Holy swollen leg, Batman!
Went to the barn last night with plans to teach a lesson after the farrier trimmed the girls feet.
Student's horse reluctantly comes out of the stall, her front left leg is HUGE. We cold hosed, poulticed, wrapped and gave banamine, and left bute for the am. I am calling my diagnostic vet to schedule an appointment today.
However, I wanted to pick your brains. The worst swelling is actually on the inside of the leg, about 3 inches up from the ankle. However, her tendons are VERY sensitive to palpation. There is not a ton of heat - am thinking that perhaps the injury happened right before she was caught and the heat did not have a chance to really emerge?
I am not sure if she got kicked, or whacked herself... the pasture she is in is very quiet, 7 mares, mean age of approximately 15. Quiet crew.
I am disturbed about her sensitivity to palpation, not so much about the swelling, although that is of course a concern. I am not very experienced with anything other than a bowed tendon in a leg, no ligament stuff. Any ideas?
An update - been busy! :)
Well, went up the following day, removed the wraps and poultice, and the massive swelling was down. There was a smaller, harder swelling about the size of a golf ball around, but it only stuck out from the leg approximately a half inch.
We cold hosed the leg, took her out to hand walk/graze, and trotted her for 10 yards or so - only a slight tick off.
I called the vet Thursday morning, he said that if there was no severe lameness or swelling, or fever, he would be ok with continuing to watch it. Thursday morning, I removed the wraps/poultice, and the lump was completely gone. I turned her out with her pals, without wraps, and went back Thursday night. Leg was still cool and tight, mare is not lame.
Go figure. I am guessing some sort of bite, since it went down so quickly. I have never seen anything like it!