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        10-22-2012, 02:40 PM
    Help me decide if it's safe to ride her.

    Well most of you guys know Selena over reached and hurt herself at the last race. She was limping and bleeding pretty bad, but we wrapped her up and the next day she was barely limping at all. Now, she's no longer limping. She never swelled up or anything. I sat on her bareback and walked her up and down the barn aisle for fun and she was fine, but I'm a paranoid and worried Mom who freaks out over every little thing.

    I mean, I'm sure she's fine, It's been a week since then. The cut is starting to stop oozing and she is running around and playing and being her normal ridiculous self.

    I want to ride her, but I dont' want her overreaching again and I don't want to put my bell boots on and have them rub her cut.

    What do you guys think? Should I just lightly ride her and do a lot of slow things until the cut totally disappears? It's killing me because I want to get back to riding hard with her (She's a horse that HAS to have a job 24/7, and is happy with that) but I don't want to hinder the healing process of the cut.

    It's much easier for me to make these calls when it's not my horse, so that's why I made this thread. LOL I'm often known for taking a ton of extra time with my own horses even after the vet says "it's fine" to ride.
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        10-22-2012, 02:45 PM
    Green Broke
    You can always get some vet tape and gauze and wrap it good just incase she nicks it if you are really worried. This way it wont rub like a boot. I'm not sure how severe the cut is so this is just a suggestion if you and the vet really think she will be fine
        10-22-2012, 02:50 PM
    Green Broke
    Maybe ease her back in with some walk/jog trail rides so she is still getting some excercise but not in danger of over reaching again?
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        10-22-2012, 03:01 PM
    I would take it slow if you are worried about it, just walk and jog type stuff until it is pretty solid. You would hate to have waited until now for no reason if on her first ride back to full speed she re-opens it...then you have to wait even longer!

    As you slowly bring her back up to speed, you could gauze/vetrap it and put the bell boot on- that way the cut has protection from the boot while it is healing, but she doesn't have the risk of injuring it again.

    Best of luck! I know it can be so hard to wait!
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        10-23-2012, 04:09 AM
    What are you putting on it? Vetricyn (sp?) is the best stuff I've used so far. My mare tore open the backs of her hocks and her fetlocks, and they healed up really well. No scar or anything, and it was repetitive injuries on very active/moving joints. I agree with others. Vet wrap then bell boots. But if your questioning whether or not to ride, then don't ride. Or think of her as someone else's horse, what would you do?
        10-23-2012, 02:07 PM
    I just bit the bullet and rode her yesterday. She was happy enough in the round pen to jump and play and fly around like a bat out of hell so I figured she must not be THAT hurt. I didn't put boots on her though, I just did a ton of slow stuff and bending and flexing (The chiro said she needed that anyway) and I think that was a good benefit for her.
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