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    11-25-2012, 07:49 PM
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Weanling
Pulled muscle or what?

Hey!
Today, I was riding my horse when I noticed that the 3 mischevious Shetland ponies had escaped and were running toward the road (that's not too far from the highway.)
So I had to quickly tie Putts up to an insecure gate panel.
Long story short, when I was rounding up the ponies, he spooked and took the gate with him. I didn't see exactly what happened, but when I came back to him, he had broken his halter off (thank God for cheap nylon, I guess?) and was just chilling with one of his legs cocked. I didn't think much of it until I started to lead him back to the barn and noticed a limp in his back leg. I obviously had a slight panic attack and checked his leg over, but nothing seemed wrong to my untrained eye. No scratches, no cuts, nothing. I don't notice any profound swelling but since he's got his winter coat already it's hard to tell exactly. It's also not really tender either. I was putting pressure on various parts of his leg and he only flinched a little when I sweezed right above his hock (that area) and slightly when I squeezed his fetlock. As I led him a little bit he seemed to 'walk it off', but even after a half hour he's still limping on it and cocking it when he stands.
My dad guessed a pulled/strained/bruised muscle, and I kind of trust that, but I'm still a little worried.
What would you say; should I call a vet now or wait a week and see if it gets better? What would you do?
     
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    11-25-2012, 07:58 PM
  #2
Foal
I would hose it down first and see how he is feeling tomorrow. Maybe some horse asprin if you've got it. You can always call the vet for a consultation if you feel the need.
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    11-25-2012, 09:48 PM
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I hope you learned your lesson not to tie to a unsecure object iv seen horses almost get killed because of that. I would cold hose that leg and see how he's feeling in the morning not sure I give any bute or asprin. That could mask how bad he is and also would keep any swelling from showing. If worse in the morning id be calling a vet ASAP.
     
    11-25-2012, 10:31 PM
  #4
Weanling
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Originally Posted by spirit88    
I hope you learned your lesson not to tie to a unsecure object iv seen horses almost get killed because of that. I would cold hose that leg and see how he's feeling in the morning not sure I give any bute or asprin. That could mask how bad he is and also would keep any swelling from showing. If worse in the morning id be calling a vet ASAP.
Thanks. I think I'm going to wait a day or two to see how it heals. I just checked on him and he's not any worse. Just a little limp. Poor boy
It was definitely stupid of me to tie him up there, I realize that. I'd like to think that I saved a pony (or 3) from getting hit by a car, though, and I needed to secure him quickly and the fence was the quickest/closest. Not a good idea.
     
    11-25-2012, 10:34 PM
  #5
Weanling
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Originally Posted by RustyBucket    
I would hose it down first and see how he is feeling tomorrow. Maybe some horse asprin if you've got it. You can always call the vet for a consultation if you feel the need.
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I will definitely hose his leg to see how it looks.
I'll see how he is tomorrow and decide whether to get the vet out.
Thanks so much!
     
    11-25-2012, 11:04 PM
  #6
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Originally Posted by DoubleS    
Thanks. I think I'm going to wait a day or two to see how it heals. I just checked on him and he's not any worse. Just a little limp. Poor boy
It was definitely stupid of me to tie him up there, I realize that. I'd like to think that I saved a pony (or 3) from getting hit by a car, though, and I needed to secure him quickly and the fence was the quickest/closest. Not a good idea.
Glad he's not any worse we all do things that arent to smart iv been there done that myself. Glad you got thos ponies rounded up and kept them from being hit by a car. Hope your boy is feeling alot better tomorrow.
     
    11-28-2012, 06:05 PM
  #7
Weanling
He still had a little bit of a discomfort on Monday but yesterday I didn't notice a thing and today he seems back to his old self. So glad it wasn't bad! I'm not going to ride him until this weekend, though, just to be safe. He deserves a break, anyway.
     

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