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    11-23-2009, 03:57 AM
Question Lame Yearling-Advice?

Hey everyone,

Ricky's been back from the trainers, and whilst at the trainers he slipped when galloping to the gate to be brought in. My trainer gave him Butalone and put some RapiGel on it and all seem well for about 2 days.

When we brought him home on Saturday, we gave him 2 satchels of Bute, and on Sunday morning he got another 2.

He didn't get any today, but I smothered his hind leg in RapiGel.

Oh, I should explain where he is lame.
On his near side hind leg. In the muscle above the hock. Not too sure what its called. Its the part of the leg that's above the hock. Mental block, totally forget what the bone above it is called.

He is not dragged his hoof, but he has limited action in it, and that tells me its sore. He lets me touch it and rub it, so its not too tender. A little bit of heat in it, but the RapiGel and Bute has helped that.

I wanted him to lunge him at a walk, but he played up persistently. It was hard to judge it, but I finally got him to walk a circle in both directions without chucking a spaz.

Am I treating this right?
What else can I do?
Is it safe to rug him or will the rug's leg strap rub him and potentially cause more damage?
What kind of injury do you think it is? I think its to do with his muscle.
Would pictures and a video help you give me some advice?

Thank you so much.
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    11-23-2009, 04:02 AM
It could be any number of things that would cause lameness from a fall, the only one that could say for certain is your vet. If he was mine, I would probably turn him out for a few days and keep a close eye for any change in his condition. If he doesn't start to get better or if he gets worse, I would call the vet immediately.
    11-23-2009, 04:07 AM
Thank you. The injury happened on Saturday, and I'm keeping a very close eye on him. The vet is coming out at the end of the week anyway to do his shots, but I'm still worried.
    11-23-2009, 11:16 PM
I second pasture rest. Until the vet arrives, forced exercise may do more harm than good, but being able to move at leisure will probably help, unless it's an obvious emergency.

Keep us posted!

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