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post #1 of 5 Old 06-11-2013, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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Stifle blistering and exercise

We have a 17 year old quarter gelding that has been shown all of his life, recently brought out of retirement to be used for lessons and 4H. He was showing soreness on his right hind, so we took him to the vet. He immediately found he had a loose stifle and suggested injecting it with iodine and swore it would help him. I should have done my research before jumping in, but trusted the vet and wanted to get this horse some relief! Well it has now been almost a week and he's more sore then he was when we went to the vet to begin with! He said he would be "touchy" for a few days and we could start riding him after about 3 days. Due to the weather we were unable to, so planned on starting this evening but he is more lame then ever, especially when trotting. We didn't have the heart to keep working him. Should we give him more time off? He has had turnout everyday for the most part for several hours. Or should we push him thru the soreness? I'm at a loss what to do for this guy, I really want to give him bute but understand that to be counter-productive. Advice? Will he work out of this? How soon? I hate to see him in pain!!!
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post #2 of 5 Old 06-12-2013, 10:36 AM
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I wouldn't work through the soreness and maybe get a second opinion. It could be something else bothering him.
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An internal blister is supposed to cause local inflammation in hopes of forming some sort of scar tissue to shorten the ligament. So of course it hurts. Was it the right choice? Couldn't tell, haven't seen the horse, but I would have, provided it is a "loose stifle", started out with squaring the toe and exercise to build up the muscles to tighten the ligament first. Working through the pain? I wouldn't, honestly. Call the vet and ask.
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post #4 of 5 Old 06-12-2013, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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Ohh how I regret it. I didn't do any research, just went on blind faith in the vet. He didn't really explain how it worked, in my mind it was more like a cortisone injection, I didn't understand the process. Unfortunately what is done is done and I want to make sure we are doing everything right to help him through this! I have a call into the vet. Thank you for your replies, I'm new here and haven't owned a horse in several years, love this guy!
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post #5 of 5 Old 06-12-2013, 07:09 PM
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I was vague in my reply so here's my thinking. Soreness and lameness are different things. I don't know how much moving around your horse does being turned out but that should have activated the blister. Is there any chaffing, blistering on the skin of the stifle, if so then it worked. If not I would think he may be sore somewhere else. Definitely speak with your vet and good luck.
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