Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
Regarding pain... on the day a gelding I worked with was diagnosed with a torn suspensory, I went out to the field to grab him (he had just been let out of the stall) and I kid you not he galloped the field for 10 minutes. Galloped. Flat out, all by himself. He trotted over to me when he was done (there was no stopping him, no force in the world.. not even the world's largest treat bin) and appeared fairly fine. Threw him on the lunge and he was off again. Trotted him out on concrete, and definitely lame. Vet diagnosed a torn suspensory and he was put on stall rest for the better part of two months.
Running large, straight lines seemed fine for him, but anything else and he was most defnitely sore. I don't think horses can premeditate, however I do think that they can anticipate pain due to repeated stress - such as if a saddle doesn't fit properly, they will become very sour just at the sight of a saddle, or so much as touching where they anticipate the painful area is.
What was she diagnosed with? Is it good for her to be running and stopping like that? Might that aggrivate whatever is wrong?
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