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    10-09-2012, 09:59 PM
Question Stall rest or Turn out?

The mare I'm leasing has a stifle problem. It hasn't acted up for quite a few years, but it's gotten aggravated again

Yes- vet was called and will be out this coming Monday.
No- she is not being ridden. (We are debating on hand walking or not)

Her owner also BO is not sure of what to do either.
She's really not showing pain or not wanting to go, she's just very off.

Should she be on stall rest or be allowed out in the pasture? We do have a smaller area where she could go out without other horses.

I know it's not much, but I have been putting on absorbine (we don't have any DMSO/surpass/ etc)
Would bute be bad?
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    10-09-2012, 10:04 PM
The stifle is a tricky area, please someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the stifle is better healed on stall rest........if she's out walking around she may put too much pressure on the joint, not giving it a chance to become less inflamed etc.....

Someone else will probably have a more definitive answer, as I am a little foggy in recall right now. Goodluck
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    10-09-2012, 10:14 PM
I feel like it would get better by not moving because it acts up when it's being moved?

It's not even swollen /: or touchy. Anywhere on that leg or hot.
    10-09-2012, 10:40 PM
It depends. Ask the vet. If she is stabled or otherwise sedentary, it could act up when she is moving *because* she's stiff from not exercising enough.
    10-09-2012, 10:45 PM
Thank you(:
    10-09-2012, 11:00 PM
We have a couple of horses down with stifle problems at my barn right now. None of them are on box rest, but they're both on somewhat limited turnout. If you have a round pen you might put her in there, or you can also use the panels to make a portable pen, or to pen off a smaller corner of her usual paddock. Or, if you're really concerned that she's start bouncing around and make things worse, you could box her up and just handwalk her for short periods.

If she's not touchy or hot there, how do you know it is a stifle problem? Might also be a back problem. You could get lucky here, and just need the services of a chiropractor. The vet will help sort this out, and I'll keep my fingers crossed for you...
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    10-09-2012, 11:15 PM
Thanks Thursday. We do have a separate pen for horses who can have limited turn out, maybe I'll suggest putting her in there. Thanks!

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