Originally Posted by mammakatja
Thank you for both your replies. That actually helped a lot. After doing some research on anti inflammatories, I think I may start out by supplementing him with something natural to help ease any pain and swelling he may have going on. Hopefully between that, the joint supplement, and more time off, we'll see positive changes. It would break my heart if this turned into something permanent. I ride both English and western. This guy is my only English ride and I started him on some basic dressage and had plans to do some light jumping with him. His timing is just impeccable with this injury. Flipflop, I am so sorry to read that your guy is permanently affected by his injury. :(
We spent a ton in supplements before we found out his injury to try to keep him comfy (bad hocks too) and thought it would fix the issues we were having. Honestly there are two ways I could think of how he got injured. 1- Flipped over while training at the track (not at a gallop but non the less flipped and rolled as I was told) 2- when we was boarded somewhere they used to just open the gates and let the horses walk into the barn. He ran in, slipped on the floor (had snowballs in his hooves) falling into the wall almost getting himself cast. He's 100% fine now. Just have to take it extremely slowly retraining (like a couple moths just at walk with limited trot) Im lucky, I was told he would never really be ridden again. Did my own research and found that giving him stall rest was the best solution. He got 3 months stallrest (also had another injury) and then pasture rest since that. My current vet thanks me for looking into it further and doing what I did for him.
If it was my horse, I would be getting the vet out and not riding till then. Also limit running around in the pasture. Also if your horse did strain anything or get an injury, go back into work very slowly so he doesnt re-injure anything. If that happens its just going to make the healing process a lot longer.