Q: Over the past year my two-year-old Orlov Trotter has occasionally
come in from the field with swollen fetlocks.
happened five times, but not always on the same leg. There is no
heat in the affected leg and the swelling goes down usually after
about five days. Is there any advice you can give me to stop this
a clinical examination, it is difficult to know exactly which part
of your horse's fetlock is damaged. Your vet might like to try flexion
tests when the swelling is present to try to isolate exactly where
the problem is.
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could be due to too much fluid building up inside the joint causing
large windgalls, or it may just be puffiness in the soft tissue
outside and surrounding the joint. You do need to address this problem
before major damage occurs that could make her lame.
swellings such as this may be linked to subtle nutritional deficiencies
making soft tissue more prone to mild damage when she is moving
quickly or on an uneven surface such as any normal paddock! I suggest
you feed a good quality mineral supplement with chelated (protein
bound) compounds that are easily absorbed.
try MSM (bioavailable sulphur) for at last three months to ensure
her tendons and ligaments are as strong as possible. Herbs such
as comfrey or cissus quadrangularis may also be useful to improve
calcium and magnesium balance.
If the problem
stems from inside the joint one of the many glucosamine type products
will help strengthen joint cartilage.
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