Often, modifying your horse’s training or work can help to reduce the irritation and inflammation that lead to the wind galls. Ice and bandaging may also be recommended and can help your horse avoid becoming sore.
How do you reduce a Windgall?
To some extent, the size of the windgalls can be controlled by the application of stable bandages,(standing wraps), but daily use of stable bandages often results in ridges in the hair coat, a tell-tale sign of regular bandaging, especially in show horses.
How do I make my horse’s swelling go down?
The area should be bandaged overnight to provide counter pressure against further tissue swelling or internal bleeding. You can apply a relieving gel such as RAPIGEL® to minor leg swellings twice daily for the first few days after an injury to soothe the legs and help reduce the tissue swelling.
How do you prevent Windpuffs?
There is usually nothing you can do to prevent the formation of windpuffs. Even bandaging and sweats will only temporarily decrease the effusion, which will usually return a few hours after bandage removal. Once windpuffs have developed, there is rarely anything that can be done to correct them.
Can you still ride a horse with Windgalls?
Articular windgalls can be seen in many show jumping horses whose fetlocks become stiff and unable to be flexed to the usual extent. Fortunately, horses appear to deal with these inflexible fetlocks well and are able to continue to function.
What to do if your horse has a swollen fetlock?
Always rest a horse with a potentially injured leg until your vet can assess the problem. Assess the affected area yourself, feeling for heat, a pain response to pressure or flexion of the limb, reduced range of motion, or any other abnormalities. Send a photo of the swelling to your vet.
How do you stop a horse’s legs from swelling?
Gentle exercise such as walking in hand or on a horse walker can reduce the swelling and bandaging the legs can prevent the legs filling when standing in the stable. Turning the horse out will help too.
Why is my horses fetlock swollen?
Usually caused by a penetration wound from wire or a kick, it can happen when any foreign material enters the sterile area of the joint capsule. The pain is so severe that the horse will hardly bear weight on its leg. The fetlock will be swollen, hot and painful, and a small cut is usually visible.
What causes Thoroughpins in horses?
The swelling is officially referred to as a “tenosynovitis of idiopathic (unknown) origin,” although traumatic causes can include damage to the deep digital flexor tendon or hock bones next to the tendon from a blow, or from penetrating injuries or blood-born infections.
Can a horse recover from a tendon injury?
Unfortunately, tendon injuries don’t heal quickly, or well for that matter, and require careful management. Your Vet and Vetrehabber will work together to formulate a treatment plan for your horse, depending on the tendon affected and the degree of damage present in the tendon.