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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr. 3, 2003
    Up the creek from bar.ka

    Default windpuff / windgal in jumper

    Horse has 4 puffy ankles in general. After a harder than normal workout, then out for the night, it came in with larger than normal windpuffs in all 4 legs.

    Iced, buted, surpassed, wrapped. Repeat.

    Horse never took a lame step and never palpated sore, nor did it flex sore.

    2 weeks later horse still has a little bit more than normal puffy in one leg. Still working on the flat but not jumping and completely sound.

    Anyone have a horse do this? I'm thinking about having an ultra sound done just to make sure there isn't a tear, but without heat, soreness, or lameness, am I being overly concerned?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep. 8, 2007


    My rule for windpuffs is: if they are the same or smaller after exercise I don't worry about them. If they are bigger after exercise then it's a problem. I think you might be right to have an ultrasound done. But don't panic, sometimes they can also get bigger during the heat of summer/fly season from stomping. Good luck!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul. 24, 2006
    Seattle, WA


    My Billy horse tends to swell up at the drop of a pin. My rule of thumb is that if he isn't lame I don't do anything about it. Well, that's not true...guess I should say that I don't shoot for any sort of vet diagnostic. I'll typically give a gram of bute and put his Back On Track wraps on and see what it looks like the next morning.

    His hind right blew up a week ago and I gave him bute and kept an eye on it. When it was the same size a couple of days later I picked up Uniprim from my vet and started him on that. Her comment was that with the horrible wet weather we've been having a swollen leg is nothing to worry about. It's back down to normal now. Because he's the prone-to-blowing-up type I don't worry about him when things like that happen. Same goes for my mare. Though with her I usually only give her 24 hours to be swollen and call the vet at that point (if there wasn't an obvious trigger like vaccinations in her butt the day before).

    I guess my feeling would be that I'd keep an eye on it and as long as it keeps going down I wouldn't worry about it much (as long, of course, as he's sound). With that being said, how much harder was the workout that you put him through? Was it a lot more jumping over bigger jumps or more intense dressage or something as simple as a few larger jumps?

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov. 8, 2006


    Have you checked for minor "scratches" (bacterial scratches) or thrush? Those are 2 reasons my horses windpuffs grow without lameness, positive palpations, or heat.

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