My OTTB played a little too hard 3 weeks ago and got himself kicked in the shoulder. As he was dragging his front leg I had the vet come out and he told me he might have a hair line fraction in his shoulder bone. Because of where it is, x-rays are not possible, so we cannot be certain.
He was "sentenced" to 4 - 6 weeks stall confinement and one hand walk a day.
Two weeks into this he is feeling much better, so much better that he has become a terror to take on walks. He does not want to walk, he trots circles around me, rears (not all the way up, just small ones), jumps, spooks, bites (we call him Charlie Cheap Shot, he's just playing, but it still hurts) and so on.
I called the vet to ask if I could let him use his run, so he might be calmer when we go on our walks and he told me either is no good really. If it is fractured, wrong moves can make it worse or really brake it and that might be the end of him, so he has to be as calm as possible. Opening the door to his run might make him easier to handle on the walks, but also gives him more room to do something stupid.
He rolls outside, which he does not do inside and getting up may put too much stress on the shoulder, but him acting up on the walks is not good either and also can result in something horrible.
I'm inclined to open the door and take my chances, but I would feel really guilty if something happens to him that would not have happened if I had kept it closed. On the other hand, if I keep it closed and he hurts himself on a walk, I'd feel really guilty too.
His stall is about 15 feet by 15 feet and this picture gives an impression of the size of his run. Zenfolio | Todd Naskedov | Starship and Wynona (K10D/K-m)
What would YOU do?