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post #1 of 12 Old 07-17-2013, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
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Accident Prone Horse, Not Sure What To Do...

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So .. I've come to the conclusion that Cowboy has bruised his tailbone. He was playing in the field with his herd-mates, reared up and fell on his bum. It was really terrifying, especially when he got up and you can instantly tell it hurt. He is not limping at all, but will arch his back dramatically if you touch his tailbone, and is pawing and trying to bite at his bum. Does that sound like a bruised tailbone? If it is, what do I do? I tried searching it, came up with nothing but tailbone bruises in people.

Should I give him Bute? I cold hosed his back, and that seemed to help him feel a little better. Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 12 Old 07-17-2013, 05:36 PM
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I'd call a vet...he could have broken it or messed up with his sacral alignment, hips, loins...he might need xrays or a chiropractor. It sounds like more than a bruise to me.

Don't give him bute, it will just make him forget he's hurting and he could damage it more. Wait and see what your vet says.

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Vet, sooner rather than later.

Something is seriously wrong here.

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Okay, so we called the vet and explained all of his symptoms in detail. The vet said that it sounded like he would be fine with a few days of just wandering around the field, and 4g of Bute a day. 2 in the morning, 2 at night. As he seems to get better, give him less. If there is no improvement in a week, call back. We gave him 2g today and he was definitely in less pain. No more pawing, no biting. He would just chill out. Not quite as active as normal, and would press his bum into the walls, but other than that, same old Cowboy. Eating and drinking normally.

I've looked at all the worst possible scenarios, and I'm seeing that it could have been a lot worse... He seems fine now, though. He will definitely be under a close watch. Thank you for your guys' input. It really means a lot.

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That is ALOT of bute. Whew. Definitely try to wean him off it asap.

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It might not be 4g, it might be 2g. I know it's 2 scoops in the morning, and 2 at night. I think the scoops are ... 0.6 oz?? So it might be a total of 2g now, and it goes down from there. Sorry about that! Brain got all clustered. That sounded like a lot of Bute when I typed it out ...

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I sure hope for his sake that its 2g instead of 4 O_o that could very seriously mess with his internal organs. Make sure he's got hay to munch 24/7 so it isn't as hard on his stomach lining. I only gave 1.5g of Bute for a few days to my horse when she nearly tore off her entire ear!

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Yep, I was wrong, it's two. He's already doing much better today though, and is getting a little careless like someone mentioned, so I might go ahead and cut that back a lot. Vet said 2g for at least 4 days ... I'm not sure I'll be sticking to that. The last thing I need is him getting ulcers.
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4 days of bute shouldn't hurt him, but the better he feels, the more active he'll be before he's healed up. We keep use of bute to an absolute minimum.
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@PaintHorseMares -- I am the same way you are. I don't like to use bute at all, really. Banamine, when they're colicing, I'll give pretty easily, but not Bute; but he was in a good amount of pain when he did it, so I decided to go with what the vet said. I only gave him 1g this morning, 0.3oz tonight. Even so, I'll probably be getting some Anti-acid tablets and getting some of those in him to counter-act any possible ulcer build up. Is that too many drugs in his system, though?? Should I wait until I'm not using bute any more to feed him anti-acids??

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