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I own a 14 year old Trakhener gelding, and he had an injury to his fetlock last year that left him lame for several months. After his time off, hes been used for casual light riding and has been great. He's recently developed a medium sized lump on his fetlock where the injury occurred last year. There is no heat involved, and it is squishy to the touch - not hard at all. It doesn't seem to bother him when I've manipulated the lump. He is sound at the walk but has recently become lame again at the trot and canter. I'm wondering if anyone has ever seen anything like this before? And what to do about it? Figured I'd ask here before getting my vet out.

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Thanks in advance :)
 

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You forgot to circle the lump on the outside of the other pastern.


If they are soft and mushy, it's fluid build up.

Regardless, please get the vet out with his ultrasound machine.

Do not ride the horse as I imagine the trot and canter are making matters worse.

Cold hose the legs 2x/day for twenty minutes maximum. More than 20 minutes is counter-productive.

To reiterate, do NOT ride the horse until the vet does ultrasounds.
 
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The picture is of the same leg... the lump is only on the hind left. And he is not being ridden right now. Thanks!
 

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The picture is of the same leg... the lump is only on the hind left. And he is not being ridden right now. Thanks!
He still needs to see a vet and get an ultrasound.
 

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I'd hose it for a day or two but then I'd call the vet out if nothing changed.
 

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That could be a burst bursa, once it's there, it's there forever. Usually doesn't cause lameness once it's healed and if you can work the horse, it's healed.
 
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^^^
Some bursa do seal themselves off and then the fluid stops collecting like that. Both my horse and a friend's horse had a bursitis that resolved and healed up.
Of course the vet will give the best opinion.
 

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@waresbear that's neat to know. Assuming when it happens it is painful?
 

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I am assuming so farmpony. My friend's horse had it, exact same location as OP's horse, I asked what it was, and she explained. Her mare was totally sound at the time, she was showing her locally, but I remember her mare was off for a while so that's probably when it was healing.
 
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