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post #1 of 4 Old 08-04-2012, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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Kick to the shoulder

I posted a few weeks ago about my newly acquired 30 year old horse that is in huge need of some tlc and time. Every thing has been going well, he is on senior feed and a beet pulp/alfalfa mix. full blown hay and red cell to boost his iron. But, my mare kicked the mess out of him last night. Last night he could barely get to the stall. I wanted to separate the two. Today, I redid his shavings and have kept in there for the day. The vet wants an emergency farm call of 300 just to come, and I honestly can't afford that. I will have to wait for Monday. The vet told me to rinse to get the swelling in his shoulder down, and to alternate ice and cold packs. Also, to give him asprin until he can come and take a look as a temporary pain reduction. What would you all suggest? Attached to the stall is a fairly decent sized area that is fenced off from the pasture with the others, should I let him out there in-case he wants to move? The right shoulder is swollen and due his underweight state, I am worried about this injury.
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post #2 of 4 Old 08-05-2012, 12:17 AM
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It depends. Do you have a picture of the swelling? If there's a chance that the bone in the shoulder was injured, I would be hesitant to turn out with pain medication. If he is normally quiet with little movement, it would probably be okay, but I would prefer my horse be in a stall.

I had a horse that ran into a creosote post with her shoulder and was diagnosed with a fractured humerus. Vet recommended stall rest. A family friend dropped a radio tower through the barn roof (long story). She spooked and tried to run outside to ger run, which further injured the shoulder. We had to put her down.

In her case, it probably would have happened regardless of where she was, but it made me appreciate the possibility of aggravting an existing injury.

Hope he recovers quickly.
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post #3 of 4 Old 08-05-2012, 07:18 AM
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I would liberally apply DMSO, would cold hose often and would leave him out to move around. I would NOT stall him.

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DMSO reduces inflammation better than anything a Vet can do and it greatly reduces the chance of infection.

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post #4 of 4 Old 08-05-2012, 10:41 AM Thread Starter
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Update: I turned him out last night, after applying ice. Swelling was down this morning, it is still swollen. Funny thing that made me think he is going to be okay, when I went to check and feed this morning, he started pawing with his right leg again, which he always does when I don't get food to him fast enough. I have heard do poultice wraps, and many mixed emotions about DMSO. Are there any risks when using DMSO?
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