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It was raining and really cold the other day so for the first time this year I decided to leave the horses in their stalls for the day. They get fed three times a day, and when I was there in the morning. All was well. As was it at 4...... However when I went down around 7 I noticed that Suzie was limping slightly. She reacently chipped a foot, and the farrier and I decided to just leave it alone as it wasn't causing any issues. Thinking this was the problem I'm not worried and go into the stall with a hoof pick with thoughts of calling the farrier when I get home. Well, surprise... Its the opposite (right front) leg instead of the left hoof. =/ Shes stepping fully on it, and barely limps at all. And its swelled from ankle to knee(squishy, not hard swollen.) So, I apply a lot of Liniment, and check on her through the night. This morning the swelling is down, but still there. Because shes not showing any signs of major pain, and theres very little added heat to the leg. I decided after talking to my vet to kinda wait and see. Treat it like a sprain and watch closely to see if it gets worse. So lots of cold hosing, liniment and wrapping on and off. Followed with bute for two or three days. Stall rest with hand walking. I'll get some pics in a few just because I would like everyones opinion.
 

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I'd bet this is just "stocking up" from being in the stall. Its caused by lack of movement.

I would not give but, and i certainly wouldn't continue to stall her as that will make matters worse. The best thing to do is to turn her out and let her move around to reabsorb the fluid.

turn her out and iI bet she'll be fine within a few hours...
 
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While I agree that my first thought was stocking up, it isn't usually just on one leg. But again, just swelling, no heat or pain and very limited movement is often just stocking up. But the fact that there was pain, however slight (are you sure she's not just stiff?) and it's just one leg is weird.. It might be swollen slightly anyways and then worse because of being stalled.

I agree I would put her out, but I would check on her regularly and if she is more lame or more swollen I would bring her in.
 

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The is deff slight pain, and its in the ankle. While I did at first think of the stocking up itself, I've never had a horse that shows pain from it. Is it common that they do? I'll put her out in the ponies small field tomarow to see if this makes any change happen.
 

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Stocking up can certainly be painful. I have patients at my work that have edema in their legs and it is extremely painful to them.

I have mare with arthritis that will only stock up in that leg. (Due to prior injury) And yes, it does hurt her. Whether it's the cold weather/arthritis flaring up, or the fluid in the leg...
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I've never had a horse (unless it had a previous injury, as mentioned) have pain from stocking up. Shrug. I would still *try* turning her out, just to see. I wouldn't leave her out though.
 

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I've put her out today, and I'll leave her out briefly. She seemed stiff instead of in pain this morning, instead of limping she just kinda of moved "achey" . For my own peace of mind I did put an SMB boot on to protect any injury that may be there. I asked the vet about turning her out first and he saw no harm in trying but still is thinking its a bad sprain. I did give her bute the night before, and then twice yesturday. Trying to ease a bit of her pain and get her swelling down slightly. Cold hoseing had no effect that I noticed, though she did stand well for it. Liniment and wrapping seemed to ease the pain a bit, as she relaxed a bit after having it applied
 

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Well.. Brought Suzie back in.... and while theres now no heat at all in the leg. Shes limping a lot worse =/ And the swelling is no longer as soft. Back in the stall with food and water. She now also holds the leg up to toe touching while standing
 

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Update! Another call to the vet and we've decided to do as follows

walk four times a day for 20min
hose three times a day for 15
wrap it twice, in an SMB sport/medicine boot.

Repeat until saturday
 

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Why SMB boot instead of standing wraps? Not sure what you mean by wrapping it twice? Boots do not wrap it, also you will need to take it off to cold hose.

It's good the swelling went down, I thought that would help. Now you know what you are actually dealing with aside from all the stocking up.

I would be careful giving her T/O while on bute, she may overdo herself (maybe already did). Did the vet say to continue bute?

Keep us updated. Oddly enough a horse at my job is going through the exact same thing right now. We think she slipped on the ice and pulled something.
 

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Sounds like you have a good plan worked out with the vet. Always go with your vet and your gut!! If the horse is sore - leave it on stall rest. I hope she has not done any great damage :(

I would work her walks up to 20 mins. JMO to be cautious I would leave her stalled completely for a few days, then do a few 2 minute walks, then 4-5 mins, then 7-8 etc.. until her tissue is a little more worked up to the exercise and if she is at all sore or uncomfortable - put her back immediately. Let her pain be your guide. If she is limping, don't walk her. She will likely walk enough in the stall for the first week or two. Good luck!
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She doesn't limp =/ Which is what is so confusing. Every now in then. And the stall or on a walk. She will limp one maybe two times. And this is back to walking normal. And due to her being used to being kept outdoors I'm afraid if I cut her walks back any we will start having issues
 

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Suzie's leg looked horrible this morning when I went in to feed. Before she gets her grain I cold hose her leg for 15min. Then give her the feed with bute hidden within. It looked a bit better after this. And then look MUCH better after her 20min walk session. She seems to be feeling better mood wise as well. Though irritated with me because she can't go out with her friends. I'm thinking about reducing the amount of feed she gets if this goes on much longer, she actually nipped me today for stopping her from jogging. She has never threatened to do so once in her life =/ Not wanting to smack her because I don't want her to jump around. I screamed at her and jumped towards her making her go back.... Hopefully the lesson will stick
 

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Welcome to a horse on stall rest. I would cut her feed unless she needs the weight, make sure she has free choice hay if she's locked in.

While there's obviously something going on it sounds like a lot of the swelling is just from stocking up, so I wouldn't stress too much about that part. It's just a waiting game for now unless something changes.
 

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Well.... Suzie's leg was almost compleatly back to normal. Day before yesterday I picked up her foot to clean it out. And hello Mr. Screw sticking out of the back oh her foot. Got the vet out, screw removed. And hole had to be cut to allow drainage. Wrapping and cleaning for a long while it looks like. Just now able to be free, and back in the stall. Also... No idea where the screw is from. Fence, barn, stalls.... Everything is wood and NAILS. No screws
 

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Wow, sorry to hear that. If it's not one thing it's another. Poor girl. Hopefully this heals quickly and uneventfully. It could be from anywhere, shrug, stuff happens.
 
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