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Hi Cherry,
I have an quarter horse mare that I just bought she is the sweetest thing in the world, she is at the stables where I keep my other horse the owner sold us the other too and perfectly healthy,my quarter I was testing her and noticed that her thighs and back legs are very swollen I know for an fact that she has not been out for one month so due of being in her stall for so long I am pretty sure that is the problem. Also when I made her trot she was limping but her hoofs are very long and broken that will be fixed this week. I will exercise her every day  and i massage her legs, someone said that it never goes away I am not sure about that. It is cold now and the barn is not heated so I do not want to put cold water on her legs can I do cold compresses and the then wipe her dry?
When she walks she does not limp only when she trots what are your suggestions on that?
I just want to know if this stays for the rest of her life or with exercise and taking her out it will go away she is not in pain
Thank you so much
Monika

Hi Monika,

There was a salty and sweet vet that I worked with once that used to look at a horse like yours and say, “All she needs is fresh air and exercise.”

A horse that has not been out of her stall for a month will “stock up” which is a horseman’s way of saying “swell in the legs”. Some horses stock up if they don’t receive daily exercise. All horses should have either free daily exercise (turnout in a large area where they can run and buck and roll) or daily exercise such as longeing or riding.

But before you even think about exercising the horse, she needs hoof care. All horses should have their hooves attended to (trimmed or shod) every 6-8 weeks. When a horse’s hooves have become so long as to begin cracking and breaking off, it is way past due for the horse to have farrier care.

When a horse limps at the trot, that means the horse IS in pain – it hurts to put its weight on that hoof or limb.

So my suggestions are to get the horse hoof care immediately, keep her on a 6-8 week hoof care program per your farrier’s recommendation and exercise her daily.

Then your sweet horse will be comfortable and will last you a lot longer.

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hi my name is aleeah. I have my aunts horse at my house caring for her. Today we treated her for worms and she is already felling better. But something is wrong with her leg. All of my family have looked at it and my nieghber that is a nurse has already looked at it what should i do.

Hello Alleah,

If you and your family have other horses, then you must have a veterinarian that you could call to have a look at the horse’s leg. If you are not horseowners, then you should ask your aunt what veterinarian she uses and call that horse doctor to come and look at your aunt’s horse.

If you do not have horses and your aunt doesn’t have a veterinarian or you can’t contact her, then look in the Yellow Pages section of the phone book under Veterinarian and look for one that says Equine or Large Animal. Perhaps you or one of your parents could give the veterinarian some symptoms over the phone and make an appointment for the veterinarian to drive over to your house to look at the horse.

In the meantime, visit my Horse Information Roundup to read lots of articles on health care, lameness, hoof care and more.

Best of luck and let me know what you find out.

Cherry Hill

Horse Health Care by Cherry Hill

Horse Health Care by Cherry Hill

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HOOF CARE
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To preserve your horse’s soundness and minimize farrier bills, pick out hooves daily so you can discover problems early.  Remove all manure and mud from the sole and clefts of the frog, checking for rocks, sticks and nails.  Check the frog crevices for the black, foul-smelling signs of thrush.

Look at the bottom of the hooves to be sure the hoof has not grown over the shoe.  Check for loose clinches by running your fingers over the outer hoof wall.  If you feel sharp or rough clinches (nail ends), your horse’s shoe is probably loose and needs your farrier.  Hire the most knowledgeable and experienced farrier available and have your horse trimmed or shod every 6-8 weeks.

Don’t over use greasy hoof dressings that can make the hooves too soft.  Use a hoof sealer to help maintain a healthy hoof moisture level.  If a horse is in very wet and muddy conditions, apply hoof sealer several times a week to absolutely clean and dry hooves.

To prevent lost shoes, don’t pasture in wet, boggy fields.  Minimize bathing.  Keep a hoof boot on hand to protect the hoof when your horse loses a shoe.

Regular exercise is important for overall health and especially healthy hooves.  With exercise, blood flows around a horse’s body and his legs and hooves are well nourished.  If a horse lives in a stall or small pen, the decreased blood flow can lead to leg and hoof problems.

Horse Hoof Care by Cherry Hill and Richard Klimesh

Horse Hoof Care by Cherry Hill and Richard Klimesh

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