My mother and I seem to be in disagreement over how long our Thoroughbred mare should be on stall rest. My mother went up to the barn to clean the horse stalls and what she found was not a pretty site. The young TB had some how managed to rip her off her entire freaking shoulder. If anyone cares to see the before and afters of her wound I have photos however I don't want to post them here as I doubt Im allowed. They're gorey.
She had to have a lot of stitches. She apparently damaged a nerve. The vet was there from 5pm till 9pm fixing her up. He said she'd be feeling like garbage for awhile, gave her an oral medicine to have twice a day and an injection she needs once a day and said she should be on stall rest till she tells you she's ready to go out. He went away for the weekend. She is on a small amount of bute for the pain.
Well this filly is not feeling like garbage. The morning after she wanted out of her stall. She was very obviously lame but wanted to walk. Mom and I agreed to leave her in. Today was day two. She got out of her stall and unlocked the barn door and was walking her gimpy butt around the field with only a slight limp when I got up there this morning. Quite happy to be out. I put her back inside, fed her and left her inside till later. She got handwalked for 15 minutes before her dinner as she was full of beans.
So here is where the disagreement lies. I dealt with a similar issue with another horse and stall rest did not do him any good. It made him so much worse. So I am thinking limited exercise is a good thing. My mother thinks she should be on stall rest as it's too soon for her to be out and about.
The mare is mine so really my say is the end all but I would like more advice from those who have experienced something like this. My vet is away on vacation for the weekend but will be back Monday to come look at her and see how she is doing. Stall rest till then? Or limitted activity?