I have a mare that is 120 days in foal. and we found a very little abscess in her back right leg. we treated it and she seemed to be doing good. she was on antibiotics and the vet even thought it was nothing to worry about when she saw her the second time two weeks later. But now both her back legs are swelling. they are not too bad and all the swelling is low. i have been running cold water on both legs and walking around to keep circulation moving. this seems to help a little but not completely. This is her first time she has ever had a abscess. Ever since she was bred it seems like one problem after another is coming up. she is very rarely sick, even when there is a cold going through the barn all the other horses seem to get sick and she would not. now she seems to have be calling the vet every two weeks.I dont feel any heat in her legs either. Could this be from her abscess? is there another one forming? how can i make the swelling go down and treat the problem to make her more comfortable?
Jennifer, I know when my daughter's pony came down with an abscess his leg was very swollen. It just happened right when he was going out for trial for sale...ARGH. He had never had an abscess with us and we really thought he injured his suspensory. It took almost a month for that abscess to come out. His leg swelling finally eased when it came out. I found the farrier was better at figuring it was abscess than my vet and he was much cheaper..$5.00 call...haha. The vet blocked his foot and said she believes it was foot related, not suspensory, but that was it. Just keep riding him until he gets better or worse. I called farrier, he pinpointed the pain and we wrapped, soaked, nothing, then we just rode the crap out of him and it came out. Hope that helps
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