Originally Posted by Spotted
No I can't find anything wrong, so I'm trying to learn more about it. Its a new horse that was suppose to be injured 5 years ago.. I want to learn as much as possible, so if it does bother the horse or any other horse, then I know what to do and what to look for.
As far as treatment of tendon sprains/injuries, here is our normal routine..
- Separate the horse from the herd into a paddock (or stall if necessary) to minimize movement. If you don't, even a very lame horse will hobble around a pasture all day to graze and be with its buddies. Separating also lets the horse move as/when it wants eliminating awkward movements due to fussing with other horses. Place the horse where it can still see its buddies, if possible, as it will keep the horse from moving around as much. For typical sprains, we do this for 3-5 days.
- Ice/cold hosing, the more the better to reduce the swelling. We typically ice 3-4 times a day for 2 days. You can't do too much and it won't hurt anything.
- Rest. Just because the swelling/heat is gone doesn't mean it is healed. We give at least another week with no work after returning a horse to the pasture.
- Gradual increase work as long as there is no lameness.
There is no quick fix, only rest and time, and re-injuries are common when rushed back into work too soon.