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post #1 of 9 Old 04-08-2013, 04:16 PM Thread Starter
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Stifle Injury ... Need Help With Treatment!!


Cowboys got his stifle hurt :( I have no clue how to treat him. He did it yesterday. We've had him on stall rest, and we've been putting ice on it for maybe half an hour, until the ice pack goes warm. That's the only thing I know to do ... Unfortunately, a vet isn't an option. If it were under my control, it would be, but the parents don't feel like calling him out and paying him to give us an idea of what's going on :( any and all help is GREATLY appreciated!!! Thank You!!
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post #2 of 9 Old 04-08-2013, 04:42 PM
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Can you post pics and give more details about the injury?

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It is so terribly frustrating when a horse needs a vet, and treatment isn't sought.

We are not magicians, and it's impossible to know if the horse has a serious injury or just a strain.

The horse needs a vet, it's that simple.
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If a hoof abcess has started you might think it's a stifle injury.
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First of all, yes you do need a vet.

What is recommended for stifle injuries is complete stall rest for up to one month with high doses of bute.
Once the original inflammation has calmed the horse can begin hand walking on hard surfaces (dirt works great - cement is too slippery) for another month up to 4 months, while still on stall rest.
Then begin riding, eventually a small turnout, etc..

Of course this all depends on the severity of the injury, diagnostics and recommendations from the vet. For right now, leave him on stall rest and get him on bute. Icing is good too, but bute will be better. And save your money for a vet trip. It's only a few hundred dollars for a vet to come out and do a good basic exam to suggest a treatment protocol. And of course you will also need to schedule a few follow up appointments.

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Believe me everyone, I am just as frustrated as you are. Unfortunately, my parents couldn't care less if my horses ran off. Well, my dad might, but that's a whole other thread/topic/forum.

As is, I have read this and have made up my mind that I will scrap for some extra cash, any I can find, and I WILL have the vet called. I care too much about my horses, and this seems too severe to just deal with.

We have dealt with abscesses before, and it's definitely not that. There is heat in the stifle area, and you can tell that's what is ouchy.

I'm praying to everything that it's just a minor strain. Until we get a prognosis, he will be on bute, ice, and stall rest.

He seems to move/feel better when I take him out on the soft grass and walk him. Does this mean I should still keep him on stall rest, or ...? Is this a good sign?

As for pictures, it really looks like a normal stifle. Compared to the other side and my other two horses, I don't see much change.

Thank you all for your replies, it is much appreciated.
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Keep him on strict stall rest until you can get a vet to see him.

It is good that he is still comfortable on walks, but until the inflammation resides he should be kept completely stalled.

The inflammation can cause extra tissue damage, and when coupled with movement can further any tears, worsening the injury.
If after a week the heat is gone, try reducing the bute and taking him for short (<10 minute) walks once or twice a day.

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Okay! I had the vet come out, and (thank god) it was an abcess!! Saddlebag was right. I apologize for my ignorance in ignoring your advice, it was immature and incorrect of me. You learn something new everyday! So he popped it for us and we've been soaking his foot.

I actually have another question. We ran out of bute, is it okay to give him Aleve? How much? Thank you! I know bute will slow down the healing process, but it's just about healed now. Just want to take the edge off now.
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I would call your vet's office and ask them that.

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