Originally Posted by IndiesaurusRex View Post
She may be quite stiff for a week or so, if you can imagine how much it would hurt if you did that, imagine being all that heavier! If it is swollen or hot, I would cold hose it for 15-20 minutes 2-3 times a day, and that should help her with the pain and heat.
Once it has fully scabbed over, with a hard scab, I would start using something like Sudocreme (not sure of the US version? It's like a nappy rash/baby cream, very thick), which will help to keep the scab soft and hopefully prevent scarring, and can help keep the nasties away.
I'd keep an eye on her back also. She may have jarred it a little, as you said she landed flat on her butt, so she may come up a bit stiff. She'll probably be fine, but just look out for any difference in her.
Hope she's okay! Silly ponies... Where's our industrial factory of cotton wool, eh? ;)
She's 12yo with hock arthritis too, go figure! It took a long time with special care to relieve her hock soreness to only having some difficulty on occasion, the left hock is the worst, and her right side of her back almost always has a slight or moderate muscle spasm when the left has none or a little. After she smacked the concrete, I think she reversed her cycle somehow! I checked this morning and now the left side of her back has a spasm, and the right side has nothing. Still a bit warm, same amount of swelling, and very sensitive to touch. I free-lunged her in a sectioned off area of my pasture and behold, no problems picking up either lead, when usually she gives a bit of a fuss for the left lead. I'm glad her right side isn't sore, but ha... now her left is xD
I wonder if I could have done anything? I was nearby when it happened, I just picked up her lead rope loosely and tried reassuring her with my voice. I couldn't pull her or undo the ties because she was already hauling backward. Looks like she learned her lesson though... I put her back in the ties immediately afterward, jiggled the ties and put pressure on the halter, she stood quiet. She's embarrassed
You know I had rubber mats all around her except for that one spot, the walkway? If I wrapped a horse in bubble wrap and foam peanuts he'd just eat the peanuts and colic.