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#1 FarmGirl-824

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Posted 13 May 2009 - 11:14 AM

I have a vet appointment at 1:45pm.

I came in to feed this morning and my horse's right hind leg was swollen and he wasn't putting any weight on it. The swelling is from his coronet band up past his hocks. It's hot between his fetlock and his hock. I can't find a vet anywhere near me that can get him in before 1:45 and the vet that can, I haven't heard good things about him. I'm off at college and the vet I use at home could get him in at 3 but is about an hour and a half or more away.

I checked on my guy's last night around 9 and both of them were fine. I let them graze for a little bit and then put them up. I can't imagine what could have happened. They are in concrete stalls but the floor is clay and shavings. It is possible that he could have kicked out or slipped but I dont know. Any ideas?
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Posted 13 May 2009 - 11:51 AM

Possible snakebite? At least you know the vet IS coming .
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Posted 13 May 2009 - 11:53 AM

I don't think it's a snakebite because I did some research on it and it said that there would be only minor swelling if a snake bit a horse's leg. I could be wrong though.
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Posted 13 May 2009 - 12:11 PM

At least it's comforting to know the vet is coming soon, and your horse can start getting better....good luck, you'll let us know what it is?
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Posted 13 May 2009 - 06:51 PM

any update?
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Posted 13 May 2009 - 08:32 PM

He might have kicked the concrete wall.








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Posted 13 May 2009 - 09:18 PM

I hope everything is OK.

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Posted 14 May 2009 - 10:27 AM

He had a 103.7 fever. He thinks that there might have been a small puncture wound and then when he had the trauma to his leg it could've made the infection rear it's ugly head. The vet gave him some antibiotics and gave him banamine (not my choice but o well) we bought a tube of bute and we're supposed to give him tucoprim. We're hydro'ing 3 times a day so we'll see how it goes I'll post some pictures of what it looked like yesterday today.

Also I'm worried because his sheath is a bit swollen. I'm wondering if the infection travelled.



This was of his leg this morning while we were hydro'ing it.
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This was yesterday in his stall when I first found it.


And one more picture. These were some of the pictures that we took the night before all of this happened and he was perfectly fine.

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Posted 14 May 2009 - 02:32 PM

If it's a puncture it needs to be found. Seriously. things like this can go bad quick. I had the same exact thing happen to my mare. Leg was totally swollen with heat. She had a tiny tiny puncture on her knee joint. The infection was septic and she has to have surgery and 3 months of stall rest. Thankfully she got full mobility back in her knee (the infection was directly into the joint). It can become serious so keep watching it! They had to shave my mares leg to find the puncture.
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Posted 14 May 2009 - 02:54 PM

I hope it's nothing too serious, but I would definitely get a vet that you know has a reputable background for a second look. May be more serious than you think..



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Posted 14 May 2009 - 08:49 PM

Poor guy. I'll keep my fingers crossed he responds quickly to treatment!

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Posted 14 May 2009 - 09:29 PM

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I'm wondering if the infection travelled.


I'd be looking for a wound of some sort on the upper inside of the gaskin. Swelling from infection usually settles downward. If the sheath is also swollen, it stands to reason the wound would be closer to that area.

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Posted 16 May 2009 - 11:15 PM

The leg should be wrapped in furacin to pull some of the swelling out, also at the clinic I work at, we use an antibiotic that's compounded called Aziomycin. It contains penicillin and dexamethasone so it's also great for swollen legs. I would definitely be hauling somewhere to get xrays and a second opinion.
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Posted 16 May 2009 - 11:15 PM

The leg should be wrapped in furacin to pull some of the swelling out, also at the clinic I work at, we use an antibiotic that's compounded called Aziomycin. It contains penicillin and dexamethasone so it's also great for swollen legs. I would definitely be hauling somewhere to get xrays and a second opinion.
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Posted 19 May 2009 - 04:17 PM

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Posted 20 May 2009 - 07:47 PM

How is your horse doing?
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