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post #1 of 6 Old 09-22-2009, 08:37 PM Thread Starter
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Question What does this mean?

What does it mean when a horse is groaning while lying down? Not rolling or anything but just groaning while laying. My horse was doing this tonight right before I left the barn I noticed it. I got him up, took him outside and let him eat grass to make sure he wasn't colicing. Today was his first day out after 3 days on stall rest due to an infected cut.

Please let me know what this means..

Btw, to all the people who followed my posts about his infection. I got ahold of the vet and he told me what to do. I have been soaking his leg in epsom salt water and putting neosporin on it. Yesterday, I pulled his leg out of the water and noticed some yellowish gunk coming out of a hole on the side of his leg. Right next to it was a pocket filled with puss. Today, the pocket busted. The infection is draining. I was told to look for this. The swelling is down by almost %50 and he hasn't had a fever for 2 days. The limp is gone as well. He didn't even need antibiotics.

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post #2 of 6 Old 09-22-2009, 09:04 PM
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Groaning? Most likely nothing.

G-smoke does it all the time. Just hangin' loose

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post #3 of 6 Old 09-22-2009, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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Good. He looked very relaxed. Im sure he wore himself out today in the pasture. He hasn't been out there in three days.
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post #4 of 6 Old 09-23-2009, 04:33 PM
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I agree with Sunny, don't worry. My horse does it too! I thought she was colicing aswell...but she does it all the time!

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post #5 of 6 Old 09-23-2009, 05:07 PM
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if he didnt seem to be in pain and his gut still makes noise. You can put your ear to his belly and check then your good on colic. He could have been doing it because of the cut or he was just wore out. Good luck with him and the epsom salt works wonders.!!!

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post #6 of 6 Old 09-23-2009, 07:46 PM
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Yesterday, I pulled his leg out of the water and noticed some yellowish gunk coming out of a hole on the side of his leg. Right next to it was a pocket filled with puss. Today, the pocket busted. The infection is draining. I was told to look for this. The swelling is down by almost %50 and he hasn't had a fever for 2 days. The limp is gone as well. He didn't even need antibiotics.
Glad he's better...epsom salts and neosporin are always in our first aid kit, and it is amazing how fast they're back to normal once the infection starts draining (same for hoof abcesses).

BTW, wrt the groaning...was he just laying down or sleeping?

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