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    10-28-2009, 01:13 PM
Keeping horse QUIET on stall rest

I have a 11 yro mare that is on stall rest for an inury to a front leg. I need help keeping her quiet in the stall. She's been in the stall for about a month, she had been doing better a couple weeks ago, but is now back to being 3 legged lame again. I would think that she would be a little more self preserving, but she's constantly hoping around and spinning in her stall. She is ridiculously easy to spook (she spooks herself when she pulls at her hay and it moves, or last week I accidently dropped a shovel in the aisle and she flew back and slammed herself into the wall). She's just not a quiet horse to begin with, so keeping her in the stall is making her even more nuts. She gets small amounts of hay throughout the day to keep her busy. And she only gets a small sprinkle of grain (not even half a handful) and an apple just to give her bute twice a day
Can anyone suggest some natural calming supplements? Or maybe a massage I could do a couple times a day that will relax her? I had tried quietex on her before she even had an inury, but it had no effect on her.
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    10-28-2009, 01:19 PM
My friend uses papaya pills for calming her horse. They are people pills so you have to give them about 10 a day but she gets them at walgreens.

My sisters horse was on stall rest for a year & a half [had we known it was going to be that long we wouldnt have done it, but that's a whole other story.....] we got a 'drug' from our vet that is long lasting [like a month or so] for him. We also walked him everyday for about 20-30 minutes. But he had to be aced for that bc he was so wound up & someone had to be on him or he could get dangerous. We would literally drug him with ace & get him tacked up in his stall then lead him one on each side down to the arena & basically run to the mounting block & get one of us on as quick as possible or he would explode. Sorry for the long story !

Also, is there any way your horse could go outside in a small paddock, maybe with another horse ?
    10-28-2009, 01:19 PM
Okay I would say, as a Equine Massage Therapist, stall rest isn't always the best thing. Where is the injury and how bad? Can you post some pictures?

I would be at least hand walking her for half an hour twice a day, she is going to loss an awful lot of muscle if you just keep her standing around. Also moving increases circulation which promotes healing.
    10-28-2009, 01:28 PM
Thats the problem, I can't really hand walk her because she is hopping on 3 legs. I had been taking her out to hand graze when she was doing better, turning her out is out of the question. I took her out for the vet a few days ago and she EXPLODED out of the stall, then could barely get back into the stall because she hurt so bad.
We still do not know what is wrong with her, to be honest. I have had 3 full sets of x-rays on her leg and hoof, nerve block, doesn't react to hoof testers, basically does not react to anything- palpating, flexing, nothing.... no swelling, no heat.
    10-28-2009, 01:29 PM
Green Broke
Make sure she's on "calm" hay, bermuda or timothy, and she has plenty of it to keep her busy. Put a radio just outside her stall on quiet music, classical works well. This will dampen the noise a bit so she doesn't spook so easily. Make sure she has a buddy next to or across from her at all times, so she doesn't feel alone.

Ask your vet about which calming supplements he would recommend. I would personally try something with tryptophan, like Calm & Cool or B-Kalm.

If she's always spooky, you might try putting her on a long-term magnesium and b-vitamin supplement like Smart Calm: SmartCalm - Calming Supplements from SmartPak Equine
    10-28-2009, 01:30 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by horseluver250    
We still do not know what is wrong with her, to be honest. I have had 3 full sets of x-rays on her leg and hoof, nerve block, doesn't react to hoof testers, basically does not react to anything- palpating, flexing, nothing.... no swelling, no heat.
It could be something higher up in her shoulder or possibly in her neck or spine (nerve issue). I would have a vet out that does chiro and accupuncture. They often spot issues that a regular vet will miss.
    10-28-2009, 01:31 PM
Could you build a stall size or slightly bigger paddock so she could be outside a bit ?
I guess hand grazing as much as possible [with a stud chain !] is your best bet until you really find out whats up

Stall rest is hard =/
    10-28-2009, 01:42 PM
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My mare was on stall rest for almost 2 months when she severed her tendons. She got really depressed and dropped a ton of weight, her coat was greasy and her mane was falling out from stress. She also got really nasty in temperment from being locked up. We took her out to change her bandages and hand walk her for 5 minutes a day.

I ended up taking 4 round pen panels and making her and outside stall, at first I put her outside just long enough to clean her stall and then as she proved she could behave(it's the same size as a stall) I started moving her out there for hours and then all day and bringing her in at night. She was so much happier and calmer going outside. I set her up right next to the paddock so she could see the other horses and it made such a huge difference for her.
    10-28-2009, 01:45 PM
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Also I agree with luvs2ride. It's probably higher in the back or neck, maybe shoulders. My gelding ran around on 3 legs for months (hind leg). My local vet took several x-rays and we treated him as if he had a stifle injury but it wasn't. I took him to a race track vet in west virginia, turns out he had fractured his pelvis.

If there is a race track near you, I would suggest calling them to find out who they use for a vet. Race track vets are experts in lameness...

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