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My horse has been treated for Lymphangitis this weekend but is still in the wars. Her leg is still swollen and today she had a new injection with painkiller, antibiotics and anti-inflammetry. My vet is not to keen to leave her out in field now, while other advice says turning out avoids adema. He says warm bath while others say cold hose.
(I do walk her so 3 times a day for about 15 minutes a time) (she has stable bandages on her back legs)
She does eat sort of her hay and food.
Its very confusing to find out what the best thing is to do, I don't want to lose her because i've been doing the wrong thing or I have been listening to the wrong advice.
Could you please tell me what the best treatment would be for her,
is it cold/warm water?
field or no field?
Please help I'm really worried about the health of my horse.
18/10/11Answer this question
Not convinced I am going to be of much help here.
Lets look at some general principles. Movement helps reduce swelling. If she is moving about grazing naturally then it is logical to leave her out. If she is standing about and reluctant to move on her own accord she is best kept ii especially over colder nights and made to move by walking her in hand.
Cold hosing helps reduce swelling. Warm bathing helps draw infection and if there is any possibility of thorns or puncture wounds then it is sensible to try and draw any infection or foreign body out with warm applications. If wet is making the skin soggy then best not wet at all.
You do not say she is lame so I am assuming that she is not dramatically lame and perhaps the truth of the matter is that it don't matter a dam if she is in or out as long as she is not getting cold or wet and too much wet hot or cold is likely to cause more problems than it solves
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I had a horse with Lymphangitis. I found the best way to help him was to bandage his leg when he's not moving around much, ie in the stable over night, and exercise. The leg always looks bad, especially to others who dont know what its all about (I had the RSPCA called out to mine twice!) I would say, providing she's not lame (mine was hardly ever lame) then exercise her. But it has to be constant as i took mine out for a good hack an then left him for a couple of days then it was huge again. Hope that helps you out.
thank you. I agree with the bandaging ( WITH CARE) and the exercise.
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