completely freaking out
I went to pick Rumor up today. I sent Chilly to take her spot for training. Anyways, I got Rumor and placed her in the stall there so I could bute her and rub a liniment that my vet gave me on her before hauling her home. I was very nervous about the trip, I know she's in a lot of pain right now. I can only imagine.
After being in the stall there for a maximum of 10 minutes, Rumor was so stiff that she could barely walk when I went to lead her out. Completely dead lame, 3 legged horse. After 100 yards, she did loosen up and by the time we made it to the trailer, there was a limp, but she was placing weight on it. She loaded in the trailer good. Never hesitated. Which I was very proud of. She hauled really good too, didn't fuss or move around much.
I unloaded her and she almost tripped when her back legs touched the ground, but she regained her balance and wasn't as stiff as I was expecting. She's in her own section of pasture right now. I'm absolutely not going to stall her. I think she gets stiff just standing around so as long as she moves, I think she feels better.
I have a bunch of hay out for her to keep her busy. She's losing weight rather quickly as well. She's already starting to show ribs. I bought her a fly mask and sheet today and am hoping that'll help to stop her from kicking so much. The less she kicks with that leg, the better.
My vet has her on 1 gram bute morning and night. (Or 2 grams a day.) She made a liniment up for me that will help reduced swelling, has DMSO in it and lidocain in it to help relieve pain. I'm cold hosing it daily. And keeping her well fly sprayed. Not that it's helping very much.
She doesn't stand still for my to wrap it very well. But I really want to strap some ice packs to her to help reduce swelling as well.
Tonight I put on a poultice and vet wrapped it to her. She was not thrilled but if it something that's going to help, she's going to have to get over it.
Does anyone have any other ideas? It's more swollen then yesterday and still hot to touch.
My vet suggested putting her on a joint supplement as well so I have that ordered and should receive it later this week.
I feel very helpless. She's restless, grumpy and just plain old doesn't feel good. I feel bad...