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    Posted: 31 Mar 2018 at 12:52pm
My LCA colt has developed knee inflammation, has not been pushed hard yet. My vet has twice X-rayed and cortisoned the joint, he diagnosed a small bone spur after the second X-ray. There is full range of movement he is not lame at all but the knee is twice the size of the off side knee, my vet has recommended 6 months in the paddock .when I visited this morning he was sweating and breathing like he has been full gallop in a wet paddock which to me is away of making the condition worse. My gut says he should be in a small paddock and maybe in the walker to regulate extension of the joint, any advise is good and appreciated.
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How old is he & does the vet think it'll resorb? Does the vet specialise in performance horses?
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My best horse ( a filly) had a spur on the knee, she came to me under difficult circumstances as the trainer had passed away and it came on his recommendation, she had been bar fired on both knees and was back at the knee as well, she had only been broken in so I had to start from scratch, there was no swelling in either knee in work but the further into her prep she went the irritation became apparent but a good half hour walk before working she was free in her action but it was there and it became a mental thing, if they have character they learn to live with it although a little bute at times ( in the correct withholding time) helps immensely, won six in town , retired at four, the swelling could be synovial fluid , you know there are times the more you look the more you go lame in the eye, leave her be and don't worry, Mother Nature can do some wonderful things, BOL to you.
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Originally posted by goldey goldey wrote:

My LCA colt has developed knee inflammation, has not been pushed hard yet. My vet has twice X-rayed and cortisoned the joint, he diagnosed a small bone spur after the second X-ray. There is full range of movement he is not lame at all but the knee is twice the size of the off side knee, my vet has recommended 6 months in the paddock .when I visited this morning he was sweating and breathing like he has been full gallop in a wet paddock which to me is away of making the condition worse. My gut says he should be in a small paddock and maybe in the walker to regulate extension of the joint, any advise is good and appreciated.

Ensure the vet specialises in thoroughbreds mate.

Sounds like he should also be confined to a small yard (I am no expert) until at least that swelling goes down.

Could be causing himself a fair bit further harm in a paddock
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There you go goldy, two different opinions from two different directions, the swelling does cause concern a deeper look at the X-ray may be needed .
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Yes, Gay my vet is the on course vet up here, and the understudy of my previous vet who was same. The colt has always like his mother and sister produce fluid readily, ie bites become large lumps etc, hoping it is just that a over reaction. One will tell.
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I figure the swelling is an immune response within the horse to protect the joint? It's a pity as he is a very well put together horse, just a clumsy boy.
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