Alternative Remedies and Treatment for Horse Filled Legs

A stabled or inactive horse or pony can suffer from filled legs when the water balance between the horse's circulatory system and its body tissue becomes unbalanced.

This unbalance is often caused by feeding the horse or pony too much protein in its diet and not gving him enough exercise which upsets the balance between protein and the blood salts.

The filling or swelling is usually more noticeable in the horse's lower limbs as gravity causes more pressure in the blood vessels.

Some horse owners notice that their horse's legs tend to fill more when they are fed on haylage. This could be because most haylage tends to have a higher protein content than hay.

EXERCISE TO STIMULATE THE LYMPHATIC SYSTEM

One of the best methods for reducing swelling in legs is exercise. So, unless your vet has advised box rest for your horse, turning him out as for as long as possible will help.

HERBS THAT HELP TO REDUCE SWELLING IN LEGS

Cleavers is a herb that can be added to the horse's feed which can be effective in treating filled legs. Marigold is also useful as it promotes healing.

MASSAGE TO REDUCE SWELLING IN FILLED LEGS

Massage can be used to stimulate the horse's lymphatic and circulatory systems. This can work well to reduce the swelling in filled legs especially if the massage is carried out with an oil which contains one or more stimulating essential oils such as ginger, marjoram. rosemary, peppermint or spearmint.

USING ACUPUNCTURE TO TREAT A HORSE OR PONY WITH FILLED LEGS

Acupuncture, a traditional chinese medicine using needles, can also be used to stimulate the lymphatic and circulatory systems in a horse.

MAGNOTHERAPY FOR HORSES

Magnotherapy for horses using equine magnetic boots to treat filled legs can work very well on some horses. The theory behind magnptherapy is that the magnetic current opens up the blood vessels and improves the horse's circulation.

WATER THERAPY

Hosing the horse's legs with cold water is a traditonal method of treating filled legs which works well

HOMEOPATHY - HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENTS FOR PUFFY LEGS

Homeopathic treatments for filled limbs - generally it is recommended to use Apis for a horse that likes the cold, and to try Apocynum for a horse or pony which prefers warm conditions.

Advice about choosing alternative remedies to treat a horse or pony with filled or puffy legs - massage, homeopathy, herbal, acupuncture, cold water hosing