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Wild1
Reg. Oct 2008
Posted 2019-01-11 8:25 PM (#7418787)
Subject: swollen leg, what therapy to use?


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We are at a horrible time of year with pastures, frozen ground with no snow, and ice patches :( I'll try to make this story short :) About 5 weeks ago we had a gelding take a fall on some ice, I saw him fall on his side, and he scrambled to get up which was horrific to watch the legs going in every direction I swear. Well for about 4 days he was "off" on his hind right. I did give him bute in those days. But he seemed to be getting around fine after that so I left it alone. But my mind kept telling me get him checked out. So I had our reputable vet out, she watched him on a lunge line and also did an overall exam but did not see him lame anywhere. I was prepared for an ultrasound to be certain that hind leg wasn't injured. Vet said she saw no need to waste my $ he wasn't lame.
Well, just yesterday morning I let everyone out of their stalls and his hind right is swollen from the fetlock area and a little up. I left it alone until tonight. My question is what should I do for wrapping? I did put a BOT wrap on both hinds tonight until morning. I don't own any PHT or magnetic therapies. Should I just do a standing wrap? I'm not smart on the proper way to wrap those either since I never do. I'm not riding and I don't want to panic and call the vet out yet, was going to give it a few days. Could he have slipped on ice and pulled a tendon or suspensory? No heat that I could feel but his legs are fuzzy. I live out in the boonies, no neighbors to help me either. Anyone's thoughts?
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streakysox
Reg. Jul 2008
Posted 2019-01-11 11:11 PM (#7418795 - in reply to #7418787)
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I have very good results with BOT and Draw It Out. The instructions for the BOT say leave them on 4 hours the first time or two. Mine are the Quick Wraps
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dRowe
Reg. Jan 2017
Posted 2019-01-12 7:04 AM (#7418800 - in reply to #7418787)
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When my horse injured his tendon and was swollen, I was doing bute and standing wraps, per vet.
I think if I were in your shoes, I’d call another vet for a second opinion.
I HOPE everything is just fine!!!!!
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Wild1
Reg. Oct 2008
Posted 2019-01-12 9:34 AM (#7418806 - in reply to #7418787)
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Thanks, I was just going to give it a few days to see if swelling went down before hauling back in to the vet. If it was a pulled tendon or suspensory would he be ouchy or lame visibly besides swollen?
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dRowe
Reg. Jan 2017
Posted 2019-01-12 9:44 AM (#7418807 - in reply to #7418787)
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I’m not sure because my guy was diagnosed the first day of swelling. I didn’t know you had to haul to the vet - I wouldn’t want to dobthat either!!!!

If I recall, it was like a week of bute, standing wraps for maybe 10 days and full stall rest for a month with 30 mins of hand walking...then limited small turnout by himself for a month or longer.
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OhMax
Reg. Feb 2013
Posted 2019-01-12 1:34 PM (#7418813 - in reply to #7418787)
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I think I would be wanting a second opinion and more thorough diagnosis to check for tears.

It took us 2 weeks to get our colt into the vet after he came up lame (also suspect crappy ground) due to holidays and traveling. We did some bute and some wrapping in the meantime, which did help the worst swelling. He still had some localized swelling and soreness the day we went in and he was diagnosed with tearing in his SDFT. It was important for us to have a proper diagnosis so we could give the proper amount of time off and have him healed before returning to work.

It may not be the same injury either since it’s been 5 weeks. Or he may have strained it the first time and had a weak spot that was reinjuried.
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WYOTurn-n-Burn
Reg. Sep 2004
Posted 2019-01-12 2:38 PM (#7418815 - in reply to #7418787)
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Wild1
Reg. Oct 2008
Posted 2019-01-13 8:27 PM (#7418864 - in reply to #7418787)
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Well, after 2 days of BOT wraps the swelling is significantly gone down, but there's still swelling around that fetleck a bit yet. I didn't want to call a vet out over the weekend and get socked emergency fee, I don't know how many more days I should wait to see if it goes back to normal before I schedule an appointment
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workerbee
Reg. Apr 2007
Posted 2019-01-14 10:08 AM (#7418893 - in reply to #7418787)
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horsegirl
Reg. Feb 2004
Posted 2019-01-14 10:21 AM (#7418895 - in reply to #7418787)
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This is different, but my horse had some sort of impact wound on his fetlock this summer. Looks like it was a kick on the outside side. Vet told me to give bute, cold hose, and no work until swelling was gone, but to keep on 24/7 turnout. I also used poultice daily. It took probably 1 week for most of the swelling to leave, and a couple more days for it to be completely gone. I was worried of a bone chip, but vet said to bring him back into riding slowly and if there's a chip, it will swell again. We didn't have any issues. Your situation would be obviously different with you being in a snowy climate.

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WYOTurn-n-Burn
Reg. Sep 2004
Posted 2019-01-14 10:46 AM (#7418899 - in reply to #7418864)
Subject: RE: swollen leg, what therapy to use?



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Wild1 - 2019-01-13 8:27 PM

Well, after 2 days of BOT wraps the swelling is significantly gone down, but there's still swelling around that fetleck a bit yet. I didn't want to call a vet out over the weekend and get socked emergency fee, I don't know how many more days I should wait to see if it goes back to normal before I schedule an appointment

Is he lame on it or tender to the touch? Do you have anyone near you with a PEMF machine?
This same thing happened to me right before NWBRA finals. Night before we are supposed to leave and he comes in from the pasture with his fetlock and up the cannon bone all swelled up, but not lame (never did take a lame step). I cold hosed, gave banamine, stalled him overnight, and was able to bring the swelling down significantly, but still not back to normal. Threw him in the trailer the next day and headed for Gillette, where my friend was waiting with his PEMF. After three rounds of PEMF he was completely back to normal.
At the very least, if you don't have access to a PEMF, I'd stall him and BOT him til it goes down. Without PEMF I've had swellings last about a week or so before they went down to normal. If it's still swollen or he's lame I'd not mess around...call your vet.

EDITED: If you'd like to see photos or the before and after pm me

Edited by WYOTurn-n-Burn 2019-01-14 10:47 AM
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kscanchsnglaziergal
Reg. Dec 2006
Posted 2019-01-14 10:46 AM (#7418900 - in reply to #7418787)
Subject: RE: swollen leg, what therapy to use?



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I recently had a similar situation - however I never saw my mare fall or anything else I believe she rolled her fetlock on the crappy muddy ground that froze and was hard to walk on -

long story short, I noticed her standing more often with that leg in front not square with the other, no heat no swelling - other than the tendon sheath was little puffy.... I did PEMF, ice sweat, all kinds of things but I also made a vet appt -they couldn't get me in until the following week. I got a little heat and swelling on day 4 on the inside below the fetlock. By the day of my appt no puffiness, no heat, no swelling but still standing with it more forward than the other - went to the vet graded her a 1 out of a 5, I requested the ultra sound - they thought I was nuts. Turns out she had a 13% tear in her ODSL - fortunately I caught it most likely when or shortly after it had happened. We did PRP and I am pairing with PEMF, 4 months off. I am so sad as we just started back in the fall and she was working pretty dang nice and this if the first time I have continued to ride/ haul through winter but I am glad I listened to my gut. If I were you I would get the ultra sound just to be sure.
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