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My 4yrs stallion has this weird bump on his front left leg right on the ...
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    What is this bump on his leg?

    My 4yrs stallion has this weird bump on his front left leg right on the tendon area. He does not appear to be favoring the leg or anything and if I prodle it it does not seem to bother him. About 2 weeks ago he could not walk on that leg and my farrier came out and said it could be laminitess, a bruise, an absess, but he would not trim his feet until he was sure it was not laminitess. But he put some mag on it and rapped it up just incase it was a bruise or absess. The next day it was really swollen, so bad that you could not see his tendons. So we called the vet and told her the symtoms and and she said she thinks it was an absess and told us to soak it in warm water with epson salt for 20mins and it should go away unless it was something else. We did that for over a week and the swelling went away and on the bulb on his hoof it looks like there was a break so we think it was an absess. He was able to walk again but that bump remained. When I soaked his leg in warm water and epson salt I noticed it would get bigger but after the soaking and when I trotted him a bit to get some circulation going the bump would be gone but would always sooner or later come back usually fully the next morning. I don't really fell any abnormal heat and it feels like a vein or something and I can feel his pulse. We recentlly stoped soaking his leg for the swelling was gone (other than that bump which seemed to get worse with the soaking) and he was not favoring the leg anymore. He is going to the vet for his back leg checked and surgury in a little more than 2 weeks so if it was still there we could ask them about it but I just wanted to know if any of you had any ideas on what it was. I was worried it was a pulled tendon but I don't know if pulled tendons would go away with excersie for my other horses sure didn't but his was really serious. Should I go back to soaking it, or rapping it, etc.? I circled the area in the picture where the bump is. Thanks

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    I think that is a normal "bump" either tendon or blood vessel, but it has been a while since I looked at my horse anatomy book, so I'm not going to commit to that .
    I do recall seeing that on my horses too though.

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    A tendon will not go away with excersise.. quite the opposite... good for going to the vet.. I would have him on very limited turnout, the smaller the paddock the better... and have your vet take a good look at this and do an ultrasound if the swelling continues.
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    Thanks, I am keeping him in a small pen away from the other horses. His other leg does not have that bump there though that is what got me. A blood vessel sounds like it might be it for like I said it felt like a vein or something like that but why would it have gotten bigger after having an absess and yet go away with excersice? This horse always comes up with the weirdest injurys even my vet cannot sometimes figure out. Well hopefully it will be gone in the next couple weeks so I don't have to add more onto my my soon to be vet bill. My vet bill is already going to be in the high $2000's maybe even $3000 depending on how well his crypid orchid surgury goes and what is going on with his back leg. But if it is still there I will pout and have the vet also do a check up on it lol.
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    Do you have other pictures of his feet? I was curious as to how he stands, etc... It could be just the angle of the photo, but his heels look pretty contracted and he looks to be up on his toes. Again, it may just be the photo angle. If his feet aren't balanced it could put additional strain on his legs.
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    Given the area and the symptoms, it sounds like a splint. Although it would be odd that your vet and/or farrier could not recognize that.

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    Here is a picture of the outside of his leg. The inside of the leg is where the bump is and the bump itself is really soft that is why I said vein or something but blood vessel sounds like it might be it. The ground is not really level in his corral and in the picture before he might of been standing in a hole. I know he really needs his feet done but like I said my farrier would not trim them for he was not sure if it was lamanitess or not and he did not want to hurt the horse by trimming him wrong. Now that we are pretty sure it was an absess we are probably going to call him out to trim his feet in a couple days or the soonest he can come out.

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    It looks like a splint to me possible. Feet look horrible! No turnout hand walk no trot is what I would do. If it's a splint they can freeze fire remove move or leave it be.

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    It looks alot different than what I saw in the first picture... I'm not thinking splint if it's soft...
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    I don't know about a splint.. aren't they located beside the cannon bones? This looks like it's over the tendons... Your best bet would be to get a vet to look at it... As I have learned in the last few weeks, it's always better to be overly cautious of a potential tendon problem. It could just be an enlarged blood vessel though, because an abcess would increase the blood flow to the lower leg.

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