Swollen fetlock with heat and slight lameness. Please help on what to do?

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  1. redhotchilipepr

    redhotchilipepr Senior Member

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    Hey everyone!

    So my husband and I went riding yesterday (nothing strenuous) and when we came back my one horse decided to start acting up. So I did a quick lunging session and next thing I know he is limping. I stopped him right away and took a look at it. His right hind fetlock joint was starting to swell and was warm to the touch. I brought him back over to were we tie them up to get better look at it and he was limping all the way there. The back of the fetlock and a 1/3 of the way up the back leg was hot to the touch and swollen. I wrapped it up in a polo wrap and put him in our dry lot. I went to check on him this morning and he is flexing it more and it is not as hot. But it was still warm and swollen around the fetlock but not as far up the leg as last night. Still lame on it but not as severe as last night. I am not sure what to do, I have never had a horse do this. Any advice would be great and please ask any other questions.

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    Jessica
     






  2. Manahmanah

    Manahmanah Senior Member+

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    OK, first off polos are not a suitable bandage for reducing swelling and certainly not to leave on overnight.

    Cold hose him 3x a day, for 15 minutes each time. I dont think i would bute it - if you mask the pain he might feel good enough to start tearing around and injure it more.
     
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    redhotchilipepr Senior Member

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    I didn't know that about polos, thank you for letting me know. What would you suggest using to wrap it? Should I be wrapping it?

    I will start hosing it down today. I was thinking about doing that last night but I wasn't too sure on it. Do you have any idea what he could have done? I was thinking that he pulled or hyper extend something, but I was not sure.
     
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    It's hard to say what he could have done really. Could have stepped on a log funny when you were out, could have tweaked it lunging. The fact that it's seeming like it's better already is good though. A suitable wrap for reducing swelling would be a standing wrap + no bows or pillow wraps but unless you have someone who is VERY GOOD at applying them show you how to do so it is better to not use them because you really can do more harm than good. Hopefully he will continue to improve, if he isn't back to normal in a week i would have the vet out.
     
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    redhotchilipepr Senior Member

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    I personally do not know how to do those good enough yet so I won't even try. Would you recommend not putting anything on the leg at all then? I would only be able to put on polo wraps in between hosing it down. Just curious is I should leave it unwrapped or not.
     
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    yes, polos not good for this situation. No-bows and standing wraps would be what you would use in this situation, IF you knew how to wrap.

    if it was my horse, i would be using the show ready machine i bought (you can cold hose), doing a sweat with DMSO/Furacin with no bows and standing wraps and i would give some bute.
     
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    redhotchilipepr Senior Member

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    That do you mean by this?
     
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    DMSO mixed with furacin ( half and half) is spread on the leg, covered with Saran wrap and wrapped with no bows and standing wraps.

    here is some information since you haven't heard of sweating a leg

    http://www.aaep.org/health_articles_view.php?id=90
     
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    redhotchilipepr Senior Member

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    Thank you LopinSlow! I will read up some more on it. I don't feel confident enough to do this to him because I am inexperienced. The last thing I would want to do it make it worse then what it is. Would you recommend just leaving it unwrapped then and hosing it off 3x a day?
     
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    if you do not have no bows and standing wraps, i would leave uncovered, cold hose and keep him confined in a stall or small area. if he's not better in a day or so, i would call your vet.
     






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