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post #1 of 8 Old 02-05-2010, 12:01 AM Thread Starter
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What would you do?????

Long story relatively short...I sent my horse to a so called trainer just to keep her fit and get more miles on her because the conditions were not suitable for riding at my other farm. The "trainer" put a saddle on my horse that did not fit and injured her withers. She has swelling on either side of the rub. I was very worried and called out my vet. He said he was worried about it turning into fistulus withers and to treat with byte for a few days, smzs and no riding....obviously. Her swelling is not enormous and has seemed to decrease until I checked today...they feel full. She is a high withered tb mare so it's easy to tell when somethins isn't right in that area. Is there anything else anyone can think of to do to decrease the swelling or help? Anyone else deal with what I'm thinking is a deep bone bruise? How long was recovery time? What did you do in terms of treatment? Was the horse ever 100 percent normal again? I am greatly upset with this "trainer.". In terms of her, what would you do?? I already have one vet bill and an entire month of training paid for, plus probably more vet and chiro/accu bills on the way....Needless to say I moved my horse out of there as quickly as I could, but I now am unable to use my horse and she's hurt, which is what is upsetting me the most. I am so angry and frustrated....I suppose this is more of a vent so I apologize if it's miscategorized. Any suggestions appreciated. Thanks
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post #2 of 8 Old 02-05-2010, 12:07 AM
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I may be wrong, but in MHO, I believe the trainer should pay all the vet bills. AND refund you the money from the unused time.
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I have never dealt with wither injuries, but my general rule of thumb with swelling is to treat with cold hosing/cold therapy.

Depending on where you are located and how cold it is there cold hosing probably wouldn't be the greatest idea due to the location of the swelling.
You could try ice packs and see if that helps with some of it.
(again, I have no experience with this type of injury, so these are just some ideas) also, give your vet a ring and see what he/she suggests.
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post #4 of 8 Old 02-05-2010, 12:13 AM Thread Starter
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I may be wrong, but in MHO, I believe the trainer should pay all the vet bills. AND refund you the money from the unused time.
That would be ideal...imbtrying to think of a way to approach this. I may have my lawyer draw up something..
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I have never dealt with wither injuries, but my general rule of thumb with swelling is to treat with cold hosing/cold therapy.

Depending on where you are located and how cold it is there cold hosing probably wouldn't be the greatest idea due to the location of the swelling.
You could try ice packs and see if that helps with some of it.
(again, I have no experience with this type of injury, so these are just some ideas) also, give your vet a ring and see what he/she suggests.
I will try the ice packs...if it wasn't freezing cold hosing would probably help :) thanks for the suggestion!
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post #6 of 8 Old 02-05-2010, 12:22 AM
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How did the trainer react to you calling the vet and then moving your horse? If she was a snot, then yes, see a lawyer. If she acted genuinely remorseful, try talking to her. She may be willing to do it without getting a lawyer involved. If she's trying to be a trainer, she would have to know how bad this could hurt her choice in careers. Word of mouth would be bad enough...much less the publicity that would come with going to court.
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post #7 of 8 Old 02-05-2010, 12:29 AM Thread Starter
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How did the trainer react to you calling the vet and then moving your horse? If she was a snot, then yes, see a lawyer. If she acted genuinely remorseful, try talking to her. She may be willing to do it without getting a lawyer involved. If she's trying to be a trainer, she would have to know how bad this could hurt her choice in careers. Word of mouth would be bad enough...much less the publicity that would come with going to court.
She showed no remorse, said she thought it was a blanket rub...later saying it was from her saddle...no sorry but she did ask how the back was doing
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post #8 of 8 Old 02-05-2010, 01:17 AM
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I think laws differ from state to state. You need to call your county attorney and file a small court claim. In my state it costs 100 to file but in most cases you get reimbursed if you win the suit. I would also call your personal attorney and see what they have to say about it. In this situation get all the info you can get. Also take pictures every day so you can document how the wound is healing/ not healing nad keep a written log of daily treatment and any changes inthe horses specific problem and any other health changes, also log what the vet tells you abou treatment. Keep all reciepts for treating the condition wether you bought it or the vet prescribed it. Also it would be helpful to have a witness to say they saw the hors before it was left at the trainers and saw the horse after you picked it up. That way you can prove it wasnt a pre existing condition.
I hope your horse gets better and everything works out for you!
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