If your horse is stables at night try some stable boots or polo wrap :) the pressure helps the blood circulation 👌🏽 Best of luck!
How old is your horse ? My 15 year old has been doing the same since we got him at 12. Vet said it is just from standing in the stable through the night, imagine how you would feel if you stood in the same space for almost 8 hours. We tried living out and that helped a lot, even if you could just perhaps add a little night paddock to his stable that he can wander out to. Just always walk him for about 10min before starting work if he has been standing for a while before. It's just the lymph fluid that doesn't get circulated because they are not moving and then because of gravity falls down and collects in the lower legs.
Tough rock works wonders, and elastic bandages
Legs do go down after walking. I noticed a morning after he had had some time off (4days). I always walk him cool and either shower or put ice man on his legs. Am I complicating this issue? Apparently its common? Thanks for the tips!
- you might want to check on your riding routine, maybe you had been training harder lately and he didn't manage to catch up with the new level
- make sure that after training, you cool down his limbs (best by shower).
- is he sore? warmer-than-usual limbs?
- after walking, do they turn back to normal?
- bandaging will help, but remember that they only compress the area and do not allow to swell. Stable bandages are nor treatment, nor prevention, contrary to the general opinion in such cases. By doing so, you might just prepare the terrain for those marvelous, wavy legs, shaped like that because of accumulated fluids which would normally flow freely through the cells (I do not remember the name of this condition, sorry, but it is something you can easily avoid).
So bandages, in my opinion, only if the vet recommends...