Q I own a seven-year old Arab gelding who has a windgall on his
near side hindleg. It doesn't cause any lameness but, because he
has very fine legs, it looks unsightly - it's about the size of
a large egg.
I have tried
a Radiol solution after exercise but it hasn't improved. I have
heard that windgalls can be drained, but I have no idea of the success
rate and what chance there is of the fluid returning. Is there anything
I can do to reduce the swelling as I am worried it may eventually
make him lame?
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are caused by a build-up of normal fluid within the joint space.
Many horses have windgalls and they are not usually considered a
problem, but it does sound as if your horse's windgall is abnormally
swollen. This just means that there is more fluid in the joint than
is identifying why he has all this excess fluid and what is best
to do about it. Windgalls are caused by minor damage to the joint
and more often develop to heavier horses with more upright conformation.
They may swell
up more after work or be present all the time. I would not normally
advise draining fluid in windgalls because, as soon as it is drained,
the joint produces more to fill the space that is left. The best
approach is to tackle the root cause which is some type of malfunction
within the joint. You should consider having X-rays taken and a
thorough examination made.
It is likely
that the tissue which produces the joint fluid is not working properly
or that there is some form of irritation or damage within the joint.
Mild damage or malfunction may not necessarily cause pain or lameness.
As well as
a conventional approach to such problems, I would advise using an
alternative supplement which is designed to improve the way joints
lubricate themselves. They help cartilage, membranes, blood vessels,
ligaments and bone to function normally. I suggest you give a supplement
, and a good mineral/vitamin supplement with high
levels of antioxidants and use herbal formulas designed to normalise
joint function and improve nutrition to cartilage.
If you start
on a sensible supplementation regime and get your vet to conduct
a very thorough examination, you may find this starts to reduce
the swelling or at least prevents it getting any larger in the future.
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