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Dr M Dawson
Username: Lottie

Post Number: 2
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Tuesday, Jun 1, 2004 - 6:05 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi DrO,

I wondered if you could cast any light on this? My 6yo 16hh mare who has never taken a lame step is for sale. One of the people who came to see her found a long, finger width swelling hiding amongst the flexor tendons of her near front leg. You can start to feel it about half way down the cannon bone and it continues to the fetlock. It is not sore at all and she is 100% sound, even for jumping. In fact she has never been lame in the 3 1/2 years I've owned her. Just above the fetlock joint the flexor tendons feel a bit "squidgy", a bit like a windgall but deeper if that makes any sense. There is no heat and no pain, no matter how thoroughly you explore the area.

The only possible trauma I can think of is that she has recently been turned out in a field after the hedge was laid and very big branches are lying around in the field. The horses are all scrambling through the branches to get to the long grass underneath them and I have seen this mare get her foot caught and have to rear and pull to free herself. She is no longer in this field.

Do you know what this could be? If the horse was not for sale I would not be concerned but it has already put one person off buying her (even though they did not know what it was either.)
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Dr M Dawson
Username: Lottie

Post Number: 3
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Tuesday, Jun 1, 2004 - 12:06 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Doh I feel really silly! I had a good look at that leg tonight and felt the "swelling" and found that it was pulsatile. It's an aberrant artery that is running close to the surface of the skin on the medial side of the flexor tendons and so feels like a squishy tendon. She has only got it on the one side so it seems to be a problem as both sides are not the same. I'm glad it's nothing serious.
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