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post #1 of 10 Old 03-04-2017, 02:28 AM Thread Starter
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Another injury..

My horse is a walking tragedy. That's what my mom called him, without even being too friendly with horses.

Yesterday Grand went 3 legged lame.
He seemed to be fine, trotted with a little "disturbance"... but he always has it, it is hard to tell on his hind legs, as almost 2 years ago he messed up his hock and since then he seems to be on and off on his hindlegs. I feel terrible, that I didn't see that as lameness, but he was going fine, trotting, cantering, and even went to jump 2 feet...
then he started resting that foot. 15 minutes later he could barely move forwards. I cooled it down, gave him Arnica for pain, called the vet.

Stall rest. for 5 days on painkillers.
he refuses to let us truly examine the foot. Probably having to use the twitch today to get to that foot, because last year he had cut the same pastern and was not letting anyone near it after a while of treatment.. so yea.. not fun.

This morning some swelling has shown up, from the top of the hoof to about 15 cm above the pastern joint. I can barely touch it, he pulls it out of my hands and tries to kick. The vet hopes it is soft tissue that is damaged, but if he does not improve in 5 days on painkillers and rest, we need xrays...

He is standing and moving around the stall now, but who knows how he will be when we stop the painkillers.

Holding it up all the time while hosing..
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This is about 9 hours after the injury, he finally put it down.. probably the pain meds worked too..
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This is before.. even with the foot up, he was being cheeky.. eats well, drinks well.. calls for me..
He had been standing on the same spot for about 3-4 hours. his right hind was digging into the ground.. I could see he is getting tired from not being able to move, and his tail was swishing a lot...
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yea.. we don't have door, as he took it out a while ago, and well... electric fencing keeps them where they should be better than doors.
His buddies can come see him, they have their water near him.. and I put some hay for them there too...

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post #2 of 10 Old 03-04-2017, 10:05 AM
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I had to laugh at your make shift doors, its kind of like my place. Seems like everyday they break something and I have to pull out the baling twine and whatever else I can use to temporarily fix something until I can do it right. Just yesterday Cloud took out two rails in my wood fence. His back leg is all swelled up. Horses!

So, is this injury going to be a lifetime thing or is it just a luck of the draw? I was just curious if you have talked about maybe doing an ultrasound or x-rays to see exactly what you are dealing with? Since it is an on again off again thing, you have time to really look into different options if you wanted to...

I hope it's just a luck-of-the-draw one time thing... I hate it when animals get hurt :(

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At the moment it is who knows what. Hopefully tonight we can get to evaluate it a bit more..
most likely will have to do xrays down the road, to clarify things.

He has on and off thing with his other leg, this leg has been fine. but now it's bad.. he has never ever been so lame, even with that hock injury he was still walking..

Just have to hope it heals fast and well, without leaving consequences.. but yesterday he was pointing the toe downward, keeping the fetlock joint bent at all times till pain meds kicked in in the evening..

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A little confused, so the injury, or exaberation of a previous injury, occurred because this horse was worked lame?
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Are you sure it's not an abscess? Sometimes abscesses will cause swelling as well.

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A little confused, so the injury, or exaberation of a previous injury, occurred because this horse was worked lame?
No. This is completely different. It is possible he was very slightly lame, but even my vet, knowing him, seeing him also, when not lame, has agreed, that there might be some off steps due to that old hock injury, but this is the other leg, that has never had serious injuries apart from a cut, that did not touch the tendons, just skin.

Now it doesn't really matter if he was lame or not, but something is there and it's painful.

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Are you sure it's not an abscess? Sometimes abscesses will cause swelling as well.
It really looks like it's not, but we will test for that again.

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We are 100% sure that it is not in the foot. It is somewhere in the joint.
At the moment, I have no idea what is working, but I believe it is either or the combination of:
Me starting to cool the leg as soon as I did.
Giving homeopathic painkiller as fast as I did.
Putting him in the stall as soon as I did.
Flunexin doing it's job.
That plant bandage that I made.
The fact that the injury is not as bad as it seemed and is healing fast!!
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I came home the other night after being at my cancer stricken grandpa's all day to find my mare laying down in the snow (unusual), so I went out to check on her and her leg was swollen like a tree-trunk with a one inch deep laceration. Talk about icing on the cake. I cleaned it with peroxide, aloe vera juice, and water mixed and blanketed her so she could lay down again without chilling herself to the bone. I gave her a dose of Liquid Bute and put her in a separate corral so she didn't have to compete with the cantankerous boss mare for feed. I came out the next morning and let her out of the pen so she had to move around on that swollen leg, by the afternoon the swelling had come down so much. I really had to fight to clean it though, she was none too happy about me being anywhere near her leg. Horses, right? They always know exactly when to do something like this.
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post #10 of 10 Old 03-08-2017, 05:43 PM Thread Starter
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HarleyClown - wow, that is just almost evil from the horse...

Mine looks like he has given me a massive scare. Of course he already ruined my hope for some positive emotions and feeling better (since I have been ill for 3 weeks and had just decided that that friday morning with sun was the day to have fun with horses... and mine came up lame..

however, today is day six. He is off Flunexin (instead of bute) and still on the homeopathic remedies. his leg is barely swollen and he walks around the box fine.. Cannot really let him out just yet, because I know he will go bonkers and there is couple of inches of snow on top of deepish mud. No way he is going back out that fast this time.. talking to the vet tomorrow to see what we do further..

but he looks darn good for day 6!

His amazing eye
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His buddy giving me that positive energy on friday...
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Him (the brown one) and his escape partner in crime, the pinto...
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