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Equine Health Resource

Bump or Swelling around Coronet or Pastern

Code Orange - Call Your Vet at Their First Available Office Hours

Code Yellow - Contact Your Vet at Your Convenience for an Appointment

Code Orange - Call Your Vet at Their First Available Office Hours

  • If you notice significant swelling or pain at the site.
  • Limping is visible at the walk but the horse does not seem distressed.

Code Yellow - Contact Your Vet at Your Convenience for an Appointment

  • If you consider this a chronic and relatively mild problem that is not changing rapidly.
  • Even if the horse does not appear to be lame to you.

Swelling in this area is common in horses and is often a cause for concern. A swelling may be recent (acute) or longer term (chronic). Keep in mind that even if you have just noticed this problem, it may have been there for awhile.

Swelling here can be serious given that vital structures are present just below the surface of the skin. The absence or presence and degree of lameness is a helpful indicator of the severity of the condition. An abscess that is maturing may cause obvious swelling at the coronet and above. Hard swellings here could also indicate “ringbone” or “sidebone.”

WHAT TO DO

Assess your horse’s general health using the Whole Horse Exam (WHE), assess your horse’s limbs and feet, and look for lameness. Share your findings and concerns with your vet.

WHAT YOUR VET DOES

Lower limb swellings, especially those accompanied by lameness should almost always be promptly evaluated by your vet. Your vet will attempt to determine the structures involved and give you treatment options. Radiographs and ultrasound may be recommended.

POSSIBLE TREATMENTS or TherapiesTo Lessen or Resolve the Sign

Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP

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