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Puzzled! Hind leg seems slightly swollen around ligaments-no heat or lameness

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  • Puzzled! Hind leg seems slightly swollen around ligaments-no heat or lameness

    Hi!

    My 7 year old QH cut the inside of his hock about 9 weeks ago-his leg swelled from above the hock all the way down to the hoof. The vet saw him and put him on antibiotics and Bute. He was not lame either. The cut is all healed up now (even the hair has grown back).

    However, I noticed today that the tissue between his ligaments on the hind leg that was cut seem swollen. When looking at his leg you can’t notice it but when you feel both hind legs you can feel a difference. You can easily feel the ligaments on the one that was not cut and the one with the cut you can feel the ligaments but they are not as pronounced. The tissue between the ligaments on the cut leg is not squishy but feels hard. He does not flinch when I squeeze his leg and there is no heat. He also seem to be moving fine at all gaits.

    I am wondering if I should be concerned about this and if there is anything I should be doing. I am going to try cold hosing to see if that helps.
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    So tonight I go out to feed (my gelding is in a small pasture) and when he comes to run up to the fence to greet me he’s not moving right. I wasn’t able to get a good look to see if I could talk which leg he was sore on because he slowed to a walk. His hind leg that was cut is definitely swelled some around the ligaments.

    I should note he was ridden yesterday (not by me) as we needed an extra horse to bring some cows in. He was sound while being ridden and he was sound last night and this morning. He was used about 2 weeks ago as well to move to cattle out of the pens and had no issues whatsoever after that.

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      Update.

      So yesterday I was beside myself. I cold hosed my guys leg picked out his feet (thought it couldn’t hurt to make sure there wasn’t a rock stuck or an abscess starting). Feet were all good-his hooves do need a trimming (he goes barefoot) as he has great feet and is mainly just pleasure ridden and is only used to move cows the odd time (usually from one pasture to another).

      The swelling was down some so I figured that was a win but when he trotted he was obviously lame and only trotted a few strides. He’s in a small pasture behind my house so I can see him at any given time of day from the house. I noticed yesterday he was laying down a lot more than usual (but it was windy and my yearling that lives in the same pasture was laying down too). He also went and stood by the fence when my yearling was grazing. (I’m up in Canada so the grass is just starting to come up so they are still getting hay). Anyway, when I went out last night to feed and water his leg was still like it was in the morning and he was still moving like he was in the morning. About an hour after I came in I looked out and saw my yearling running around the pasture bucking and having a food ol’ time. My guy wanted to join in but trotted a few strides and then stopped and watched. This is not like him. Usually h goes ripping around the pasture bucking and prancing as well. I was sick with worry.

      This morning I went out to feed and water (in the lovely snowstorm that started at daybreak) and the horses were picking at the grass on the other side of the pasture. As usual when they see me, they came trotting over and low and behold my guy looked fine. Maybe a bit stiff but not lame looking. I checked his leg and the swelling was gone completely. I can’t believe the change in about 13 hours.

      So my guess is that the leg that was cut is still not fully healed and because he is out of shape from having the winter off he wasn’t ready to be ridden in a situation where he actually had to “work”.

      I’m now wondering what my next step should be. He’s not kept in a stall but in a small pasture area where he can move around as he pleases. He is overweight (we had a long cold winter so my first concern was making sure the horses always had enough to keep them warm and full). He was also off all winter so is out of shape so I don’t think that helps. So I’m thinking he needs to be put on less of a ration and that I can start ridding him lightly and from there. I would really appreciate thoughts on this. Sorry for the book, I just wanted to make sure all the information was there.

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