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  • Horse kicked in neck, trachea damage
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    04-04-2012, 05:25 PM
Kicked in the neck

So on saturday Walter was fine ^_^

Sunday it was really windy, and when I went to catch him he walked away, but then stood and let me catch him. When I brought him into the barn he was fine until I started grooming him. He kept tyring to move away whenever I went to brush his neck, or try to lay his mane down which was all windblown. He would sidestep, back up, and shake his head. I lunged him for about 3-5 minutes, not very long, and then stopped. He was acting fine still, but also still wouldn't let anyone touch his neck. Even raising your hand would concern him. So we figured he was playing too hard with the other two year old and got bit or something. So I trimmed his feet and put him back in the pasture.

Monday after work I went out to check on him and bring him in for some lovin'. I went to the pasture to catch him and he walked away from the feeder, but again, stopped and let me put the rope around the base of his neck. When I went to put his halter over his ears he got wide-eyed and backed away. The rope was still over him, so I talking quiet and tried again. This time he let me put the halter on. I groomed him in the roundpen because it was nice, less windy. Again he still wasn't liking anyone touching his neck. So we went for a walk around the property and into the outdoor arena for the first time. When I was done I put him away.

Yesterday me and my mom drove out. We went to check out the new 3 year old app that the BO bought from my aunt and uncle (same place Walter is from), then I went to catch Walter. Well. He was not having any of that. I couldn't get the lead rope around his neck. I couldn't get the halter near him. Nothing. I tried for about ten minutes then called my mom to bring a bucket of feed out to coax him in and let us catch him. Again, nope, no one was going to go near him. At that point I gave up. I am not very sneaky at catching horses. I gave his halter and rope to my mom. From there we removed the other two year old and OTTB from the pasture to make it easier to lure Walter in. It took another 30 minutes, but my mom finally caught the stinker.

Once he was caught he was fine, as in he wasn't trying to run away haha. The BO had been helping us (good friends) and we decided to inspect his neck. Left side fine, although no touching, or raising your hand. The right side we noticed it was swollen. About hoof sized. We've come to the conclusion he was kicked in the neck by either a) Frank, the two year old pony/QH cross , or b) Fire, the OTTB.

Walter is now in a paddock for a few days to allow the swelling to come down. I do not think anything is damaged. As I said, he is moving fine and ran around the pasture well enough.

Is there anything we can do to alleviate any pain he might have? Is there a way to check to make sure there will be no damage? I know, I know, call a vet. Just looking for opinions right now, as he seems totally fine, just worried if you try to touch him.

Thanks in advance,
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    04-05-2012, 10:37 AM
    04-05-2012, 10:51 AM
I suspect the horses have learned to read you and are taking advantage. Don't worry about alleviating the pain, the horse will get over it. They do this to each other all the time. If he's moving around well then it can't be too bad. Don't start giving pain meds unless absolutely necessary as they are hard on the stomach.
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    04-05-2012, 10:53 AM
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As with any other inflammation and fresh injury, you can cold hose or put DMSO on it. It makes inflammation, swelling, soreness and even hematomas and seromas go away much more quickly.
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    04-05-2012, 11:04 AM
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I've had horses with horrible injuries that need painful doctoring every day who still come up to be caught. I think he's definitely testing you, seeing who's boss. Give him a couple days off and he'll be fine.
    04-05-2012, 11:45 AM
Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
I suspect the horses have learned to read you and are taking advantage. Don't worry about alleviating the pain, the horse will get over it. They do this to each other all the time. If he's moving around well then it can't be too bad. Don't start giving pain meds unless absolutely necessary as they are hard on the stomach.

I agree.

If he has a hematoma, you can hot pack to help disperse the pooled blood. By now it's to late to ice pack. Do not apply DMSO to an open wound.
    04-05-2012, 11:46 AM
He was fine to be caught last night. I never have problems with him. He just doesn't want you to touch the owie spot- I wouldn't either, mind you. I've also never had a horse kicked there :/

Thanks Cherie, I will look into that. I think the swelling is coming down a bit with the time away from the boys. They play realllyyy hard. Rearing, kicking, bitting. My horse looks silly with chunks of hair missing haha.
    04-05-2012, 01:17 PM
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Not trying to change the subject -- But --

Why don't you use DMSO on an open wound?

DMSO with an antibiotic in it (no steroids) is the first thing I reach for once the wound has been cleaned and IF it is not going to be sutured.

Just curious why you think it is the wrong thing to do?

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