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  1. #1
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    Default Thoughts on swelling from hock to fetlock only on outside of leg....

    My friend texted me in a panic this morning about one of her geldings. He has swelling along his left rear cannon bone from the hock to his fetlock, only on the outside. The BO/trainer left early Sunday morning for the world show in Oklahoma. I drove out to see the horse and it is slightly tender with puffy pitting edema. He is slightly off but otherwise isn't overly uncomfortable. I know what I would do if he were mine (sweat the leg or poultice, bute, and if no improvement tomorrow, call the vet). The horse is on 24/7 turnout and she lives an hour away. With the BO gone she didn't feel comfortable putting a wrap on while he was turned out (which I agreed with). She did cold hose the leg before I got there and said she did see some improvement. I live just a bit further away than she does, but I did tell her I would meet her back at the farm in the am. She is going to make arrangements for the horse to stay up in a stall tomorrow so I can wrap the leg for her. Any thoughts on what it might be?



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    My first thought is swelling from a small nick or cut on the outside of the leg.

    Sometimes it's so small, it's hard to find, but can cause the inflammatory response you're describing.

    If I didn't feel anything, I might clip the leg to see better, any nicks for puncture wounds, etc.



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    Could be many things....spider bite, puncture wound, scratches, tick bite, reaction to new fly spray, soft tissue injury...etc. Cold hose, bute, and wrap. If no improvement in 1 day, i would call the vet.
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    I would check for cuts or punctures.
    I would clip area/clean and search for one. Definitely bute.

    I wouldnt let it go for too long without calling the vet. I let mine go 2 days (same symptoms) and it turns out it was a TINY (vet couldnt find it by looking/touching) puncture that was infected. By that point, horsey needed surgery. (So yep..now im paranoid!)



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    if in doubt always call an equine vet out to many things it could from a nick to a kick and broken bone etc



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    Any time there is swelling on just one side of a leg, I am concerned. I would have the horse seen if the swelling does not resolve within a couple of days.



  7. #7
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    Thanks for the replies. I was not able to make it back out to wrap the horse so I talked my friend into calling the vet. Turns out it was a very small puncture wound.



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