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Username: witheror

Post Number: 2
Registered: 7-2010
Posted on Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 - 12:09 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

My 3 yr old QH stallion came up lame one evening after fussing with a gelding through the fence. At first I noticed only a cut on his hindquarter and treated it. On the ride that evening he began to limp so I turned around and walked him home. It was a very slight limp. At closer inspection I saw some swelling, so I cold hosed, gave him some bute and wrapped it for support. For the next few days I continued with that round of treatment plus stall rest and the swellling would be down upon taking the wrap off and sometimes in different places. He was no longer limping- no heat etc. No pain at flexion. Finally stopped treatment about a week ago and there is still a marked difference in the size of this pastern area compared to the other. It's been well over a month. Is it time for xrays and ultrasound? Should I do the DMSO route? This horse is a performance bred horse in training and I have big plans for him. At this point I'm not sure I should have been as cavalier about this from the beginning but I assumed since the lameness was sutble I could treat it myself and wait it out. Advice needed!! Thank you.
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Vicki Z
Username: vickiann

Post Number: 2176
Registered: 3-2005
Posted on Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 - 7:15 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Little injuries can turn into very big deals.

I've overlooked a minor leg problem that was not apparent or visible at all to have it turn into an infection.

If it were my horse I would call my veterinarian now, but I would have called before it got to this point.

Wouldn't mess around with DMSO if there may be an infection.
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
Username: dro

Post Number: 25037
Registered: 1-1997
Posted on Sunday, Aug 1, 2010 - 9:04 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hello Elizabeth,
Considering your goals and the history I do think it is time for a careful examination by a veterinarian and from that exam comes the decision to pursue further diagnostics and which ones to use.
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