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post #1 of 3 Old 08-09-2009, 09:46 AM Thread Starter
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Riding horse with hematoma??

Kiara got hematoma yesterday between the front legs (run into the fence). I saw it, so I treated it with the cold water right away, later ice several times a day, and will start warm treatment tonight together with some massage. It's about the size of the grapefruit a little behind the chest between the legs. I googled up and found people are saying very different things about the healing: from couple weeks to couple months before it'll disappear.

So my question is can start riding her, say, in week (may be even just bareback)? By riding I mean something 15-20 mins per day with mostly walk and some light trot. She's young, so I really don't want to do any breaks in riding unless it's really something I must do. My neighbor said it's not that big deal, but I'm still concerned.

And yes, I personally worked when I had pretty big hematomas as well as started exercises shortly after cut in joint and the cast was removed and so on. But I don't know whether horse can handle it or not. :)
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My BO's horse had one in the same place a few months back after my horse decided to kick him. It was also the size of a grapefruit, but he was very sore and had obvious lameness for about 10 days, so she didn't ride him. If it doesn't hurt your horse, I think light work would probably not do any harm and the movement might actually help the hematoma dissolve the blood more quickly. I'm not vet, but when I had a massive one on my own leg, after the initial 2 day stage of icing to keep the bleeding down, movement was the key. Just be careful to make sure it's going down and not get bigger. If it gets bigger, it's still bleeding inside.
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Thanks, MyBoy! She doesn't seem sore and I pushed on it yesterday night and she didn't care much. So may be I'll give it a try end of this week. Will see how it'll go. I did move a lot too when I had my hematoma, but I'm not sure how animals different from people. Lol!
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