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    06-17-2012, 12:14 AM
Drifter has a NEW problem

Drifter is very sore in the area between his flank and stifle.
That might actually still be his flank? I am not completely 100% certain on my horse body terminology, so if I am not using the proper term please forgive me.

He is not stiff or lame in the leg at all. SLIGHT swelling.But he if you start to rub your hand towards the area he becomes agitated. Will flick/swish his tail at you when you reach his flank and will cow kick if you touch his stifle.

I called the vet (I swear they must recognize the sound of my voice now with all the issues he's been having) and just spoke to a Dr over the phone. I do not have the money to pay for an emergency visit since its the weekend. $200 just to be seen...WHAT?!?!

Anyways, vet said this could be a possible kick area since Drifter is still picked on quite a bit in his herd. There are about 15 other horses out there (maybe a little more) and he is the lowest of the low. He is 24/7 turnout and the pasture is 40 acres. The herd does a pretty big rotation throughout the day and will gallop up to the gate in the morning and evening hours. As I mentioned, Drifter is not acting lame or stiff at all and the vet said I could leave him out or put him in a stall at my whim but is there one that yall would prefer?

Is there something else I should ask them to check for when he gets his other tests done on monday? What else could cause a sudden painful stifle injury? It is only on this one side. His other stifle and flank area are fine. You can rub all over them

I swear. If you ever feel like you have too much money in your bank account and don't know what to do with it...buy a horse
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    06-17-2012, 08:05 AM
Try a different vet. $200 is ridiculous emergency fee. I pay max $80-$100

Is there a knot or is it completely flat? If there's a knot, that's a sure sign of a kick and will take some time to heal. There may be a strain in the muscle from being out in the paddock or could be some underlying issues.

Would a chiro visit help at all? They don't charge emergency fees.

If you cannot get ahold of another vet, make an appointment for a week in advance so you aren't charged ridiculously.
    06-17-2012, 04:01 PM
Agree! But its our college vet school so they are great. And one of the only equine vets nearby. I will call the chiropractor. There's no knot. Just the slightest bit of swelling. I might be fishing with this thought... but would about 2 weeks ago I decided to try just front shoes with him. He usually has all 4. If he is very tender on his back feet in the pasture and is trying to compensate for it could that be causing some stifle pain? I might put him up in a stall so he can rest it. In the pasture the herd does a lot of walking and im afraid that will end up aggravating it further
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    06-17-2012, 11:38 PM
I can't say :/ but check all possibilities and run it by the vet. Maybe make a list so you don't forget what to ask.

Wishing you the best!
    06-18-2012, 12:35 AM
If he's not showing lameness and just agitated when you touch him there it just very well be a bruise from being kicked. Its n9ot a emergency situation so waiting till the week day is okay You could try and cold hose it a bit. But sounds to me like its a bruise.

    06-18-2012, 12:45 AM
Originally Posted by TimberRidgeRanch    
If he's not showing lameness and just agitated when you touch him there it just very well be a bruise from being kicked. Its n9ot a emergency situation so waiting till the week day is okay You could try and cold hose it a bit. But sounds to me like its a bruise.

He is sound at a walk and trot, but he broke into a lope today and hopped on that leg
Also was favoring it pretty obviously when walking down the hill to the stall he is now resting in.

Have quite a bit of vet students at my barn and the consensus seemed to be a pulled or strained stifle. One of them massaged his sore point (while avoiding his flying hoof) and he seemed to loosen up and not be as sore in the area afterwards. We'll see what the vet says.

But just curious... anyone have any experience with a pulled/strained stifle? What is the outcome like?
    06-18-2012, 03:02 PM
Annie pulled her stifle after getting ganged up on at our old barn ( I hated it there for SOOOOOO many reasons, one of which being that my big wussy baby got her butt kicked daily) and was off for sixty days. We kept her on stall rest or in the small 50ft paddock for the first month, then out by herself and in at night for the next month, then slowly back to work. It took quite a chunk out of our training. But she's back on track now (six months later).
With annies it was just wait and restart, but I know of a couple instances where the horses weren't so lucky. Your vet will be able to tell you exactly how bad it is, and what it needs. Good luck!
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    06-18-2012, 05:20 PM
Have you checked his man part for a bean? Is his sheath fairly clean or full of debris. Use KY jelly to lubricate a clean hand to check. Geldings seem to get a collection of dry smegma in there. His being sensitive in the stifle/flank area may be his only way of telling you. Try approaching from the opposite side of his sensitivity. It may not be the issue but a good cleaning will only benefit him.
    06-19-2012, 12:28 AM
You were right saddlebag. My vet decided to check the same thing. I'm so embarrassed.

I know about sheath cleaning and I have done it many times, but while looking over the vet work for Drifter I noticed he had his sheath cleaned (I should say they said he had it cleaned) 2 weeks before I bought him. I should have checked anyways. Oh, the faces he was making. He is still lame in the back end a little bit but vet said with shoes on his back feet again and 2 or 3 days of small paddock rest, he will be back to normal. He just strained some muscles trying to avoid the pain.

I feel like a horrible, horrilble owner. My vet laughed and said he had probably been kicking out everytime I examined his stifle area because A) he was incredibly sore and B) it was his way of saying "its my dang penis woman!!! Pay attention!!" ha ha. Oh man. The good news is he doesnt seem to be holding any grudge against me. I snapped a picture of the bean. Or well a part of it. 3 other parts of EQUAL SIZE !!!! Came out. And a few smaller bits too. The vet pulled the first part out and I was like

Poor Drifter :/ At least its all better now. I had never seen a bean that looked like this one. Blechh

And now that you've seen the pic I'm going to go hide under my rock of shame and nurse my 'bad horse mommy' wounds
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