What is good treatment of the horse legs swollen?
What is good treatment of the horse legs swollen?
it depends on why the leg is swollen. but feel if its hot or warm and if it is hose it down for like 10 min. with cold water.
its hard to say what to do next with out knowing what happend
you could wrap both legs (front or back depending which one is swollen)
you could try rubbing it down with lineament (not if there is a cut)
and if all else fails call the vet and see if you can get some bute* not sure of the spelling. say it and they'll know.
its an anti-inflamitory, extra strength asprin kinda. that will deff. help but it doesnt solve why the leg is bad.
deff try running cold water over it a couple times a day, that should really help.
The first answer is a good one- ice cold water run over the legs will help bring the swelling down. If the horse's legs are swollen due to something like "stocking up", ( a kind of edema that can happen when a horse that is used to being outside and walking around constantly is suddenly kept in a stall overnight) then light exercise is also helpful. You didn't say if your horse was lame or not- if he is, and his legs are swollen, then he needs to be seen by a vet before he is given any medication or home remedies. Check the legs for heat or any sign of an obvious injury, such as an infected cut or abscess. If the leg is swollen because of something like this, it will definitely feel warm to the touch, and your horse may exhibit other symptoms of not feeling well, such as lack of appetite, fever, etc. You also didn't mention if your horse wears shoes or not. If he does, and he was recently trimmed or shod, then he may have a "hot" nail- that is, a nail that was driven into the hoof at the wrong angle and has pierced the sensitive part of the foot where the nerves are. This will make the horse VERY lame on the foot that is affected. In rare cases, this can lead to swelling in the limbs, because the horse usually will not move around very much when his foot hurts that much. In older horses, arthritis may be an issue- this disease can cause swelling of the joints AND the limbs. The horse will be lame and reluctant to move in such cases, because it really hurts. If I owned this horse, I would get my vet to look at him before I try any home treatments, just to rule out a serious problem. Good luck, and I hope this helps.
Horse owner ( I have a mare that I do dressage on) and horse professional with many years of horse and animal care behind me.
First you have to answer a couple of questions: why is the leg swollen, and is the swelling accompanied by heat and/or lameness?
If the swelling is caused by some kind of infection, then you need to get the horse on antibiotics pronto. If there is any lameness associated with the swelling, that is another "red flag" sign to get the vet out and do some diagnostics.
If the swelling is associated with a joint structure, such as the fetlock, knee, stifle or hock, that's another cue to get the vet out immediately.
Horses can sometimes "stock up" in their lower limbs when they've been standing around for an extended period of time on a hard surface. This is basically an accumulation of fluid in the lower legs, and mostly it will relieve itself once you get the horse off the surface and get him moving around. Cold water tubbing can help to diminish swelling in this case, but getting the horse off the hard surface and moving around has a better effect.
If your horse is manifesting any signs of lameness or discomfort, then you most likely need to get the vet out to look at him.
In my over 25 yrs of taking care of the race horses. These first 2 answers are the best and know what they are talking about. Great answers
depending on the cause of the swelling there are several different things that can be done. If the horse is stall kept and not getting much exercise they could be "stocked up" and just need some exercise to get the swelling out. Most swelling is from strain, or injury and the legs will need to be bandaged with some sort of liniment like absorbine or maybe a furozone sweat with furozone and cotton and then plastic wrap and then the bandage over top that. sometimes hosing with cold water will help bring some swelling down. like i stated earlier knowing the cause of the swelling helps in determining what treatment to take. one or two bute pills in the grain could also help.
If you are talking about just plain old swollen legs, then I'm assuming this horse doesn't get enough daily exercise. If you aren't walking them an hour a day, then this type of thing can happen. Also, too much grain can cause the legs to "STOCK UP". This is what we call it on the track. The fluids become trapped in the legs due to poor circulation. The first thing you should do is a good rub on each leg of your animal. I don't mean a wham bam thank you mam kind of a rub. I mean a good long massage with your hands that goes from the top to the bottom, them from the bottom to the top of that leg & don't neglect the hind quarters & back & neck should be last. This whole rub will take a minimum of 60 minutes, so factor that into your schedule. If you don't have linement on hand, you can buy a bottle of green alcohol for under a dollar. Put it in an old soap bottle with a squeeze top or punch a hole in the one it come with. Wet the leg with alcohol by putting in your hand first& rubbing it onto the leg of the horse. Use motions like a masseuse uses in the gym. You want to move that fluid around & cause it to break up & start to move out of the muscles, tissues, & small capilarries of that leg. If you don't have the time patience or know how to do this, then thereis another way. You can SWEAT the legs by first using any type of alcohol & give a quickie rub on the leg, followed by applying a thin layer of FEROSENE to the leg from the knee down to the ankle only. Then wrap the leg with a "fattie" (a thick,cotton diaper look-alike). Then take a roll a saran wrap or other plastic wrap & go around the bandage completely a minimum of 3 times. Be careful not to do this too tight, or you can damage the legs. After the plastic, use a regular wide cotton bandage wrap over it & tape it really good at the top & bottom of the wrap. If your horse is a chewer, then sprinkle some tobasco sauce on the outside of the bandage OR make a paste using chili powder & water. You want this to stay on overnight so that your horses legs will sweat & the fluids will be soaked up by the fattie that is applied directly to the leg overed in ferosene. If you do not have ferosene, then you can also use plain old vaseline instead, but beware that it is harder to remove with regular soap & water. It takes more time. So, there you have it. If you have Questions, you can email me from this site.
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