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Strange Swelling, Wound and Lameness

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  • Strange Swelling, Wound and Lameness

    I have a 23 year old, Karman, who is an amazing mare. She is always super sound, smooth mover, and a terrific packer.

    I ride 3-4 days a week, usually not more than 30-45 minutes. We jump once a week, crossrails, and small (under 2 ft. verticals.)

    2 weeks ago today I showed up to take her to a schooling day and she had a strange swelling and cut behind her right elbow. No where the girth could irritate, and she was completely sound on it, on the lunge line and under saddle. My trainer mentioned there were some thorns in the pasture some horses reacted to if they were poked with them. I cleaned in out, rinsed with saline water and dabbed some Ichthammol on it just in case there was anything in it.

    After 3 days it went down, and I just cleaned the wound out with fresh water. She was great, sound, no problem.

    Had a lesson on Sunday (one week after injury) towards the end of the ride she was a bit off in the hard footing on one end of the area. It was slight, and only in the hard footing...but I did notice it.

    I went out Tuesday to ride and noticed she had a bit of swelling between her front legs. Not as big as an egg, but it was a bit strange. The original site of the wound was fine, maybe a bit swollen. I saddled her up for a quick hack, but when I walked her off from the mounting block she just felt...reluctant, which isn't like her. I asked for a few trot steps and she was head-bobbing lame.

    I untacked her, and had my trainer look at it. She seemed concerned with the lump and suggested a round of penicillin. I started her that night. Tues, Wed, Thurs I rinsed the original wound site, Ichthammol and rested her. I wasn't out on Friday, but on Saturday she was still lame. The lump is still there, perhaps larger and warm to the touch.

    Strangely, it looks like she is off on the front left, and the original injury was on the front right.

    I have the vet coming out tomorrow at 10:30 am, but I am worried sick. I thought I would see if anyone has any ideas or suggestions. Or something to put my mind at ease. This mare means the world to me. She is my "heart" horse.

    Attached are a few pictures of the spot to give you all an idea what is going on:

    Swelling from the front:


    Original injury on the right, swelling in the middle. All wet and slick looking from Ichthammol


    Karman packing around my 9 year old.

    Thanks so much for any possible ideas. I know I will have something more definitive when the vet is out, I just worry about her a lot!
    "I'm an idealist. I don't know where I'm going, but I'm on my way."

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    No good ideas other than it sorta looks like an abscess -- maybe her wound was a splinter or thorn that has worked it's way in?

    Good wishes for you, I am sure she will be okay.

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