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    06-24-2011, 11:04 AM
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My mare is on stall rest... what now??

On Wed night my mare April was found in the run-in shed with her holding her back leg up and blood running everywhere. We are thinking that she got into it with a pasture mate and kicked through the shed wall... wood and tin (we know she kicked through the wall since there was blood and a hole.)

She lost a lot of blood and sliced herself deep into the pastern, through a section of the cornet band, and into the hoof. We even found a chunk of tissue in the shed. You could easily stick two fingers into the cut.

The vet came out right away and was able to stop the bleeding and sew her up to keep her stable through the night. Yesterday I took her into the clinic where she had surgery to wire her hoof back together and then they casted everything up.

I am going to be picking her up today and she will be on a 4-8 week stall rest (the range in time is dependant on how well she heals). The vet said that the most movement out of the stall she will be able to do is to go into the cross ties while we clean the stall. I have already talked with the barn owner and she owns 6 horses she each horse will spend one night a week in the barn with April and throughout the day we will open the top of the dutch door so she can look out and get some air and sun. I got her a nibble net to hopefully slow down her hay eating throughout the day.

I am worried about two main things though... I will have to cut her grain way down now that she wont be moving (I do not want colic, founder, or heavy weight gain). What supplements are recommended to keep her healthy? Also what to do about the attitude? She already can get a bit crabby and now that she is in pain and will be locked up Im worried she will get really bad. How does one go about helping make things better?

I have been very lucky in my horse career and have only had one other horse that required more then normal vet care. However she wasnt on pure stall rest and could be walked around 3 times a day at 20 minutes a time.

Thanks everyone for in advance for the help... it has been a rough couple of days
     
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    06-24-2011, 11:16 AM
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So sorry about what your mare did to herself. So frustrating how they seem to find such creative ways to do damage.


I agree with the idea of cutting her grain down to basically nothing. Nibble net is a great idea (I also find the small hole hay nets work well). I am guessing that if you can keep hay in front of her for most of the day she will fare this stall rest situation much better than she has in the past.

Does she have any toys in her stall? Hanging toys that change can keep the mind busy too.

Healing vibes!
     
    06-24-2011, 11:27 AM
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Sorry to hear about that! I can totally relate, I have one who is just now getting back into the normal swing of things. He had a bad tendon injury & was on stall rest for months with minimal handwalking after the first month. Being a 4 yr old stud, I dreaded stall rest with him even though he's a good boy.

I second the hay net with the small holes to keep her busy. I also hung milk jugs to bang around, a lik-it and the barn cat already lives in his stall so he had a buddy around for what a cat's worth anyway. Lots of grooming & just hanging out. I got to the point where I'd sit and read Equus mag out loud to him, balance my checkbook, etc.

After the first couple of weeks he decided the pampered life wasn't so bad. He quickly became the shiniest horse on the place even in winter fuzzies :) He was also the guinea pig to teach my daughter how to braid. He was getting all done up by my 6 yr old more than her barbies!

I did take his grain away, minus a small amount just enough to give him supplements & meds. He was on bute for a bit, SmartRepair, Yucca & U-guard. I think something for ulcers is probably a good thing for any on stall rest as it can be a stressful situation for them.

Hope she has a complete & quick recovery!
     
    06-24-2011, 03:02 PM
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Thanks for the info!!! I will be picking her up after work today and will get more information from the vet. I did buy her a jolly ball that I will hang in her stall and there is a mineral lick as well.

I was thinking about the grooming thing the other day... I always wanted to learn how to braid and never really had the time, looks like I will have the time now. I just feel really bad for her but I guess things just happen sometimes.

Now my next fear is finding out how much the vet bill is.
     
    06-24-2011, 11:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Angel_Leaguer    
Thanks for the info!!! I will be picking her up after work today and will get more information from the vet. I did buy her a jolly ball that I will hang in her stall and there is a mineral lick as well.

I was thinking about the grooming thing the other day... I always wanted to learn how to braid and never really had the time, looks like I will have the time now. I just feel really bad for her but I guess things just happen sometimes.

Now my next fear is finding out how much the vet bill is.
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    06-24-2011, 11:38 PM
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Just wanted to say good luck to you! And I second the vote for an ulcer preventative...I had a gelding on 8 weeks of 24/7 stall rest, and I did the smartpak product Smartgut as a precautionary measure. He cane through fine, and has now graduated to limited turnout! Hope your mare heals fast and well!
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    06-24-2011, 11:56 PM
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Also what to do about the attitude? She already can get a bit crabby and now that she is in pain and will be locked up Im worried she will get really bad. How does one go about helping make things better?
Spend as much time with her as you always would, even if it is just being with her in the stall at times. Although it may not be exciting for you, in my experience horses that get a lot of attention ('mothering') during these times become very good patients.
     

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