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TristaJean 07-15-2012 10:07 PM

Lame after tripping during lunging
Today I was doing some free lunging with Arrow in a paddock that we have, and he was being a bit fresh, though listening pretty well. Long story short, he spooked, ran towards the fence, realized last minute there was a fence there and continued running until he tripped over a tree root sticking out of the ground that neither one of us had noticed before. :-( I feel like such a bad owner because this was preventable.
I watched him move at a walk and trot, and yep, he's limping and favoring the leg (front right)
It's a few hours later and he's not limping as bad, but he's still walking on it tenderly.
I'm keeping in a paddock with a run in right now, as opposed to his big pasture so he can't run on it.

Any advice or possible diagnosis?
Should I wrap his leg at all? Vet wrap or Polo's?
I'm working on getting the vet out, probably on monday or tuesday?

waresbear 07-15-2012 10:11 PM

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You are doing exactly what I would, confining him & calling a vet. He has trauma on a front leg due to tripping on an obstacle. I would do hydrotherapy as well (cold hosing) to keep the swelling down.

xJumperx 07-15-2012 10:33 PM

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I don't think I would wrap it, just because that might heat it. Unless you have those ICE-VIBE boots, then I'd stick one of those on :p Otherwise, I'd just keep it cool with a hose, check it every day as much as possible till you get a vet :) You are doing great! Everything under the sun happens to e-v-e-r-y-b-o-d-y!!!! You didn't do a thing wrong as a horse owner :) He could just as easily tripped over his big fat feet and had the same trauma. The fact that you are getting all the help you can get + a vet is very responsible and good of you :)

TristaJean 07-15-2012 10:36 PM

Thank you! I'll try hosing it down but he's like a cat when it comes to water. :/
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xJumperx 07-15-2012 10:45 PM

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LOL! What great practice your pony is getting with water xD No better time to desensitize when you don't have a choice! If you really do find it impossible to hose him down, take a few ziplock bags of ice, and wrap them on his leg with some polos. Only leave it for about 10 mins. I usually do it this way, because of less water waste :3

TristaJean 07-15-2012 11:54 PM

Well, I've hit an unseen roadblock.
My dad is refusing to get the vet out, and told me I have to pay for the vet. I just turned 18 and I have no job and my dad isn't being understanding at all. I'm literally crying as I write this. I also need Arrow to get his coggins test and vaccinations so I can board him (which I plan on doing soon with my social security money, that I will be getting next month).
I'm so frustrated and upset.
(sorry, I'm venting)
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xJumperx 07-16-2012 12:24 AM

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Hm. That sucks :/

Well, untill you can get the vet out, just keep swelling down, and pray it's nothing big, which I honestly doubt it is. About boarding, I really can't help you there :/ Maybe tell the barn owner the situation, see if you can get a little job helping out to get some vet money? Good luck!

mselizabeth 07-16-2012 12:46 AM

Cold hose it as much as you can (at least 5 minutes at a time). and give him some bute for the pain and to reduce swelling. If his leg feels warm tomorrow, cold hose it again. I don't think it's anything to make a vet call for though. He should be good as new within a week. If its still bothering him then, call the vet.

I personally wouldn't wrap it. Escpecially with a polo-wrap. It will trap the heat in, creating more swelling. The heat needs to escape.
Also, make sure he's not with other horses in his paddock. They can just make it worse by pushing him around in the pen.

When he tripped, did he hit the ground?

Don't worry too much, horses do stuff like this all the time. You would know if he tore a tendon or anything. He wouldn't be bearing any weight on it.

Oxer 07-16-2012 01:20 AM

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I'm with MsEliz here...
You can try just putting ice into zip-loc bags and polo wrapping them around the bad leg (you only leave it on the leg for about 20 mins and then remove). I did this when my horse racked his leg pretty bad on his stall gate. Tore the gate completely from the wall mounts. I thought it was a career ending injury. But after a couple weeks, he was 100% again.
I struggle with parents that buy horses for their children, and then refuse to pay for them. You can tell your dad i said that.

Skyseternalangel 07-16-2012 02:18 AM

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Vet, cold hose. No wrap.. give some bute.

Hope he turns out alright :)

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