When I came to ride last night he had several bulgy-swollen areas on the front, sides and back of his cannon bone, randomly placed. He was not bothered by them, not lame, nor were they tender to the touch. I walked him for about 30 min, then cold hosed. The swelling was reduced quite a bit by the time I left.
It was very hot yesterday--90 degrees. Could this be his galloping boots? Has anyone experienced funky swelling like this from them, esp on a hot day?
An edema would produce that - collection of fluid or water in the legs - happens to me in hot weather.
There could be alot of reasons why that happened - could be metabolic, could be an alergic reaction to a bite or sting; could be fluid from a hard workout/puffiness. If it went down with cold hosing, its water, and you should find out why but that's up to the vet.
Also, if a leg is swollen like that and a boot is put on, or a wrap, you'll see dents where the pressure was...
Airborne? Oh. Yes, he can take a joke. Once. After that, the joke's on you.