box rest
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health

box rest

This is a discussion on box rest within the Horse Health forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Horses category
  • Box rest
  • Entertaining a horse on box rest

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    07-26-2012, 05:40 PM
  #1
Foal
box rest

Hey every one!
My horse has just had an op, he had chips in his pedal bone, front legs, the op was a success and he is still at the clinic.
He comes back in a few days and then has 2 weeks box rest.
Anyone have tips on what to do for a horse in box rest?
Note: he is very nervy in the stable and wants to know EVERYTHING that's going on. He's also a very big guy, almost 17.3hh(180cm) and acts like a stallion...he is also a poor eater.
Anyone have experience with box rest and have tips? Want to make my baby boy as comfy as possible!
Tips Would be much appreciated!
Thanx xx
Posted via Mobile Device
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    07-27-2012, 06:34 PM
  #2
Weanling
Ouch!!!!!
     
    07-27-2012, 07:04 PM
  #3
Green Broke
Never had a horse on box rest but maybe you could put a ball or likit in his stall to keep him entertained...and maybe some calming supplements if he starts getting agitated being stuck there?
     
    07-28-2012, 12:07 AM
  #4
Trained
What's the reason for the vets advising boxrest? Has he got wounds & you can't keep them clean outside? If it's only a case of him needing to 'rest' for another couple of weeks - or there's an outside place you can keep the wounds clean, I'd keep him out in a small yard rather than boxed if he's nervous about it.

What do you mean a poor eater? Free choice hay is no.1 requirement for horses that can't graze.
     
    07-28-2012, 02:30 AM
  #5
Foal
He is very fussy with his food and any stress he usually won't eat.
He has been very good so far.
He can only be worked again in 3 months, beacause the operation was in his leg and so the affected ligaments need to heal after the chips have been removed so he cannot move around like he would in a paddock as he would cause damage to his leg... After 2 weeks box rest he is allowed to move to a small paddock though. Because he isn't allowed to move we're going to have to sudate him, so he doesn't hurt himself, my poor boy :(...
Posted via Mobile Device
     
    07-28-2012, 02:59 AM
  #6
Trained
If he's too stressed kept in a box, he might actually move less if outside in a yard & more relaxed. Esp if he goes hungry for any length of time from stress and also to help counter side effects of meds he's on, I'd feed him a probiotic with free choice hay & low starch diet.

Curious to know exactly where the bone chips were if they got to them through the leg? What was the cause? Osteoporosis, accident...?
     
    07-28-2012, 06:15 AM
  #7
Foal
Maybe some calming supplements if he starts getting agitated being stuck there?
     
    07-28-2012, 07:55 AM
  #8
Foal
Ya, he has all the supplements and stuff... Vet has no idea how it happened but she sais it is very old injury, before we even got him even (had him 2 years) overlooked them on x-rays when we bought him because you couldn't see them from the angle he was x-rayed. The chips get bigger as they calcify and because we want him to still be ridable for many years the op was the only solution... He is NOT allowed to be out of the box as he needs a sterile environment and is not really allowed to walk for 2 weeks....
I am really worried at the moment because the vet at the clinic(seb is still there) told us he had very mild colic this morn... Went to visit him and he was okay, just very worried... My poor boy :(
Posted via Mobile Device
     
    09-04-2012, 03:17 PM
  #9
Foal
Seb is looking great! He is out of box rest and is allowed in a small paddock, where he is very happy next to *his* mare Leyla. He has lost muscle of course but not much, he is also suddenly gained appetite and is eating great!
So releived my baby boy is okay! Thanx for all the advice
Posted via Mobile Device
     
    09-25-2012, 06:23 PM
  #10
Foal
Can ride Seb again in a month! Super excited!!!
Posted via Mobile Device
     

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
She has to rest... So what can I do with her? manca Horse Training 2 12-04-2011 09:33 PM
Having a rest Midnight Angel Horse Pictures 7 11-03-2010 12:37 AM
How long should she rest? skittle1120 Horse Health 5 04-17-2010 12:25 PM
How long to rest? XxemmafuriaxX Horse Breeding 8 02-17-2010 01:58 AM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:53 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0