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post #91 of 106 Old 01-13-2010, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
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We did a Spyder Wrap on his hock when we poulticed it, but my Vet highly discouraged it.

I just spoke with her today on the phone, and she said no turn out. She is worried that he'll be overly excited when he gets put into the paddock and reinjur himself thorugh excited movement, and we'll be back at square one.

She said 2 more weeks of stall rest, and walking him as much as possible throughout the day's.

So we'll just keep things as is, and he'll get re-asessed in 2 weeks.

My Vet said he should be back to riding and on full turn out in 2 weeks. She wants us to take steps forward and not backward, so that is why she discouraged turn out for an hour for "just in case".

And I agree, I would far wrather play it safe than to jeapordize his hock at this point. It's been almost 2 weeks now, so another 2 weeks should be playing it safe eh?

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post #92 of 106 Old 01-13-2010, 10:11 PM
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Did you see the pictures?
I didn't see pictures of the swelling before the drainage, but I did look at the ones just a few posts ago. Messy, but being looked after towards full recovery and that is, after all, what is most important. Hopefully his hair will grow back nicely and not white. That'd be a bonus.

As far as no turn-out, I understand what you have decided. It makes sense. But perhaps you could still ride him? Just at a walk? I think it would do him good if he is able to carry the weight. Under saddle you could still keep him controlled to prevent injury unless he is typically spooky. Sorry, I can't remember his personality right now.

2 more weeks - wow. My horses would go bonkers. I once kept my mare locked up for 2 days and that was as long as either of us lasted. I made a tiny little turn out area for her -- something like 30 x 30 for the first week and bigger every week after that. I would put her in the barn as late as night as I cared to go out and take her out as early as I could get my lazy self out of bed!
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post #93 of 106 Old 01-14-2010, 09:57 AM Thread Starter
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Nelson was going bonkers at first, the poor guy would get all hyped up when all his buddies would get turned out in the A.M. Thoughout the day, he would pace and scream, until they came back in. Then he'd calm down and relax.

Now, he's much better since he's been in since the 1st of January - both leg wise and temperment wise while in his stall.

I am just super excited about him being able to go back out, and back in the saddle.

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post #94 of 106 Old 01-14-2010, 12:14 PM
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YAY for progress!!!

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post #95 of 106 Old 01-14-2010, 12:26 PM
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Yay things are getting a bit better I know he can't be turned out but at least he is headed in the right direction
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post #96 of 106 Old 01-15-2010, 09:52 AM Thread Starter
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*sigh* I am just so depressed you guys. :(

I know that he is healing wonderfully and I know that he has 2 more weeks to go, but it is depressing.

I hate seeing him in this state, and he's lost weight, and all of his muscle mass since we stopped riding. And everytime I am at the barn, is after work *I get out at 5:00pm and get to the barn after 6:00pm* everyone is there to ride and take lessons and enjoy their horses - while I am doctoring Nelson and hand walking him.

I know tha sounds selfish and I don't mean it to - I am happy to have a horse that is on the mend and to know that he will beable to go back to his regular routine, I know I am thankful for that and blessed for that - but it is still depressing.

I had hoped to beable to join the barn's Jump Team's this season. They start Feb 1st, and the whole barn competes against one another. But I can't join, because Nelson is out.

I know I'll be happy when he's been given the OK to start work - but I am worried of the "What if's" and the "Not fair's"

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post #97 of 106 Old 01-15-2010, 10:32 AM
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Hey MIE...
I am glad that Nelson is on the mend.
I totally understand your depression. While my gelding has his own set of issues, I spend a lot of time hand walking him. It is just about time to get on him. Monday I think...just some walking.
I have been doing lots of handwalking since I got to this barn last May. So I totally understand when everyone else is taking lessons and doing all the horsey stuff while your taking care to restore your horse.
Things will turn around for both you!!!
Hang in!
Here is something to make you smile...
I love the Brow Band you made for me and all the folks I have showed it too Love IT!!!
I will do my best to take a pic when the sunshine returns.....if it ever
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post #98 of 106 Old 01-15-2010, 10:38 AM
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Been following the thread and glad that Nelson is on the mend - hocks injuries are always bad news and keeping my fingers crossed that Nelson makes a full recovery.
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post #99 of 106 Old 01-15-2010, 11:13 AM
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I feel your pain. Our paint gelding injured his stifle/gaskin area somehow and has an enormous hematoma, very lame. After reading your post I was paranoid about it getting cellulitis but so far no infection. It was getting smaller and he was walking on it, then the other night he seems to have re-injured it and it swelled up even more so he's still in the tiny pen..... been like this since New Year's Day. Vet says there isn't much we can do except wait for it to heal...... He's my daughter's Pony Club mount who was back in full form after breaking his withers last year! Accident prone maybe..... Anyways, I'm really glad Nelson is recovering, I can sympathize with your impatience and disappointment. Is there another horse at the barn that needs to be exercised so at least you could ride a little? Hang in there.

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post #100 of 106 Old 01-16-2010, 09:10 AM
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Hang tough, MIE. Yet another day has passed and we're on to a new one. That's one less to go to full recovery!
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