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post #101 of 106 Old 01-16-2010, 10:34 AM Thread Starter
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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.
I am sorry to hear about your gelding. Makes you wonder what it is that they do to themselves? Have you tried Cold Poulticing his leg? I hope he gets better soon!

How in the world did he break his withers? OMG!

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!!!
It is very depressing isn't it. I just want my horse to be back to normal. I was going through pictures of us before the injury and I sat there and cried. I am so worried that he wont be the same after this.

Everytime I touch his canon bone, he acts with a reaction of pain and that worries me. I asked my BO "What if there is a fracture? Maybe I should get xray's" and she said "nooo. If it were fractured he wouldn't be putting all his weight on it and he wouldn't be walking and he would of had a high fever due to the result"

The swelling isn't going away. The majority has gone, yes, but there is still swelling in his ankle and in his hock.

This is just so depressing.


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.
Thanks Nutty. I'm still worried. There is that nagging voice in the back of my head that something is wrong. My Vet says he'll be fine, but something just keeps telling me - no, no he wont.


To the question about me riding another horse for now - yes, I have options. My BO has given me access to her Irish Hunter mare which I greatly appreciate it - but I don't think I am ready to ride another horse yet.

*sigh* I just want my Nelson, Mr BooBerry to be himself again.

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post #102 of 106 Old 01-16-2010, 10:53 AM
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Tahoe won't allow us to even touch the area so icing it won't work for now. I asked the vet about it and he said "goodluck :)" . Got the same answer on a fracture, that he wouldn't put any weight on it if he had....

Last year, while out playing in the pasture, he went over backwards and landed on his withers. Snapped off about 3-4" of 4 spines. Very painful, long recovery but other than having a concave spot where the spines used to stick up, he's absolutely fine now. It doesn't affect where his saddle goes and it's under his mane which is really good.

Hang in there!

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Thanks danastark for making me feel better *HUGS*

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Its got to be tough after a long day, going out to take care of a recovering horse. I do know how that feels, I can't wait till Saro is recovered and finished so if something ever happens to Vida I'll have a second horse to ride.
Nelson will be all mended soon and you'll look back on this as a bonding time. I know all that hand walking with him wanting to be out with his buddies has to be tiresome as well. Hang in there, and {{{hugs}}} to you both

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Thanks Vidaloco! *HUGS*

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post #106 of 106 Old 01-17-2010, 06:35 PM
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Hang in there!! Nelson will be back to normal sooner than you think! When Sandie had splints and was off, it felt like forever, and then I was afraid even to trot her, always paranoid that she was "off" again! But after a couple weeks and some successful rides, we were back to trotting and even cantering, and jumping again thereafter.

This will all be good again, have faith in that! It's good that you're taking the time now to let him heal properly...which is going to mean a swifter recovery and better down the road as well. But trust me, I understand your depression and fear

Keep up the work you're doing to get him better!! *HUGS from Sandie & I* the browband back and put it on my new dark brown bridle and it looks AWESOME so thanks again!!

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