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post #1 of 8 Old 06-04-2012, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
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Smile horse with injury lying down alot

I was wondering if anyone on here has had a horse with a lacerated joint (fetlock) injury. We have no infection and he got the injury 8 days ago (so cross our fingers). He is on large doses of antibiotics and I change his bandages every other day. He has been eating and drinking and is very difficult giving medicine to so I only give the bute when he is really acting sore. The thing that concerns me is that he does lay down all of the time now and I am a relatively new horse owner (only a year and a half have I had them) but they do live with me. 2 fold questions, Is he laying down too much and does anyone have any thoughts on recovery time. I do have a vet on the scene every couple days but still looking for additional advice and thoughts. Thnks
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post #2 of 8 Old 06-04-2012, 01:19 PM
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You might try mixing the bute with apple sauce and giving it to him in his feed, if he's not off his feed that might help get it in him.

I'd ask the vet about the laying down. If he's got a nice comfy, sheltered place to lay down, as long as he's getting up regularly to eat, drink and go to the bathroom I probably wouldn't worry too much.
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Puddles, since it's a fetlock injury, the horse probably feels better laying down that putting weight on that foot.

As long as your vet thinks it's well within the realm of normal, I wouldn't worry overmuch.

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post #4 of 8 Old 06-04-2012, 02:32 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone

My Vet says he is looking really good but you know how it is, you still worry and like to hear from others that may have dealt with it as well. He does have a very comfy stall and i just went out there with him and he layed his head on my leg for about 20 minutes then got up to eat so I probably am just over worring. He is very difficult to do medicine. As soon as I put anything in his feed with apple sauce, molasis, chunks of apples and carrots, jelly everything....... he smells it and sticks his foot in it and flips over the bowl and it could be there for hours and he won't come back to it so now we disolve the antibiotics in a cup and add molasis then put it in a wide nose syringe and shoot it into his mouth after coxing him for bout a half hours rubbing the syringe near his mouth then pouring in. Crazy We do the same with the apple flavored bute Like dealing with a 1000 pound 2 year old LOL
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LOL, yeah, only a 2 year old will eventually grow up and take his meds on his own, our horses will STAY 2 years old and fight us every time!
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It could well be nothing & great you've got the vet. I would keep an eye on him & not let it continue for too long. Of course, some horses naturally lie down more than others, but they don't tend to all that much unless there's a problem. Does he still need to be locked up? Was he used to being locked up before the injury?

Did his feed change due to it? Are you just feeding him all those treats to try to get the medicine into him, or does he always get them? It's especially if he gets a high sugar diet &/or he's getting bute & antibiotics that he's become laminitic, so wants to keep off his feet. He could also be sore on the 'good' foot from compensating.

The vet should be the one that could give you an estimate on recovery time, as not only is he a vet, but he's attended the wound & we don't have a clue how serious or superficial it may be.
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If you are dissolving the antibiotics anyway then I would suggest putting them in a big plastic syringe and giving it to the horse the same way you would a dewormer. That's how I do mine.

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vanilla soft cake icing works great in a syringe with the meds mixed in, little bit thicker so the brats can't spit it out as fast..
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