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    Default What does this look like?

    What does this look like. Should I have my regular vet look, specialist ultrasound or just cold hose and give it a few days http://fharoahforlife.blogspot.ca/ it is fluid but does not seem to bother him at all so I am thinking wind gulls but what if it is something else. What do you think? He has afterall been very athletic lately and by my nature I am always worried it could be an injury. Let me know if this link works.

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    It links. I can't tell much of what I'm looking at, except in the last image I think I see the area you are mentioning, in which case it looks like a case of the windpuff. Considered a blemish rather than a lameness, they usually appear at the fetlock, above or around the sesamoid bones. They are most likely to occur in horses with long or upright patterns, as it is the result of concussions and usually the horse is young. If it is a windpuff, it should not be hot to the touch and should be soft.

    They don't cause lameness. If you're really worried about it, get the vet out. Otherwise, I would give your horse a few days off and then reassess (windpuffs are the result of a strain/hard work so let him recoup). No use cold hosing or giving inflammatory meds to ease them or make them smaller, as they are permanent blemishes. In fact, they tend to swell larger after work.

    I hate random swellings. I dealt with bog spavin recently (and still am, as it is also permanent haha) so I have done countless researches. Good luck!



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    Keep an eye on it. It looks like it might be a wind puff, but it could also be the start of a tendon issue. I would give him a couple days off to see if it gets better, maybe cold hose some. After that, if you ever see it get bigger or feel heat, I'd have the vet out. Best not to let tendon or ligament problems go. My horse just had surgery to take care of a tendon sheath issue, but it was much more swollen and he was lame. Not trying to scare you...



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    Does look like windpuffs. If it appeared after hard work, that might be an indicator. My first horse would puff up after each time he worked- sometimes just a little, sometimes he'd puff a bit bigger, but never lame or sore, no heat, just a fluidy sort of feeling under the skin.

    My OTTB gets random hematoma from time to time- just a puffed up area with no heat, no sensitivity. I've had the vet out each time, and nothing.

    So keep an eye on it for sure, but there is hope that it's not something horrible!



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    Looks like a windpuff, provided no heat or swelling. While unsightly, it won't interfere with his ability to work. I have found that sometimes applying some liniment or mineral ice before working will lessen the appearance and frequency. Also, I used to wrap a gelding I showed for a while that had them with poultice at the shows and his legs would look much more stream lined the next day.

    It never hurts to have the vet take a look though for some peace of mind. And if it's just one leg, there could be a reason that leg is feeling overworked, and you can address that before you end up with a problem.
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    Is it only the one leg? That is odd to me.

    I do agree and think wind puffs too...but usually they are on both front or both back legs.



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    Looks like wind puffs. Is it soft?
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    It is soft and only on left front.



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    I am not a Vet. Always cold hose anything like that. Give him a bute if you have it. If it's not down in two days or he's lame, call the Vet.



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    My horse came to me with wind puffs at three years of age and just newly backed. Her wind puffs tend to decrease in size after exercise, not increase.
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    looks like a windpuff to me too
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    My horse had something that looked exactly like that on his hind leg once. Had no idea what it was but he was not lame at all on it and he didn't seem overly bothered by my touching it. It was from him kicking his stall, which he never does ever but for some reason my overly friendly horse did not get on well with his cranky stall neighbour. He has never kicked before (or after that) so his legs were not used to kicking/banging stall walls. By the next day it looked more like super mild stocking up and by the next day it was virtually gone.



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    windpuffs. From what I remember of my horses with windpuffs, there is a gland there, which swells from work. I don't know how they 'happen' but its not anything, if windpuffs, which affect them or their way of going.
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