Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
I think her splint popped.... Now what?
The other day when I went to the barn, Ricci was doing some moves in her stall that would make any reiner jealous. I couldn't keep her inside anyomre. I could either turn her out, let her have a two second gallop and a buck, or watch her spin in crazy figure 8's for hours. I put her outside.
The next time I went out [that night], all the swelling that had gone down her leg/tendon was gone, and it was just swollen around the bump/injury/splint. The next time I went out [that would be yesterday morning] there was a hard lump. It's only the size of my pinky nail, it's very small compared to what I thought a popped splint would look like.... Is it not a splint? It's bone-hard, not tissue hard. It doesn't move, and it doesn't hurt when I palpate it rather roughly. I tried to take some pictures, but you can't really SEE it right now. Or ever, for that matter. But maybe they'll help?
Anywho, I let her stay outside, because being out had seemed to do her some good. I put polo wraps on her just for the little bit of extra support. That evening, it was a little more swollen and she was more lame than she ever was since this happened [although still not very lame at all, it's still hardly noticeable]. The ding dong had decided to jump over some things in the pasture. She stayed inside last night, I put some liniment on it and stable-wrapped her legs.
My question is; now what? It's popped, and I was told to give her 30 days off and I will, but turn-out wise? I can't keep her in her stall for that long again unless I want to sedate the daylights out of her. She HATES it. It's not me feeding too much energy [four flakes of grass hay, maybe half a pound of alfalfa pellets a day], it's her having never spent so much time stalled in her life. Even in her show days, her owners let her be a horse as often as possible.
I was thinking I could turn her out at night, when I have them locked in the front, smaller pasture. There's not a lot of grazing or anything, but plenty of room to gallop around if they wanted to. But she would be calmer then than if I put her out during the day in the other pastures. This way, she can be out, her and Gracie won't be so depressed and lonely, and I won't feel like such a witch anymore.
Thoughts? Sorry for the novel, I just try not to leave anything out...
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