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    04-30-2013, 09:59 PM
  #1
Foal
Fell backward on concrete; scraped hocks, what else to look for?

My Paint spooked in the cross ties, within about 5 seconds leaned back and to the side, the farthest cross tie snapped and she fell over into the concrete walkway flat on her butt with the remaining cross tie supporting. Her left hock hit first, it's scraped about half the size of a fist. Not much blood but her tail suffered the worst, I think... she yanked a chunk out when she got up. I wash it out with antibiotic spray and then put No Thrush on it to keep proud flesh away (couldn't find my other powder for this stuff), and today it's scabbing up but it's somewhat swollen and warm. Keep doing what I've been doing...?
     
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    05-01-2013, 07:22 AM
  #2
Weanling
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? ;)
     
    05-01-2013, 08:08 AM
  #3
Foal
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Originally Posted by IndiesaurusRex    
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.
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    05-02-2013, 11:48 AM
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Originally Posted by TerciopeladoCaballo    
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.
I doubt you could have done anything to be honest, these things happen sometimes, it sounds like it happened very quickly. A horse I work with did the same once, on the yard (not in cross ties though, just one one rope). He just freaked and went up, snapped the baling twine and went over backwards. He was fine, I just caught him and reassured him, walked him around a bit and tied him back up.

It's typical she did it on the one place without rubber mats! And yes, or try and eat through the bubble wrap!
     
    05-02-2013, 11:53 AM
  #5
Trained
Whenever a horse sets back and pulls with enough force to fall backwards, it is a good idea to have chiropractor/massage therapist treatment. Chances are they put something out of whack.
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    05-03-2013, 01:20 PM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by waresbear    
Whenever a horse sets back and pulls with enough force to fall backwards, it is a good idea to have chiropractor/massage therapist treatment. Chances are they put something out of whack.
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Oh gosh, I just had the chiro out the day before she pulled this stunt, I hope she didn't whack herself up bad
As far as symmetrical movement goes, though, I have no complaints; we practiced simple, quick lead changes yesterday better than before. Maybe she popped something into alignment the chiropractor couldn't get? However, stomping due to flies always gives her a terribly sore back for a day or so, the pests still irritated through the fly spray and fan today, so I can't tell if she's any better or worse for the butt2concrete incident for this morning at least.

I suppose what I can do is get her a break away halter and extra break away straps, and start wrapping her legs to ease the fly troubles. Oh, yeah, and drag one rubber mat over to the spot she fell e_e
     

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