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post #1 of 4 Old 03-17-2010, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
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Injury to Hock Joint?

A little over a week ago Thunder twisted or did something to his hock joint. I have already spoke to the vet, and they said by the sounds of it, I need to continue to run cold water over it to help promote healing and get the swelling down. I'm sorry this is a little short, I'm at work, so typing what I can. He isn't noticeably limping and bobbing his head, but his leg is stiff and gets worse with light warm up ground work. After a week, the heat is dwindled and the swelling is almost gone, but the stiffness is still noticeable. Any idea how long an issue like this could last?
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post #2 of 4 Old 03-17-2010, 04:56 PM
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Boy, without more information, there is really no way to tell. Start with this though: Try hand walking your horse for about 3-5 minutes and have someone watch him, does the stiffness get better or worse. If it gets worse, stop immediately and put him back in his stall/ paddock. If he seems to improve or stay the same, try hand-trotting him or lunge him at the trot in a ring or on dirt/ grass. If he works out of the stiffness, great, I'd say that he's on the mend and may just be stiff from lack of exercise/ use of the joint. If he gets worse with exercise, then the injury is still there and I'd recommend having the vet coming out and x-raying or ultrasounding, etc.
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most minor injuries disapate within ten days or so, however if torn muscle, tendon or joint/bone damage healing may take months. if you only have soft muscle damage, heat or cold packs or wraps may be necessary. if no improvement after 10-14 days talk to vet.
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post #4 of 4 Old 03-17-2010, 05:49 PM Thread Starter
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thanks for he info! He has been on stall rest for the past week with light hand walking. It gets stiffer with more movement. :( the only progress we have seen is that the heat is gone and swelling has gone down.

I went to ride him 2 sundays ago and he was leaning to the right and not wanting to push into the trot. I got off and noticed he was throwing is left back leg in and only putting light weight on it. Before we rode, his groundwork was fine and he was running around freely without me in the arena. So I figured he must have done something to it when he was goofing off. The next day the barn turned him outside in the outdoor mud arena, which probably made it worse!! So, for 2 days I put linamint (sp?) on it, on the 3rd day I ran cold water on it and called the vet. He said that obviously without seeing it, it's hard to say, but if I start to see noticeable healing and no more heat that light turnout indoors is good to make sure he doesn't stock up. He said no more linamint, but to run cold water on it daily.

So result is, no more limping, no favoring it, no heat, very little swelling, still noticeably stiff that does not work out.

I do plan on calling the vet again at the 2 week mark. I've just never had to deal with this before. We're not doing really heavy training, just trot work and circles a couple times a week, so I don't know how he might have done this. I always properly warm up and cool down as well.

He is going to be 4 april 1st.
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