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yesterday morning I found sheak in the barn with a swollen back leg. it looks ...
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    cut hock, swollen leg.

    yesterday morning I found sheak in the barn with a swollen back leg. it looks like he may have gotten wrapped up in the fence or something. the inside of the hock (right in the bend) is all cut up. i was going to feel for heat but as soon as my hand got near it he drew his leg up. I stopped at the BO's house and told him what was wrong. he called his owner and I left. Well this evening his leg is still swollen and nothing has been put on the cuts. but the hose was out so maybe she cold hosed it. I'm just wondering about his leg b/c it is still swollen. could there be an infection in the joint? the cuts were mostly scabbed over today. what advice could i give her?
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    If it were me, I would have immediately cleaned it out with something like Dettol. I would advise, if it is still swollen and looks nasty for the scabs to be removed/picked off, then for it to be thoroughly cleaned then have antiseptic cream or something of the sort to be put on it to prevent infections. Perhaps White Ointment mixed with sulphur.
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    Advice? Have the vet out.

    There is no way to know, from what you describe, if the cuts invaded any tendons, any joint space, anything like that.
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    Any wound right on the joint should be examined by a vet--there is so little protection for the joints that even wounds that appear minor can involve the joint capsule. The fact that the leg is swollen up would be another indicator that the vet needs to come out and check the leg.
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    I seriously doubt that she would call the vet out but i could at least tell the BO that i think he needs a vet maybe he can do something about it. scene its been over 24 hours cold hosing probably wouldn't do any good would it? ill see if he'll stand still long enough for me to get pictures today.
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    Seriously she wouldnt call a vet out? Wow thats just wrong on so many levels, good for you in being concerned enough to ask questions!

    Cold hosing is a small part of a way bigger pic here, I agree a vet should be called for all the reasons above posters have stated, and at the very least the owner could take the time to clean it, put some antibacterial crme on it & give a shot of antibiotics.
    Thta is a tough place to have any cuts or laceration type injuries but with proper & quick care & attention a horse can generally overcome it.

    Cold hosing alone will accomplish very little!

    Good luck & I do hope this horse gets the proper care & attention to heal fully!

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    I do have penicillin but i wouldn't feel right giving someone else's horse a shot. but i can offer it to her. i can't say for sure that she wouldn't call the vet but she hasn't had his hooves trimmed in over a year, she said that she can't afford it so i would just assume that she would say the same thing about a vet.
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    I dont expect you to know the answer to this, but in case you asked...why does she have a horse when she obviously cant afford to care for it? or care if its suffering or not?

    This is a serious issue when a horse is allowed to go an entire year w/o even getting a trim & now the horse has an injury as well...is there anything that you or BO can do to get this horse the care & attention it needs?
    I would be absolutely livid as a BO that a person would neglect their horse in this fashion & even more disgusted with myself as BO that I sat back & did nothing to prevent it.

    I hope that your BO considers this & takes appropriate action for this horses sake.

    It says alot about the kind of person you are that you care so much when an owner obviously doesnt, I wish you the best with this situation and I really hope someone kicks this irresponsible owners a** hard!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QHgin View Post
    I do have penicillin but i wouldn't feel right giving someone else's horse a shot. but i can offer it to her. i can't say for sure that she wouldn't call the vet but she hasn't had his hooves trimmed in over a year, she said that she can't afford it so i would just assume that she would say the same thing about a vet.
    How sad You'd have to have enough penicillin to make the right dosage for the horse for at least 3 days.
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    I have a whole bottle of pen. This horse is in his 20's and she has had him for a long time. she also has a 5 y/o. the BO is her uncle so i think he just lets it slide. he isn't able to go up to the barn to see whats going on every day he is in his 70's-80's. She has made plans a few times to be at the barn when my farrier was coming and then she would never show up. the BO said that he would pay her to have it done but i guess she just doesn't see the need. he is still swollen today but she has but some blu kote on it. I wasn't able to get pics b/c it was raining and i was trying to refill the feed tubs and he walked to the far pasture b-4 i was done. a swollen leg for 3 days really screams VET but i hope its nothing really bad going on with his joint. we have offered to buy her horses so we could re home them but she wants 2,500 for a unregistered horse that cant run a strait line and trips over his own feet. she wouldn't even discuss selling sheak.
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