Stocking up

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  • aiellos1 Original Poster
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    I’m looking for some input on dealing with a horse who stocks up. I have a 6 y/o QH gelding. He is turned out close to 24/7, with the exception of rainy days, at which point he’ll be turned in. He is ridden (light to moderate work) 4-5 days out of the week.

    I recently noticed he’s stocking up in his hind legs. I have had this horse for a year and this is the first time he’s stocked up. I’ve been researching ways to treat this. I understand this is a circulation issue and that hosing the legs before and after being ridden can help.

    Are there any other helpful ways of dealing with this problem? Should I be doing more than just hosing his legs? I’m a little concerned because from what I’ve read this happens mostly to horses that are overly stall bound or older. Like I mentioned, my horse is turned out quite frequently and is regularly ridden. Any suggestions?

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    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    If this were my horse, I’d consult my vet. Hosing can help, but what you really want is to find and eliminate the cause.

    It is never the horse's fault

    QuarterHorsegirl800 QuarterHorsegirl800
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    I know this post is dead, but I use Sore No More on my mare. She stocks up bad when stalled or when is in to small of an area. Sore No More is a poultice (I call it mud for short because that is what it looks like) and it works really well for me. I put all over her back legs when she is in a tight space for a while. I also use Absorbine Veterinary Liniment (gel or liquid), I put this on her for short periods of stall time (it also helps with her arthritis pains). Water Therapy helps a lot, I do this also in the summer. Hope this helps and you find some answers!!

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    A stallion that I had would stock up for a variety of reasons, but when worked regularly and still stocked – it was usually due to the feed. At the time he was fed alfalfa and all-in-one. When I reduced alfalfa and added either grass hay or oat hay, our problems diminished quite a bit – he was an easy keeper, so calorie / protein intake was never an issue. You noted that your horse is turned out – is he on grass? If it is Bermuda, and this happens especially in October, Bermuda has a tendency to spike nutrient levels just prior to the first freeze that causes it to go dormant. During this time (in California) I reduce my horses turn out due to a variety of reasons. Also, I found that after a work (when he was stocking up), if I wrapped his hind legs for a few hours, it would also reduce the issue.
    I hope this helps!

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