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    03-31-2011, 10:35 AM
"I then rode her on sunday and she seemed to go lame again. So I got off and let her off into the field where she was obviously lame"

This alone tells me she may not be 100% and that a vet should come and check your mare out and make sure she's healed. The thing with soft tissue injuries is that it takes a LONG time to heal and the chance of re-injury is high.
You want opinions on your horse's health and I'm happy to give them - but please don't shrug off opinions because it isn't what you want to hear.
Your vet needs to come out and have a look at your mare. They need to give you an idea on the damage and whether or not you should be riding or giving her time off. They will also provide you with a detailed schedule for bringing her back to work.
We aren't there, we can't see the horse move, nor do we (or I anyways) have a DVM and access to an US machine - all of that is vital to giving you useful information. We cannot give you accurate information. You say she was lame on Sunday - that means the injury may not be healed - but we don't know, and neither do you or your trainer - you need a vet.
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    03-31-2011, 11:51 AM

This looks to be a fantastic little article. It maps out exercise protocols for the first year...emphasizing vet checks every 90 days.
    03-31-2011, 12:24 PM
Originally Posted by Sarahandlola    
She has been fine for two weeks now. Her injury was very minor too.
Soft tissue takes a LONG time to heal properly.
    03-31-2011, 12:37 PM
I am dealing with this right now. My mare is off but I would listen to what everyone is saying about having the vet back out just to do a recheck on her. Your vet will tell you the best way to go ahead with your mare. I am having my mare checked because she needs an adjustment somewhere. I can't put my hands on it but she seems off but until I have it done I am not riding again. I would ask your vet and have her or him come out and access her to see if she is moving correctly. If you ride her and she is still lame even if it is remotely small you can do a lot of damage.
    03-31-2011, 01:06 PM
Originally Posted by hotreddun    

This looks to be a fantastic little article. It maps out exercise protocols for the first year...emphasizing vet checks every 90 days.

Thank you for sharing this link! It's a great article and pretty spot on with what I have followed per vet's reccomendations on my guy. It was really tough to hear how long recovery would be when the injury happened as it really pushed back his training time line, I had planned to have him on cattle by now (He got hurt his first week under saddle, no fault of mine or his) I've come to terms with how slow going it will be, but on the upside he will be dead broke by the time we are ready for the show pen next season
    03-31-2011, 01:28 PM
Agree with the others. Soft tissue takes forever to heal and she needs to be brought back very slowly.
    03-31-2011, 01:36 PM
Thanks so much for that article it is great!!

And her being lame when I rode her last week was a stone bruise as we have found out today. So she should be good. I have already said she has been checked over and it is confirmed that she is fine.

I now just want to strengthen her leg to prevent injury again. She is on a supplement for joints, ligaments and tendons too so that should help strengthen it.
    03-31-2011, 06:18 PM
How are you 100% sure the leg is fine? WHO checked her over?

Did you get an u/s done?
    03-31-2011, 07:57 PM
"And her being lame when I rode her last week was a stone bruise as we have found out today."

How? Who determined it was a stone bruise?
The gelding I referenced earlier was off and on - it seemed like stone bruises at first, but when we got the vet out it most certainly wasn't, and we were guided through the whole healing process.
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    04-01-2011, 12:40 PM
Soda was "on/off" for awhile too. He'd seem completely sound and then be off again. He ended up having almost an entire year off. Well worth it if you ask me because he IS perfectly sound now.

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