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    05-13-2010, 01:48 PM
Horse injury

I know I am new here and will post a introduction soon but I have a injured horse I could use some suggestions on.
Last week Thursday, my trainer decided to pull the girth to tight on a horse. Only reason I have a trainer is because this horse has been bucking lately and my back just can't handle it. Anyways, with the girth to tight the horse flipped out. Started bucking and running, destroyed a chair, some fencing before running across the street. She fell on her front knee before skidding across the street. She immediatly got up and started to buck again into the woods before running back into the barn.
The trainer insisted to let it go, she will be fine. I treated her wounds anyways, just who I am. I stayed at the barn until about 11, she was acting fine. The next morning I was back at 8am and she just turned for the worse.
She walked sideways, shaking from pain. Her knee is severly swollen and she has some proud flesh. We called the vet in, got her on antiobotic SMZ for a week and bute to help with pain. She had cold hose soaks twice a day and on stall rest.
Now it has been a week and she is still swollen. Very lame and we have been trying to get her to flex her knee which she does but with resistance. We have a concern about her muscles in her knee.
Just wondering if anyone else has any suggestions to try??

I was mentioned this morning to look into joint capsule infection :(. I do have pics but no clue to be honest if they should be posted being so graphic and also no idea how!!

Thank you in advance.

PS, I did mention to the trainer the next day what had set the horse off. She had indentation marks from the girth. She said unlikely and it was probally a bee sting. I am still trying to make sense on how a bee sting can cause two vertical lines on a horse resembling girth lines... needless to say she is not coming back
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    05-13-2010, 01:56 PM
Green Broke
Since the vet is already on the case, I would be discussing this with him/her
    05-13-2010, 02:19 PM
If my horse is swollen my vet reccomends light walking to reduce some of it to make them more comfortable. Obviously if your mare is in alot of pain extra walking is probably the last thing she needs. I use Manuka honey on cuts all types and it helps them to heal up nicely it must have a UMF of above 20 though to be any use with fighting infection etc.
    05-13-2010, 02:21 PM
Originally Posted by themacpack    
Since the vet is already on the case, I would be discussing this with him/her

I have, the vet seems to think to let it go. They told me this with my filly also when I called and reported her spacey. They probally think I am a little crazy. But I know my horses and know this is not normal. Turned out in a few hours my filly went into full blown colic.
I just think this is more than what the vets think!
    05-13-2010, 02:23 PM
Originally Posted by MaggiStar    
If my horse is swollen my vet reccomends light walking to reduce some of it to make them more comfortable. Obviously if your mare is in alot of pain extra walking is probably the last thing she needs. I use Manuka honey on cuts all types and it helps them to heal up nicely it must have a UMF of above 20 though to be any use with fighting infection etc.

We have been walking her daily for exercise and to avoid colic. But only to what she can handle...we won't push her to far.
I will look into Manuka honey... thank you!!

Anyone have experience using rose mary? I was mentioned to try that to help with the swelling.
    05-13-2010, 03:22 PM
Well, injuries as severe as the one you describe can take a lot of time to heal. And the purpose of swelling is to immobilize the affected area, so I wouldn't be trying to flex it much.

If you think the vet is wrong, get a second opinion. I live about an hour and a half from my equine vet. There is a GP ten miles down the road. If I have an issue, I call the GP (she is much better with horses than our last GP). If I don't like what I'm hearing, or if she suggests it, I call the equine guy. There are some situations in which I immediately call the equine vet, but those are rare. The point is, not all vets are created equal. I am in no way trying to malign ANY vet, but if you are not satisfied, you might consider finding another. Keep in mind, though, that some owners often don't like what a vet tells them regarding treatments and/or recovery times. I had a horse go through the trailer floor while it was going down the road, and it took a loooooong time to heal. I really felt bad for him, and I was impatient to see him better, but I followed every single step of the treatment plan because I knew the vet was right.

What do you consider severe swelling? I would go ahead and post the pictures, maybe put a "graphic images" warning in the thread title if you feel that's necessary. But pics will definitely help the rest of us give you advice.

Good luck!
    05-13-2010, 03:35 PM
I have no idea how to attach photos??
    05-14-2010, 03:24 AM
Just making sure I can do this.

Okay, got it figured out. First, go to the Post Reply button (not the quick reply section). Scroll down to the Additional Options section, and click Manage Attachments. A window pops up, and there is a table that shows file tags and the allowable size of the pictures. Once you are sure your pic is the right size, click the Browse button, find your file, and attach it. Click the Preview Post button to make sure it worked. I hope this works for you! I'm not sure how to upload a photo from a URL, sorry.
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    05-14-2010, 12:25 PM
Pictures of injury

Thank You for explaining....

We now have a new concern, when she walks her back leg shakes and walks at a angle with it. :(
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    05-14-2010, 03:49 PM
Oooo looks like one my horse get last year I was reccomended by 3 vets to get a new clean natural bristled nail brush then get boiling water and salt firstly scrub it to ensure its clean.

Then out some drops of tea tree oil into a baisin of water and clean the cut thouroughly with that.
(As my girl started to heal up I stopped the nail brush and just put one straight drop of tea tree into the cut twice a day which kept it lovely and clean.)

Then I would put manuka honey on a poultice and strap her twice a day between hosing untill it started to look clean with new skin coming up at that stage strap it only at night to allow air at it.

For the shking walk id get a vet out for that definitely I have no clue at all!!

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