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post #1 of 9 Old 10-20-2012, 01:09 AM Thread Starter
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Jingles Needed--Stifle Fracture

It has been a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Drifter was apparently kicked in the stifle area at some point either last night or early this morning.

I got a call from my BO around 9 am saying Drifter was very obviously 3 legged lame and that it looked like his old stifle injury was flaring up again. She said she could see swelling. I immediately left for the barn (thankfully I have no class Fridays) and I knew at once it was not his old injury. His stifle was incredibly swollen and obviously painful. We loaded him up and took him to the vet school. Pictures showed there was a small fracture on his tibial tuberosity. Small bone chip is present but they assured me that the chip could be 'reabsorbed'. This doesnt really make any sense to me and I will probably be calling him back tomorrow for clarification, I was just in too much shock today. I heard 'fracture' and immediately started crying like an idiot because all I could think was 'no leg, no horse'. He assured me it can be fixed with a lot of rest. Right now Drifter is on 4 weeks of complete stall rest and than he will be re evaluated to see if he can move to stall rest with light hand walking. Vet is thinking it will probably need to be 6-8 weeks of complete stall rest though

I am trying to find out as much as I can about this type of injury. Some people at the barn have told me it is recurrent. Does anyone have any experience with it? I'm just hoping it heals as it is supposed to so that he can be sound to ride. We have had such a bad few months, this is really just the icing on the cake. My poor boy
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post #2 of 9 Old 10-20-2012, 09:26 AM
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Oh so sorry. I know nothing of this injury but hoping he recovers nicely. Isn't this the horse that you have been fighting injuries all summer?
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Big Jingles! Sending many healing vibes. I know what it feels like, I've been dealing with a leg injury/illness since Labor Day. *sigh*
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Just for an update--drifter has healed up wonderfully! He was on 5 weeks of stall rest and was able to go out in a small pasture at the end of the 5th week. An U/S showed the fracture to not be recurring with the pasture access and hand walking so We have since progressed to light trotting and walking in straight lines these past 2 weeks. He is looking great! I wish I could post a photo but sadly my computer has broken and I am not sure how to post pics from my phone. He still has a long road ahead of him before we can ride as we used to, but I am confident in him. I am busy with school such anyways so it is not that much of a sacrifice. The current plan is to lengthen the amount of trotting within this next week and follow up with an U/S to ensure everything is holding up. Each increase of level of Activity will be followed with an U/S. Please keep sending the jingles. They are working wonders :)
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That is good to hear! Hope he keeps progressing on the road to recovery for you. Jingles coming your way!
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No jingles from me but I will offer up a prayer for your horse! Hope he recovers well.
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post #7 of 9 Old 12-20-2012, 11:09 PM
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When I had a fracture the fear is that it will rebreak but apparently when it heals it is even stronger. It is the supporting muscles that atrophy and that is what needs to be addressed. I had a bit of a limp at first, not from the fracture but sore muscles that were being brought in to play again. Not so much a limp as short striding. I would expect this horse to do the same until the muscles are fully functioning again.
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Still no riding for Drifter, but we turned him out to for a little herd time today. I was afraid he was going to tear around like a maniac, but as you can see from the first pic it was the last thing on his mind ;) (he is the horse without the blanket). We have increased to 20 minutes of riding every other day and hand walking in straight lines for 15 minutes on the days we are not riding. 5 minuets of walking, light trotting and then the last 5 minutes is once again just walking. He is doing fabulously. Understandably a little hyper when getting exercises, and it is usually a fight to get him to stay in a walk/slow trot. I feel like I am rehabbing as well since I have also been out of riding with him! Boy have I been sore after our little jaunts- ha! The pictures below are of him napping in the pasture (he is the one laying with his head forward on the ground like a dog), and then two pictures I snapped of him after his light exercise session. I think he is looking great all things considering! Thanks for the prayers and jingles everyone! Really appreciate them. It looks like he is going to be just fine.
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Sorry to clear up confusion in the beginning of my last post I meant long riding. We have indeed progressed to riding in terms of I'm on his back and he is allowed to walk around for a few minutes, but nothing too strenuous yet. He also still in his small paddock. He enjoyed the visit with his herd today and hopefully he will be allowed 24/7 turnout with them again soon.

It has been raining a lot down here and the fear is he will run around with them, slip in a mud pit and be back to square 1. Vet has also informed me thick deep mud is horrid for stifle injuries. So we are steering clear of it.
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