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Dr. B., Horse Veterinarian
Category: Horse Management
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Experience:  Equine surgical residency, special interest in orthopaedics and upper airway surgery.
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My horse escaped and a windgall has emerged on one back leg

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My horse escaped and a windgall has emerged on one back leg on the fetlock near the back portion. He is sound and has a tiny bit of heat and doesn't mind any flexing of the joint. Do I get a vet out ? I'm cold hosing, cloying and he is on bute. He has come out of ridden work but should I box rest him? He went in the field today
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?
Customer: And it was larger !!
JA: What is the horse's name and age?
Customer: No wound , he ran at a flat put gallop on hard ground for 5 mins on Friday morning. So is it from concussion ? It's only the off fore. He is 5 years , called blackjack
JA: Anything else I can tell the Veterinarian before I connect you two?
Customer: No. Thanks
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Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Horse Management
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 9 months ago.
Hi,Sorry to hear about the trouble you are having with Blackjack. I need a little more information to answer the question for you.1. Is he lame or unsound on the leg right now?2. Can you send me a picture of the leg and the swelling? I would not do any riding on him until we figure it out a little better. Box stall rest is best for now. Talk soon
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
No he is totally sound ,
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 9 months ago.
Ok, If he is sound at a trot then you can probably just continue with the treatment that you are using currently - bute, banadaging and cold hosing (10-15 minutes daily). Keep him stall rested for 5-7 days and then introduce small paddock turn out. Resume riding in 10-14 days depending on whether this swelling goes down. Most likely is that he strained his annular ligament but there is a chance it could be something more severe such as a superficial or deep digital flexor tendon injury - in which case, you would need a vet to assess it and make a more lengthy rehab plan.