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        05-22-2010, 04:39 PM
    Yes she can go out in a small paddock. My other horses cannot be in with her. She is never allowed out with my pony as she is nasty to her and my gelding his her play mate. They chase each other non stop for hours. She has the company of them over the fence but she won't be turned out with Cougar until her stitches are out because they play rough.

    She has no limp today and wasn't given bute this morning. She got out for a small walk and was allowed to eat some grass. She seems pretty happy just to be showered with all the love she's been getting. So far so good. Lets hope she keeps healing this nicely.
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        05-22-2010, 04:59 PM
    The horse needs to stay in a small space.. My guestimate is 30 days for that wound to heal. Hand walk as much as possible... or turnout in a small pen where they can't work up to a trot but something outside.

    Hay should be infront of the horse 24/7 and I would to 3 days bute and 1 day off for a week or two. You could try toys as well to alleviate some boredom.
        05-22-2010, 05:23 PM
    Good news I just found out:

    So I misheard my mother. She had an exposed nerve but NO nerve damaged. It wasn't severed. I didn't hear it correctly the first time. Well that's a relief! I wasn't there when the vet came down and was exhausted when we were talking so I guess my brai heard nerve damaged and assumed the worst.
        05-22-2010, 10:28 PM
    What you need to do is contact your vet and see if he thinks it's ok to put your horse out in a small paddock just yet. These kinds of choices depend on the specifics of that situation. Sutures, the location of the wound, the amount of tension on the tissues, etc all will play a part in the decision-making.
        05-23-2010, 01:04 AM
    I second Ryle. I was guessing based on your description of the wound and in general the shoulder is a higher movement location and may have a hard time keeping stitches from coming open.. In which case keeping that horse in at all cost will speed up healing and minimize scarring in the long run.

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