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post #1 of 18 Old 10-02-2009, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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First my mare, now my gelding... Injury help, please (pics)

My gelding somehow injured himself on Sunday. He was fine Sunday morning, but come Sunday afternoon, I noticed that he was limping... not too too badly, just limping. I checked him over... no swelling, no heat, nothing. Figured that it couldn’t be that bad since there were no signs of injury besides the limping, and put him back up.

I’ve checked on him daily and noticed that he’s gotten a lot worse. Now he can hardly walk and can hardly put any pressure on his injured leg without almost buckling. When he walks, he limps so badly that it’s kinda scary to watch because you’d think he were falling down every now and then. He got in the stall behind the barn and it took me about half an hour to get him out the other day because there’s a piece of wood at the bottom about twelve inches high that he needed to step over and his back leg couldn’t support him long enough for him to get his front legs over it.

I just got back from the vets office a little while ago. I got some bute for my boy, but the woman said that if he isn’t any better in a week, I’ll need to get a vet out to check him over because it could be something really serious, and not just a really bad sprain. My boy’s on 1 gram of bute twice a day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon.

I think the injury is in his pastern, because he’s holding it straight down and is literally walking on the tip of his hoof when he walks, but my neighbor thinks that it could be in his stifle or hock, though...

There’s still almost no swelling (the only way I can tell that it’s swollen a little is if I get down and stare at his legs for a few minutes... there’s not much swelling at all) and there’s barely any heat in the leg (I can barely tell when I feel of it).

Any help? Opinions? I’m at a loss and am really worried... especially since he’s just getting worse.

Pics: (in the pics, the way he’s holding his leg, that’s how he has it constantly [unless he’s holding it in the air] and that’s pretty much how he’s walking on it)







Note: The bute I gave my boy just a while ago seems to be helping just a teeny bit... not much, but enough to let him walk without looking like he’s falling down with every step he takes. But he’s still limping really bad, and will take a few steps then just stop, like it hurts so bad that he can’t go on.

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post #2 of 18 Old 10-02-2009, 05:43 PM
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if he is getting worse by the day and there is no swelling I would be very scared that there is something broken. Get your vet out ASAP!! Make sure he had his xray machine with him.
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Get the vet out ASAP. Don't wait a week, this could be serious.

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Horses are pretty pain tolerant animals. Did the vet try to move it at all? Have you seen him bend his pastern? If he can't, that is really not good. I hope nothing is broken, but I wouldn't wait. Find another vet, but have someone check it out, try to move, do x-rays, etc.

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post #5 of 18 Old 10-02-2009, 06:48 PM
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Of course, have a vet check him out but my farrier always said about 98% of lameness issues are in the foot. Abscess being the #1 problem. Your guy is standing like he has a heel abscess. If that's the problem, having the vet or farrier dig it out will bring instant relief. And about half the time it will reabscess. If it's not in the foot he does need some help fast. I had a brood mare come in one time with a broken leg and it literally just dangled from the break and he's not doing that. Good luck! I hope it's a simple abscess.

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I didn't take my gelding to the vet... I don't have a trailer, nor do I know how to haul a trailer... I went up there, explained what was going on, and got the bute.

We've done pressure tests on his leg and hoof, my nieghbor and I. There's no response to anything, and my boy is just fine for me to pick his leg up and bend the pastern and everything. The bute does seemed to have helped at least a little... he's still limping pretty badly, but he is placing his hoof down flat every now and then.

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I would get the vet out... I would also try running cold water over it a couple times a dayfor about 15 min. To see if that helps.Please call the vet out tho.

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If you have horses you should know how to haul them, it's not hard at all. I would call the vet out very soon. If it's not in hishoof then chances are it's something worse!

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have the vet come to you, most do house/barn calls. Have them xray it for sure, and have your farrier look at him. Injurys are not something you want to put off
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I would get out the vet ASAP and get xrays of the foot up to the ankle. Could be a broken coffin or pastern. Could be a broken sesamoid but I highly doubt it as those don't usually cause that kind of pain. Broken bones like that don't swell on a horse, but you will see extreme limping like this on and off. For example

Our last horse that broke a coffin was La Sourcer Ru. He came out of a race limping extremely, wouldnt put it down, stod there holding it up, etc. went on like that for 2 days, then all the sudden he put it down and walked almost perfect. Then the next day he was back to limping like that.

Get your get out ASAP and get xrays is all I can tell you. Don't screw around for a week with bute, is not fair to him if there is something really wrong.
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