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So I went to go give Skip hay this morning, and he was hobbling around. ...
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    Unhappy Swollen Fetlock... Limping... HELP!

    So I went to go give Skip hay this morning, and he was hobbling around. I got out there and his fetlock is larger than normal (not severely swollen) and slightly warm. I gave him 3 tablets of bute mixed into his grain w/ maple syrup to get him to eat it. Im skipping school today to go get him some sawdust, and check on him throughout the day. When I walked him in, he would put weight on it as soon as we got out of his pasture (its covered in snow, w/ some ice from friday underneath)

    Im going to stop @ the vets when I go to get sawdust, and Im going to call my friend and see if I can borrow her digital camera to take some pics of it.

    Do you guys have any ideas what might be going on?
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    Wow... I cant believe it, I posted this 4 hours a go and no one has any responses...

    Well went to the vet, and they said bute, stall rest for 2 days, if no improvement call them. My old barn manager (works there) and the front desk receptionist said to cold hose it and wrap it.

    I tried wrapping it, and every time I got to the bottom he would lift his leg way up, like it hurt.

    My question now is should I wrap it or, should I leave it?
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    My gelding fetlocks will do this when he's been inside, or standing around, or even playing too hard with his buds. It's like they get fluid (stocked up) but with NO heat. I just leave it, the fluid works its way out.

    However, if you detect heat and lameness, i would do as your manager advised: cold and wrap. The cold hose will help reduce swelling and the wrapping will help stabalize it as well.

    Some horses just do not tolerate wrapping as others do, especially since the back legs are hardly ever wrapped! This might be the reason for him lifting it, or your right, he is a bit tender. Try to wrap it if you can, but it won't kill him if you don't.

    Good luck!
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    Thanks for your reply... He has stocked up before, and it was nothing like this. Usually when he stocks up its in this leg, but no where near as much swelling, and he has never been lame from it. Before this, he was outside for the past couple weeks.

    Now its swollen down his pastern too, and looks bigger. There is some heat, so I know he isn't stocking up. I will try to wrap it later, when I go out to give him some bute.

    Thanks for your advice! I appreciate it!
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    You could also try something like 'ice-o-gel', basically a lotion that cools for hours.

    Just make sure to read the directions and make sure you can wrap with it on!
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    Yea, I applied Bigeloil to it earlier when I was attempting to wrap it.

    Im just worried, cause Im praying this is something that he will be able to come out of and turn around 100%, at least before show season.
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    i dont have sny advice, but i wanted to wish you the best of luck in getting him better.
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    Thanks I appreciate your thoughts! Ill make sure I keep updating.
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    My horse miss-stepped and pulled a few things.....he was swollen from coronet band to the middle of his cannon. It happens...

    Treat it like an injury if it doesnt' look like a normal "stocking up". Stall rest, you can wrap it. Treat it for swelling (try to keep swelling down, so you can possibly use a liniment or a drawing agent to keep the fluids from building up....)

    And rest. Until you can discuss the situation with the vet.
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    I hope for the best. Amazing what these horses can do behind our back. Sometimes in front but usually we never get to see what causes their injuries. Or some freak thing. Good luck and keep us posted.

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