Old Fractured Pelvix + Extreme Cold = Not Good
Title is supposed to be Pelvis not Pelvix - typo! oops! :)
Hi guys, I need a little help.
About 5 years ago my horse fell down in the turnout and fractured his pelvis. After the inital recovery process he came back sound and haven't had any problems until now.
It has been REALLY cold here in orange county, not like most of you guys but cold for us. Its been getting in the 30s-40s at night, which is a temp the horses here aren't used to, normally its about 50-60 at night. He's kept in a 12 x 24 pipe stall and blanketed with a thick heavy winter blanket at night and is taken off in the morning.
Here's where the issues is. I believe his pelvis is acting up due to the extreme cold, and has been coming out of his stall stiff and sore. He has not been wanting to put weight on his right hind leg, he fractured his right pelvis. I feel no heat or swelling in the legs, no bruises in the hooves. When riding he has trouble balancing and collecting going clockwise he will trot but completly refuses to canter. Ive had my horse long enough to know when he acts like this he is hurting, and its not his normal attitude issues that he pulls. So I know something is up but its not bad enough yet to call the vet out. I turned him out today after riding to see if he looked lame as he feels sound when riding and he looked sound when running but when standing he still didn't want to put weight on his right hind.
What do you suggest I do to help him work through this? Do you suggest exercises or supplements? I've got him on Recovery EQ as he also has navicular, which with that and corrective shoeing he is sound for the flat. When riding I have him doing balance work, ie. circles figure eights, serpentines (sp).
Sorry for the long post but thought i'd give you guys a little bit of background and our daily routine.
Any tips/suggestings would be of huge help :-)
How old is your horse? Does he lay down at all & have trouble getting up?
You should have access to some really good equine chiropractors that also do massage. They may find something or nothing they can help.
I have one horse with a fractured sacrum. A horse with an injured vertebra that came with him when I rescued him. A horse with pretty bad hock/ankle arthritis.
They all get a pharmaceutical mix of Chondroitin/MSM. I don't use glucosamine as two of these horses are insulin resistant and can't have it.
One horse gets Hyalurin/Boswelia added in.
The HA/Boswelia really works wonders for stiffness.
If you decide to use NSAIDS, make sure they are pharmaceutical grade; that means there aren't any fillers in them.
More expensive but less is needed and they work to the optimum efficiency of the particular NSAID:-)
Thanks for the supplement info, I will look into it, normally his Recovery EQ works for his joints, but then again it hasnt been as cold as it has been this past month when his issues started.
I am so glad he rolls & gets up w/o difficulty. Phew!! Keep him blanketed during the cold, which you probably do anyways.
I have also noticed a difference when riding him in the mornings compared to the evenings he is more willing to canter and doesn't come out of his stall stiff.
I just hope this cold weather goes away soon so my horse isin't so stiff anymore.
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