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post #1 of 22 Old 05-27-2012, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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Question Yearlying with broken ribs??

I have a pretty filly who turned one here in May. Well I am still confused what happened and why, but I have a good idea. I believe she just got a direct kick from my other mare. Though my mare, Sierra, and Luna, yearling, get along great! Sierra is only 14hands tall and Luna I almost that. My question is, "what do you do, and what can you do when you are sure there are broken ribs?" As far as I know there is nothing but time, I feel bad about this b/c I can feel and see a bump what can only be bone. It is where the girth will eventually go and I am wondering if a vet could help or not. I don't want to spend money to have someone just come tell me its broken and there is nothing you can do. I already know this. Im wondering if there is some advice and wisdom for me to make a decision. It has been almost 5 weeks now. Swelling is now all gone, I have kept her quite, and cold hosed it regularly, along with many different kinds of circulation helpers, like DMSO etc. I gave her bute the first couple days to help with the pain. She is eating great and is moving normal again. Has anyone dealt with horses with broken ribs? And how do I handle this? Is there something that should be done. Thanks for reading
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post #2 of 22 Old 05-27-2012, 06:25 PM
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You call the vet - it truly is that simple. Yes, there are plenty of things a horse owner can handle without the vet, but broken bones, imo, do not fall under that category. With something like a rib, there is danger of further internal damage from the broken end(s) of the bone(s).
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post #3 of 22 Old 05-27-2012, 10:27 PM
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There's not much a person can do about a broken rib, and yet you would still see a doctor, yes? And I bet you wouldn't wait five weeks

Given how long it's been, who knows if a vet can help her now, but a vet is the only one qualified to tell you what the prognosis is for her particular injury and what decisions you have to make about her future. Like if she will ever be able to tolerate a girth.
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post #4 of 22 Old 05-27-2012, 10:59 PM
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Are you sure it's a rib? Should a muscle detach it will ball up and form a hard lump.
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post #5 of 22 Old 05-27-2012, 11:03 PM
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Well I'd get a vet to look at her. Even people have a doctor look at tiny little harmless breaks.
If there's a bone that is sitting weird or a sharp piece sticking out that can be very bad. The vet will also, probably be able to tell you if she'll ever be able to handle the girth.
If you don't get it checked and later tighten that girth and it caused the sharp point of the broken rib to stab that will be a problem, also it could possibly create an even worse internal injury, never know unless a vet looks .
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post #6 of 22 Old 05-27-2012, 11:11 PM
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Honestly, I don't even understand how this is a question. IF it is a broken rib, there are countless things that could have been damaged internally at the same time. Not too mention you have no way of knowing for certain that it is in fact a broken rib. I have seen horses with a lot of weird lumps and bumps that turn out to be nothing like what was expected.

Like has been said previously, if you suspected you had broken a bone would you just treat it yourself? Or would you have a doctor confirm it and check that there was no other damage done when it occurred?

What really gets me is that you have left it 5 weeks. Broken rib or no broken rib who knows what permanent damage could have been done in that time. Damage that, had a vet been involved may have been preventable.
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When it comes to horses and injuries.. I don't care if it's visible or bleeding.. I always call the vet out.

It could be serious, especially if it's broken since that could lead to other problems like punctures inside which leads to internal bleeding.. :/

And if it's not serious, at least you have piece of mind. I always keep a stash aside for vet calls, but my horse doesn't get himself hurt often.

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Five weeks... Yikes, I really hope the horse will be ok despite being neglected. Please, please, please get a vet out. You never know what the extent of an injury could be, hence why responsible people rely on vets to treat their animals.
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post #9 of 22 Old 05-27-2012, 11:53 PM
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Five weeks... Yikes, I really hope the horse will be ok despite being neglected. Please, please, please get a vet out. You never know what the extent of an injury could be, hence why responsible people rely on vets to treat their animals.
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That was a little uncalled-for in my opinion.

It seems that the consensus of the forum that the vet should see her, and that in the future, the vet should be the first person you ask about horse health.

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post #10 of 22 Old 05-27-2012, 11:58 PM
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That was a little uncalled-for in my opinion.

It seems that the consensus of the forum that the vet should see her, and that in the future, the vet should be the first person you ask about horse health.

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It did come out funny, but I agree with the main points.

1. Hope the horse is okay despite the 5 week time frame since
2. She needs a vet
3. Injuries can be extensive.. never know until you have the vet do tests, etc.
4. It's good practice, and responsible, to call the vet out before waiting this long.

I don't think Lins was flaming the OP, I think Lins was saying "in the future, this is what responsible owners do.." since Lins probably got a feeling the OP may not be familiar with injuries like this.

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