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    05-25-2011, 01:53 PM
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Lacey fell down....

Yesterday I was lunging Lacey and she apparently decided it was a good idea to, while cantering, leap directly into the air as she went over a small sort of back thing. Needless to say, her legs decided to stop working on the way down (someone needs to tell her she's 26, silly girl) and she fell down hard on her right front leg/right shoulder and slid pretty far on her right hip. Thankfully she got up fine and and though she limped for the first few steps, she walked the limp off.
Her leg was scraped up (a few spots where hair+first layer of skin is gone and one really long hairless spot that has no skin missing) so I took her over to my horse and washed her leg to get all the dirt out of the cuts. I ended up cold hosing her shoulder/leg for about 10 minutes because she seemed like she was really enjoying it (which is a little unusual).

Basically, I'm unsure if I should have my lesson kids ride today. We're supposed to have 2 lessons, both walking with maybe very minimal trotting in one. Of course it all depends on if she's limping or swollen since if she's limping, there will be no riding. If she's a little swollen and can walk it off, no limp, I would figure she's probably ok to ride... And obvisouly, if she's totally fine, she'll be ridden. Haha

But I don't know... I guess it was just highly traumatizing to see her fall down like that! She was so worried when she got up. She had this look in her eyes like "What the heck just happened???!" and she was doing that whole "OMG" snorty thing. Poor baby.

She seemed physically fine afterwards (minus the small scrapes), a little more clingy to me but that's how she usually is after she's been shaken up.

So am I right? If she's not limping/obviously sore, riding is ok but soreness/lameness means no riding and probably giving her bute...

I didn't give her bute last night after she fell because she didn't seem like she was really in pain. Also, she did put that leg forward when she ate her grain so she apparently has no issue with putting quite a bit of weight on it, at least last night.
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    05-25-2011, 01:58 PM
I really can't see how a bit of walking and light trotting would hurt her. Of course, if she's obviously limping badly, I would probably skip lessons this time. IMHO, even just a bit of a limp would be okay for a short, light ride. The activity may help her from swelling up too bad or getting too sore.

Silly old girl, nobody told her that she's at the age where she's supposed to just plod along like a dead-head LOL.
    05-25-2011, 02:07 PM
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:( I was just thinking about Lacey and saw this ad...I hope she is okay!!! Gidget had a fall like that and got cut up..she did the purring/snorting thing.We bandaged her up...long story..will PM you...anyways,I think so some walking and a light trot would be good so she won't get stiff..see if she is sore or not and if so maybe give her a previcox or bute
    05-25-2011, 03:34 PM
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Thanks for the advice and reassurances!

I went over there [just got home from school for the day] to put her blanket on.
I made her walk over to me which she did while nickering softly at me for her blanket like I was the best servant ever. Haha
Within that 5 step walk she wasn't limping, she didn't want to pivot on that leg to turn around like she usually does [she tried but suddenly lifted up her leg mid-turn like it didn't hurt at first then "Ouch!"] either but a little soreness is to be expected, I'd think. I got her blanket on and checked out her leg which is pretty swollen (it looks basically like a solid mass from her knee to fetlock) but she had no issue with me touching it or even gently squeezing it. It wasn't hot either, just swollen.
After I got her blanket on, she happily walked off to her buddies so I'm assuming that if it hurts it probably doesn't hurt too badly.

I think I'm not going to let the more advanced lesson kid trot today because of her leg and because it's raining, that sounds like a dangerous combo to me = a maybe ouchy horse trotting on mildly slippery ground... O.o
However, I did think of a fun game for us to play, it's called "find the swollen leg and once you find it, examine it for why it might be swollen, then make a guess as to what happened". Hahaha It'll be good practice for her for when she has a horse and she loves playing "vet". LOL! And then when she's riding, I'll just come up with some more patterns for her to do around buckets and over ground poles. It'll be fun.
And then the second lesson, it's her second time riding ever so Lacey just takes her in a circle on the lungeline veeeerrrrrryyyyy slowly and we practice turning and stopping, so it'll be good gentle excersise.
    05-25-2011, 04:07 PM
That sounds like a wonderful plan .
    05-25-2011, 09:38 PM
Do you think this is related to her neurological problems?
    05-25-2011, 10:30 PM
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Originally Posted by bubba13    
Do you think this is related to her neurological problems?
I don't think so, however that did cross my mind. She was being really full of it (the "Crazy Ay-rab" switch had been flipped, LOL!), the ground was the littlest bit slick, and I think she just took a spill because she forgot to really think her actions through. I worded it a little bit dramatically in my first post. What happened was she came down from this air maneuver, her right hind leg slipped on the little bank thing she came down on and went under her-tripping her left hind, her back end then went down while her front end scrambled to keep her up, then she slid over her right front leg with her left front still out, scraped up the right leg, stopped sliding, and got to her feet very gingerly and carefully. She obviously knew where all her legs were and she was really calm about it (I would figure that a horse that had suffered a neurological thing would be less calm in a situation where their legs went out from under them, but I could be wrong). She didn't thrash around, she just let the fall stop itself once she realized that she couldn't fix it. But yeah, I think it was just a case of the older mare forgetting her age and trying to be silly.

The vet who checked her out (one of the best in the area, no one I've talked to about her has any complaints and she has her own column in the local newspaper) a few weeks ago said that there was a slight possibility of something neurological like Wobbler's from a spinal tumor going on (among a whole host of simpler things that could have similar manifestations) but that it wasn't anything to worry about unless it started being more apparent since there are so many other things it could be.
I have since decided that I'm not going to worry about all the things it could be and just enjoy her. The most likely cause is that she's just aging. She is 26 and though she's been acting 5 for the last 3 years, her age has to catch up to her one day. She's a very smart mare and she lets me know whenever something isn't "right" so I have no doubts that if she felt at all like her body wasn't ok, she'd do everything possible to let me know. Since she's acting like her body is ok, I'm going to trust her on that one and not worry too much, like my nature wants me to, about the mild possibility of neurological issues.

Also, I gave her a little bute with her dinner (.5 grams) just to take the edge off because she was walking a little gingerly during her lesson earlier. Thankfully the later lesson cancelled. She'll have all day tomorrow off except for maybe a walk in-hand on a trail just to get her moving.

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