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    10-02-2009, 04:13 PM
  #1
Foal
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I realize there are different levels of being lame and that some can be more severe than others but I was wondering is there an average time period for a horse to get over being lame?

My horse became lame last Saturday. It was to the point where she was limping severely but only when we trotted. Walking was fine. Sunday she was the same. So I called the vet out and he came on Monday. She was a LOT better. I really didn't even notice it anymore. He confirmed she was a little lame and gave her some medicine (I don't know what it is because it's in German.). Anyway, he said to only walk her for a week. (he said I could ride her but just walk.) It is now Friday and I rode her today and she is still lame. I was just curious if there was a general time table for a horse getting over lameness. Does it take weeks or months? The vet is coming back out this upcoming week but I was just curious.

I understand you guys don't know the horse or the severity of the problem so I understand if you don't have an answer.

Oh and should I have even been riding her? Would that have an impact on her getting better? The vet said I could but only at a walk like I previously stated.

Thanks for any replies!
Aly
     
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    10-02-2009, 04:27 PM
  #2
Started
Ok for one. Figure out what the heck is wrong with your horse and what medication you are giving your horse. And I do believe its illegal to give medication without english labeling on the bottle esp if your a vet, it might not be FDA approved and it could be anything. You need to be a more informed owner... you horse could be lame forever or it could go away torrow. Who the heck knows, because we don't even know whats wrong.
     
    10-02-2009, 04:51 PM
  #3
Foal
I realize you don't know what the heck is wrong as I clearly stated in my above post. The vet believes my horse has a contusion in her shoulder (I'm sorry I should have said that). The vet is not some random person off the street. The reason I don't understand the medication is because I live in Germany and I am American. It is a legit medication and I have verified that through many sources. I know that my horse could be lame forever or it could go away I was just trying to be more informed about the situation.

Aly
     
    10-03-2009, 08:13 AM
  #4
Yearling
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Originally Posted by sillybunny11486    
Ok for one. Figure out what the heck is wrong with your horse and what medication you are giving your horse. And I do believe its illegal to give medication without english labeling on the bottle esp if your a vet, it might not be FDA approved and it could be anything. You need to be a more informed owner... you horse could be lame forever or it could go away torrow. Who the heck knows, because we don't even know whats wrong.
that was harsh. Someone is looking for help and that reply will only push new people away. Try to be a little nicer.

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Originally Posted by Alycat    
I realize you don't know what the heck is wrong as I clearly stated in my above post. The vet believes my horse has a contusion in her shoulder (I'm sorry I should have said that). The vet is not some random person off the street. The reason I don't understand the medication is because I live in Germany and I am American. It is a legit medication and I have verified that through many sources. I know that my horse could be lame forever or it could go away I was just trying to be more informed about the situation.
he probably gave you bute. Your horse will not be lame forever (i don't believe). As soon as things heal up your horse should be back to normal. With the fact that your said your horse was already seeming better when the vet came, I don't think your far off. I can't really tell you how much time I will take because every horse is different when it comes to lameness because of different pain tollerances, and how fast they heal.
     
    10-03-2009, 12:21 PM
  #5
Foal
I appreciate your response AlmagroN.
     
    10-03-2009, 06:45 PM
  #6
Foal
The vet likely gave you bute and it works well. Unusally you should see significant improvement pretty quickly but total recovery can take a while longer. Personally, I wouldn't ride the horse until you are sure of complete recovery. Walking helps with circulation but I am not sure about any additional weight. It depends on the condition, but since your vet has not seen the horse yet....I wouldn't recommend riding at all.

My experience has been that the vet normally starts with bute in the absence of external injury so a few days on bute is probably ok.... if improvement is not complete then make sure to have the vet come visit.
     
    10-03-2009, 07:59 PM
  #7
Trained
I would ask your vet if you should be riding her until she's all healed up. Walking does help some injuries, but some injuries will linger on for a long time unless they really limit movement...and remember, if you are giving bute, that will make your horse feel and look a lot better, even though it's still injured.
     
    10-04-2009, 02:54 AM
  #8
Foal
Thank you for your replies. Yeah, I have stopped riding her even though the vet said it was ok. I now just walk her around for 10-15 minutes.

Thanks!
Aly
     

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