Sprained Tendon... Now What??

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    07-02-2012, 07:14 PM
Sprained Tendon... Now What??

Ok so we found out what was wrong with my gelding. His back right tendon is sprained, resulting in some secondary back pain. The vet put him on an anti inflammatory, a muscle relaxer (for his back), and a cream that goes right on his leg. He's also on stall rest for 2 weeks. I know the medicine is going to help, but what are some things I can do to reduce the swelling and help him heal? Oh, and if you could give me some ideas on how to occupy him while he's in the stall, that would be great. Thnx!
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    07-02-2012, 08:24 PM
Toys are good if he'll play with them. My trainer makes cheap ones by tying a half gallon milk jug in the stall. You can also get those LikIt things or a Bizzy Ball (I think that's what it's called). But probably the best thing is all the grass hay he wants.

There's also a treat dispenser, sorry I can't remember the name, that makes the horse push it around to get the goodies. Sometimes that works.

Did the vet say anything about cold hosing? That's about the only thing I can think of that you haven't mentioned.

Hope he heals up soon.
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    07-03-2012, 07:53 PM
MSM is a great anti-inflammatory. It takes about a week to work, if it's going to work. It's super cheap too. (smartpakequine.com). If you have the money, check out smartpak's tendon repair supplements.
Make sure he has 24/7 hay. If he's bored, he's going to act up and re-injure himself. Two weeks on hay isn't going to make him fat. Get him simply grass hay if you need to.
If he's acting up, ask the vet to bring you some Ace or something to keep him calm in his stall.

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