Fetlock Sores With Pics

Discussion in 'Horse Health' started by StarfireArizona, Aug 20, 2009.

  1. StarfireArizona

    StarfireArizona Senior Member+

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    Here are a couple pics of his fetlocks showing both the calcification growth & the sores...... Right leg:

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    Here are a $60 pair of boots after only 2 nights use.....just what I expected to happen with my colt around. I tried these to keep the sores clean overnight. Luckily they were an older pair...but they still had a lot of years good use left :mad:

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    My farrier is getting on me about my big gelding's fetlock sores. This horse had them when I got him, and in 3.5 years they have come close to healing several times & then he breaks them open again. We have very hard ground here, and I can't help where he decides to lay down.....although we try to drag the dirt & let the poop dust pile up so there is a cushion. I tried wrapping them with vet wrap, and all that happens is they get p.u.s.s.y & smell awful. I wish I had a nice grassy pasture, but I don't :( My mare has had the same hock sores since she came....again, many times coming close to healing & then again they open & scab.

    On his right leg, right to the side of this sore, he has an old calcified injury that projects out....again he came with this, and I am assuming this may be the reason he was retired from racing at 4. My farrier insists this calcification has gotten larger over the past few months, but I sincerely know it really hasn't for I have been watching it since day one. He tells me he will eventually go lame if that grows large enough....and I really don't doubt what he is telling me.

    My question is, what type of sport boot can I put on him at night to help protect his legs. I see many types. I have an expensive pair that I use for training, but since these are going to take a beating, I was wondering if I could use something a little less pricey for this application. I see "Tendon Boots" & "Skid Boots"....but I don't know if they will provide the coverage we need.

    Any suggestion would be appreciated......
     
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  2. lbhugg

    lbhugg Senior Member

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    Why don't you just try polo wraps. Tape the velcro area so they don't come off also if he has open sores I would put a maxi pad under so the wrap won't stick to it plus you can put a dressing on it.
     
  3. StarfireArizona

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    Every attempt to dress them, even with a non-stick bandage pad, has resulted in extremely stinky p.u.s.s. If I then leave them alone they dry out & almost heal.....until a while later when he breaks them open again. This has gone on as I said for 3.5 years :rolleyez: Whatever I do needs to be a permanent practice that may go on his whole life.

    With it still being over 100 degrees do you think polos might be too warm ? I can try a maxi pad, maybe with vet wrap if the polos don't work out. I know there is an art to putting them on....and the one time I tried it one wrap ended up in shreds in the arena while the other hung around his foot until I pulled it off :p


     
  4. divinecomedy

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    do you have pictures?
     
  5. crayon

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    I would try a maxi pad with loads of vet wrap until it heals... Then try buying some bedsore boots for him. (Are the sores on the part of the fetlock that those cover?) But make sure you clean his sores thoroughly before wrapping and you shouldn't have much puss. And just change them regularly and hopefully they'll be okay. :eek:

    I know how you feel about the sores though. From what I know about Crayon's history, before I got her she got sore on one leg just above the hock and it never went away until a bit before I bought her. the scar grew hair in this year. I'm hoping she's grown out of that problem, but now she gets the hair rubbed off of her hock on the other leg. It hasn't turned into anything open yet, but who knows. :(
     
  6. PiccoloPasha

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    Plus, you may want to try putting mats in your gelding's pen. One of the mares at my barn gets swollen hocks from rolling in her pen, where the floor is all hard compacted dirt and we plan on trying that. We put shavings in there recently and that seemed to help, although that can start getting pricey, as the wind blows all the shavings away. :rolleyes:

    Just a suggestion?
     
  7. lbhugg

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    I don't see the heat being a problem if you are putting on at night. You can do the vet wrap over the maxi but be careful to not let it get wet. Most vet wrap gets tighter when wet. Of course your best option is to get the sores to heal then every night religiously wrap them for preventative maintenance. Is she out to pasture 24/7 or is she able to be stalled at all?
     
  8. StarfireArizona

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    I will get them tonight.....and they will show that calcification also. That has me extremely concerned. My farrier had me almost in tears (after he left) when he convinced me this horse will end up lame due to this. This big boy has enough strikes against him, and I want to do all I can to prevent any more growth
     
  9. StarfireArizona

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    Unfortunately they are turned out into an arena, so there is no way I can control where they decide to lay down. I know they tend to use the areas most packed with poop dust for that is where I see their body imprints.

    Let me describe this boy's issues.... This horse at one point could NOT lay down. We would see him spread his legs & TRY to drop down.....but instead he would stand there with his legs shaking hard & eventually give up. It's as if he didn't know that he needed to fold his front legs & gently drop down. This happened so many times I can't count. When most horses get wet they want to roll....but since he could not get down, he would resort to slamming into the rail fencing & rubbing his whole body along a length of it. So many times we have had to bend this fence back into place because of his antics. Once in a while with great effort he did get down, but more often than not he would end up giving up. So somehow this must result in him scraping his fetlocks in either getting down or up if he isn't approaching it right. None of my other 3 have these sores.

    The other night his feet got wet while we were filling the water bucket, and he slammed sideways into the fence & used it to slide down to the ground right on top of the cement blocks the water bucket normally sits on (had to move it due to huge ant nest that invaded that water constantly).....and I know he hurt himself. But this is how he so often reaches the ground...by using the fence as support :(
     
  10. StarfireArizona

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    Right now they are stalled during the day for the summer until the temps drop below 100....which HOPEFULLY will be next month. He never lays down in the stall during the day, so I am not too concerned. I am assuming, although we have never seen him, that IF he can get down it is during the night. We are still in the 80's at night, so all I can think of is him being so miserable that he ends up ripping them off. And of course I have to consider my 2 year old colt may just try grabbing them too.....he is such a twit
     






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