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    04-01-2011, 11:44 AM
Stall rest - depressed?

My filly got injured on her hind leg on March 23rd. I've been to the vet twice with her and the prognosis for a full recovery is good.

She is only 4 years old and a VERY active girl, we jokingly call her ADD-horse . She always plays with stuff; ropes, buckets, brushes... anything she can get her mouth on.

For 8 days now she's been on stall rest and we're not supposed to even hand walk her until early next week.

I bought her one of those hanging grain/molasses toys and for the first day or two she even 'played' with it, but now, she just stands there, very 'depressed'. She eats all right (though won't touch her grass hay, only eats the alfalfa/mix), drinks and 'poops'... but that's about it.
We have our gelding in the paddock right next to her so she's not alone, they can 'visit' through the panels...

What else can I do to perk her up? Should I start hand walking her already? Any ideas on how to make her happy again?
I know there's nothing 'medically' wrong with her but she's definitely tired of being locked up....
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    04-01-2011, 11:58 AM
I would not start hand walking until the vet gives you the OK.
What is best for us is not always what is fun.
(Isn't that the truth.)

Put her hay in a small hole hay bag, that will keep her busy for a while.
You can hang other toys in there. (Toys can be empty milk jugs, etc)

Once you are allowed to hand walk her see about setting her put a stall sized pen (pipe panels in a square) outside so she can graze and watch the world but is still in a small safe area.
    04-01-2011, 12:18 PM
She is in a panel/stall right now and 'outside' there's still snow on the ground, where there's no snow, there's mud .
Our run-in is 30x100' and that's where I put her 'stall'. She sees the other horses coming/going all day but only has 'contact' to one of them.

That's the thing, she won't play with anything anymore... she used to, now she just ignores it.

I will certainly try the hay bag/net! Though it already takes her a few hours to get through a couple of flakes of hay.

Maybe I just have to take her for a trailer-ride!
    04-01-2011, 12:24 PM
If she has an injury that does not even allow hand walking I would not think riding in the trailer would be a good idea.

Have you ever tried to stand upright in a moving vehicle?

It puts quite a bit of strain on the legs.

New and different toys. Same old toys get boring.
    04-01-2011, 12:29 PM
I was kidding about the trailer ride (hence the smiley)...

I have tried nummerous toys already and she ignores them. But maybe I just have to be more creative. Plus the weekend is coming up and I will be able to spend more time with her...

I just can't stand to see her being unhappy.
    04-01-2011, 12:35 PM
I've been there! When Nelson was on stall rest, he was fine and happy, quiet and calm when the rest of the herd was in with him for the night, but when it came time for the herd to get turned out for the day, he blew a gasket and had a very difficult time dealing with being left in his stall all day, alone.

What helped him adjust, was having some friends say in with him, in the stalls on either side of him. That helped - but you're already doing that.

I wouldn't go against what the vet says, but I am sure you can find creative ways to help your baby get adjusted. You're already doing lots of great things for her! Maybe spend more time with her, grooming her and just spending time with her.

You can try Likits? Uncle Jimmy's Hanging Balls - lol, I love the name. Jolly Balls? Maybe a Radio? What I used to do for my baby, was putting a small tire, a motorcycle tire that belonged to my Kawasaki Dirt Bike, in his paddock, where I would put apple bits or carrot bits inside of it. He would spend time playing with the tire, and trying to get his munchies out of it, but I am not sure if that'll work out with your lovie being in a smaller space?
    04-01-2011, 12:44 PM
Thank you MIEventer! Those are some good ideas!
I did get her a 'Busy Buddy Pony Puck' Busy Buddy Pony Pucks - About Us
And she showed interest in it at the beginning... maybe trying to get a hold of something that keep moving away made her loose interest .
I've put it in her bucket now so she can chew on there (that thing is rock hard! She won't be able to eat it one 'sitting').

I sent a photo of the wound to my vet today and asked her if she would 'ok' some very light hand walking, even just to lead her up to the other fence so she can visit with her sister whom she LOVES so much .

I will definitley spend more time with her on the weekend. Gotta get that winter fur off of her anyways, right? I LOVE shedding season!
    04-01-2011, 02:50 PM
Those Busy Pony Pucks are pretty much the same idea as the Uncle Jimmy's Hanging still get a chuckle...

What you can also do, is make your own string/strand of munchies like this:

    04-01-2011, 02:56 PM
Oh!! I LOVE the strand of munchies!! That's exactly what I'm going to do! *runns of to the grochery store*

Awesome pics too! Are those your horses?
    04-02-2011, 11:00 AM
OUr local tack shop sells the Lick-It brand. My little pony loooooves the banana flavor. I also might have tasted it. Tell ya what.... even I thought it was delicious LOL

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