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Swelling on fetlock around ergot

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  • Swelling on fetlock around ergot

    So we went NOVICE for the first time on Sunday. My horse was ahhmazing! I couldn't be happier with how grown up he was, and we had a blast!

    His right hind seemed a little puffy down low by the end of the day, (we rode in the morning) I wasn't sure if it was from standing so for a lot of the day? His legs are usually pretty clean after an event. So I put sore no more on and turned him out overnight rather than keep him in and wrap him.

    Now he has a swelling around his ergot. A little bit on both legs but mostly his one (I'll attach a pic)

    I've never seen this type of swelling before. It's squishy, almost like a windpuff, but I've never seen a windpuff there before.

    Any suggestions? TIA!



  • #2
    I would be concerned about a sesamoid injury considering the location. Time for radiographs!


    • Original Poster

      Now equal on both hind legs, same weird spot, almost like a bubble of fluid (perfectly round golfball size) around the ergots. He is sound...


      • #4
        Sesamoid or suspensory injury would be my guess.
        McDowell Racing Stables

        Home Away From Home


        • Original Poster

          I was hoping it wasn't either of those since he is sound, and is that common on both legs at the same time? So weird to see such localized round swelling like that. Calling the vet, but have to wait so just looking for other input. For now, cold hosing and sweat wrapping overnight.

          Thanks, hoping it's no big deal


          • #6
            Any chance you used bandages or boots that weren't on completely right? It would be extremely unusual to injure both hind legs.
            McDowell Racing Stables

            Home Away From Home


            • Original Poster

              He had standing wraps on for the trailer ride, I put those on so I know they were on correctly. He did wear hind brushing boots for our cross country phase, but I did not put those on myself, someone was helping me get him ready. I don't remember them looking funny when I took them off, but I was on a high from just running xc. That could be a possibility though, hmmmm

              He sure does like to keep me guessing


              • #8
                Did anything droop down? I have seen wraps slip down in the trailer and cause bandage bows on both fronts. I have also seen horses fuss with their bandages and pull them up with their mouth and cause a bandage bow. I also galloped a horse ONCE in sports medicine boots. He came off the track with wounds on both fronts that were so bad that I had to pay $50 to correct his papers to reflect the white circles that resulted after they healed.
                McDowell Racing Stables

                Home Away From Home


                • Original Poster

                  Ugh! This is crazy, never once have I sent him home without me, but this one time I did because I had to stay to help...
                  My friend was nice enough to take his wraps off for me when they got home, I will ask her, this is such a good point!

                  Gosh, now that I'm thinking about it, they do look very similar to bump he got from a hock boot rubbing awhile back! What would I do for this?

                  Thank you SO MUCH!!


                  • #10
                    I would still have the vet come out but if that is all it is it doesn't take long for it to go away. A couple weeks at the most. Cold hose, bute, handwalking or small paddock turnout in the meantime.
                    McDowell Racing Stables

                    Home Away From Home


                    • Original Poster

                      Well thank you, I feel a little hope now..will let you know!
                      Thanks again!