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I went to get my horse today and noticed she was really favoring one of ...
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    Swollen Leg

    I went to get my horse today and noticed she was really favoring one of her back legs, but they were really muddy so I could not see much, so I hosed them off and put her in her stall to dry and when I went back to look at her I noticed her leg was really swollen and sensitive, so I was wondering if there is anything I can get to put on it to help with the swelling, since I wont be able to get a vet out untill at least Monday.

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    Is it hot to the touch? How much is she favoring it? Where is the swelling located? Any recent accidents, new additions to the herd, changes in her environment, new trim/shoes? Anything else you can think of that has changed?
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    Is it hot to the touch?
    It does not feel any warmer then the rest of her
    How much is she favoring it?
    Alot, she will hardly put any weight on it even when she is just standing there
    Any recent accidents, new additions to the herd, changes in her environment, new trim/shoes?
    Everything is pretty much the same, the only thing that has changed is I ride almost everyday and I have not really ridden in about 2 weeks. She has had no injuries that I know of, the only thing I can think of is it has rained day and night for the last week and the field has been much slicker, so I am worried that she could have slipped and hurt herself
    Where is the swelling located?

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    What has her turn-out been like? Has she been standing around a lot due to the state of her paddock? She could be stocking up. Normally they'll be at least somewhat weight bearing on it with stocking up though.

    If she is moving around a lot in the mud she very well could have slipped and injured herself. Did you just hose it off enough to rinse it or did you cold hose it? If you haven't cold hosed it I'd start there. If you HAVE cold hosed it, did you notice any improvement?
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    I usually have them turned out all day since I only Have a run in shed, but I can turn it into stalls if I need, I only rinsed it enough to clean it this morning, What is cold hosing and how do I do it?

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    Stocking up is the result of a horse that's been immobile too long for the most part. Stalling her wouldn't help if that's what is going on. If it's the case you actually want her moving MORE. If she's not getting her regular exercise and she's reluctant to move about very much because of a muddy, slippery paddock it's a possibility. It depends on the horse, some will move freely in mud, others will pick one spot and stand so that they don't have to move around in it. Only you know your horse and her habits.

    Basically cold hosing is to horses as icing an injury is to humans. You just take a hose out there and hose down the leg for an extended period of time with cold water. The length of time depends on the injury, I'd start with ten minutes at first and go from there.
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    Forgot to add in your case, I would err on the side of caution for now and assume it's an injury not stocking up only because you can treat it as an injury and still prevent further stocking up while you can't treat it as stocking up and prevent further injury. I'd stall her now, cold hose her and go from there.
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