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    11-16-2010, 03:32 AM
Stiff Shoulder Situation...any ideas???

Ok, so here is what happened. I believe that my horse pulled his upper left shoulder muscle. He pulled up limping a couple weeks ago. You could tell he was limping but it wasn't sever. It is most noticeable at an extended trot when the left leg extends forward. He doesn't extend the left leg as far as his right leg. I examined his shoulder. There is no obvious swelling or heat. When I pull that leg forward to stretch it he pulls it away and acts sore and flinches in the shoulder area. There seems to be a muscle knot at the very top part o the shoulder almost near the whither area. I have been putting Absorbine ligament on his shoulder and it has gotten a little better. He is not limping anymore, but just acts sore and stiff in his shoulder. Any advice or treatment ideas? Has this ever happened to anyone?
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    11-16-2010, 05:34 AM
I qould get the chiropractor out. I could be another injury hurting his shoulder. Give it a massage everyday and see how it goes. I got told that by rubbing a tennis ball over muscle knots helps loosen them. But im not vet or chiro but I would get a chiropractor out to him to see whats causing it.
    11-16-2010, 07:20 AM
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Why not use a tennis ball? Do you have any bute? May take any inflammation down that you don't see. I would hose it and continue the linement. Let her rest for a bit. So it has time to heal. I know this may seem long but I would wait a week before I rode her. That's just me. Its like you pulling a muscle. Rest. You can hand walk her let her graze and just use the time as bonding. Good luck!
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    11-16-2010, 10:11 PM
Assuming there's not any torn muscles in there, gently massaging that knot will probably work it out. Maybe 10 minutes of a heating pad before the massage will help the blood flow through there better.
    11-17-2010, 11:45 AM
Green Broke
I agree, I would have some body work done on him. I would go with accupuncture and massgae therapy, along with a chiro treatment. I'd have some B-1 injected in to the sore muscle and put him on some oral muscle relaxers.

My mare pulled a long back muscle (deep) and that's what we did. After 2 accupuncture/chiro treatments and about 8 weeks off of riding, she was fine!
    11-17-2010, 11:35 PM
Originally Posted by mbender    
Why not use a tennis ball? Do you have any bute? May take any inflammation down that you don't see. I would hose it and continue the linement.
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Yeah, I think I am going to try using a tennis ball. I decided to give him six weeks off. I have trainer right now that I need to ride and work with, so that will keep me busy. Awww(fingers crossed) I hope he gets better!!!

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