at all when I lift her leg and flex it. (Only slightly not pushing the swelling)
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If there is swelling and she is not limping I would be concerned. A sprain HURTS. I sprained my knee and was unable to walk for a week, my BF sprained his calf ad was in pain and limping for 2 weeks. Considering she is not showing signs of pain I think it may be something else. I'm normally the last person to say get a vet out, but you may want to.
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post #6 of 9 Old 12-24-2013, 07:46 AM
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Vet all the way. I am more concerned when a horse isn't limping, but has swelling than if they are hobbling along. If they're hobbling it at least means it hurts.
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^^^ I agree. Swelling without pain (no limp/lame) would concern me, too.

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Good news I went out to feed this morning and my mares swelling in her leg has finally started to go down. Phew!
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One time I got a call from my barn saying that my horse was lame. I went out and his leg was swollen from shoulder to hoof with no explanation. I hosed and stayed with him all day long, talk about a stressed mama. Next day it was almost as though it had never even happened- not a luck of swelling or lameness! To this day no explanation.

Id still take it very slow with the exercise on her just to stay on the safe side.

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