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post #11 of 13 Old 04-25-2012, 09:24 AM
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Awww, give her some bute, she likely is very sore.

I boarded at a barn for a short while that the owner was an alcoholic (did not figure that part out until later), and she would sometimes mix the herds up, I doubt it was on purpose, but it happened the none the less. At one point a 2yo stud colt ended up out with a group of mares that contained my Paint mare, a larger Paint mare, two TB mares, and a Morgan mare. The two Paints and Morgan were buddies and the two TBs were buddies, it was an easy going group that all got along, until the stud colt entered. He was actually quite friendly but at some point, the girls got into an altercation among themselves that we can only guess was the two TBs (both shod behind) against the other three. The other Paint was no worse for wear, the Morgan was torn up pretty good, my girl had gotten several kicks, one in the hocks. I hand walked her a few days, buted her and got a pregnancy test (luckily, no foal!! PTL).

At any rate, all girls healed up just fine. One of the owners got angry when she saw me giving my mare bute and said "she doesn't need that! it's not THAT bad" and I reminded her that the other night she had taken ibuprofin after a day of cleaning stalls, so she had little room to speak.
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post #12 of 13 Old 04-25-2012, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you for the reassurance all. I am quick to get my panties in a bunch when something happens to Molly. She is still doing the head nod, which I still don't like but I was able to chat on the phone with the prefered vet and I do feel a little better. She is steadily getting better too. Of course still very sore even if you blow on her side she'll move away. Poor sweet girl. I already have a call into the chiropractor, for when she is well enough to be adjusted. I'm sure she'll need it, she looks a little "out".

That vet that called her old at 25 should be shot with rock salt. That's not fair! She has several good years, yet.
This same vet told me to put this mare down at 19 because she "was old". She'd occasionally have labored breathing when it was extremely hot and humid, I wanted opinions and he said she was old, put her down. So I didn't really expect any different. Turns out a handful of herbs fixed the breathing. Hes actually known for putting animals down. But there are still many folks in the area who love him as a vet. I fail to see the reason why..

In fact just two weeks ago when our TB filly was born I had put a call in to four vets to have someone come out and tube her. He was the first to respond and said if she hadn't nursed yet, at twelve hours after birth, there wasn't anything he could do and we should just let nature take its course (meaning, let her starve). Thanks, that was helpful!

Unfortunately some horses are old at 25. Genetics is not fair in that respect.
Her recovery period will depend on what her fitness level was prior to getting hurt. Fit horses recover faster.
The lumps are likely small hematomas. You can hot pack them but they will resolve on their own. If she is moving on her own, you won't need to ensure she is moving. Standing still will only serve to make her more stiff.
Molly is in pretty good shape

Hematomas, makes sence, thank-you.
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post #13 of 13 Old 04-25-2012, 04:29 PM
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I have nothing new to add but wanted to say that I think it is great that you are so concerned about your girl. I'd find her one friend she can be happy with. She looks sweet.
I agree that a little bit of bute would make her feel much better.
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