Lymphangitis in Horses

Many horse owners are faced with what is unscientifically called a “fat leg” in their horses. You walk into your field or stall to catch your horse, and there he stands, lame, with one leg swollen from the stifle down to twice its normal size. There are many things that can cause this condition, and some of them are life-threatening.

If a horse is found with one leg swollen as

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Many horse owners are faced with what is unscientifically called a “fat leg” in their horses. You walk into your field or stall to catch your horse, and there he stands, lame, with one leg swollen from the stifle down to twice its normal size. There are many things that can cause this condition, and some of them are life-threatening.

If a horse is found with one leg swollen as described above, you immediately should call your veterinarian. Once your horse has been examined and determined to be out of danger, there still is the problem of establishing what caused the leg to “blow up” in the first place.

That is the difficult part

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Les Sellnow was a prolific freelance writer based near Riverton, Wyoming. He specialized in articles on equine research, and operated a ranch where he raised horses and livestock. He authored several fiction and nonfiction books, including Understanding Equine Lameness and Understanding The Young Horse. He died in 2023.

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