cross post from off course:to work or not to work?
So, my little Squeaky Tiki man has some swelling on the right hock. There is a little bit of heat there, and a small scabby boo boo that does not appear to be a puncture. He's been in for the last 2 days due to bad weather. I took him up to the ring and walked him for about 10 minutes; not lame. Trotted both directions for about 10 minutes; not lame. Does this seem like something I should lightly work to encourage the swelling to go down? I cold hosed for 20 minutes and painted with DMSO/Cortisone afterwards. Swelling is limited to around the inside of the hock joint, and does not radiate down the leg. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v7.../4-28-11-1.jpg
It's the right hind, right around the inside of the hock joint. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v7.../4-28-11-2.jpg
Hopefully not serious. Like I said, he's sound on it. So, good idea to work lightly until swelling goes away, or leave alone?