Stall rest activities?
Caleigh's lame and has been put on stall rest with daily walking until the vet gives the O.K.
She's used to daily turn out and get's pretty frustrated when she's cooped up. I'll be seeing her everyday and taking her for a walk up and down the Aisle for 5 minutes, then she's back in her stall and I'll of course brush her down and what not but other than that she's stuck in until further notice.
Are there any activities or toys I could pick up at the tack store like one of those hanging salt licks or apple balls? Do you think they would help with her frustration at all?
At the moment the vet thinks she may have kicked herself and possibly may have tweaked something. She has a bump on her left hind tendon about 5 inches up from the sesimoid (sp?) and it's warm and puffy. She's vet wrapped with liniment and stall bound for the time being. This started today, yesterday was a perfect ride and beautiful collection. My trainer says earlier today she was out playing, running and bucking so it's looking like a hit and tweak at the moment. The vet says we'll give it a week and see how it is then, most likely she won't be good or light riding for about 2 weeks. Her limp isn't too bad but she is favoring it so she needs the time off. Poor girl.
on a lighter note, in order to effectively wrap her leg we had to shave a portion of her leg hairs off. Because I don't like her clippings uneven I went around and trimmed the hair on her other 3 legs so now she has fuzzy bell bottoms. From the "knee" joint down to about an inch above her Sesamoids (sp?) she's buzz clipped but her hoof feathers are still there and fluffy fluffy. She has bell bottoms!
I think the stall toys are a good idea.
You can make some. I've seen some things online on how to make toys out of milk jugs with something (safe if they eat it somehow) inside to make noise, but no idea when/where i saw that.
Ugh...stall rest. Nelson was on Stall Rest in January, and due to he stressing out easily because his buddies all went outside while he was left inside - let to ulcers and a near death colic.
If your girl is on any grain, I would minimize it, even go to bran mash or beat pulp.
If she is on bute or pain killers, make sure you give her mint tums and yogurt to help line her tummy to help prevent ulcers from rearing their ugly heads.
If she does get ansy and frustrated, I would look into a calmer. For example, too little too late, Nelson is now on SmartCalm Ultra from SmartPak *he is on that now for when we show over the summer and he is stalled in strange barns around strange horses, helps keep him calm and from upsetting the ulcers he already has*
I would give her as much hay as possible. Make sure she has free access to as much roughage as possible, to help keep her belly full, so that if she does stress, it will help minimize stress related ulcers.
I know I keep talking about Ulcers, but they can show up at any given time, especially during stressful stall rests.
I bought her an apple treat hangy thing and put that in her stall. She's never had one before so we'll see what it looks like tomorrow. She sniffed it a few times but spent most of the day with her head over the wall calling to her friends. Poor girl.
The vet was out to work on a couple other horses today and I lunged Caleigh for her and we've decided she pulled her butt. I forgot the name but she pulled a muscle near her stifle but she's expected to make a full recovering in a couple weeks. She's putting weight on it and walking, it's anything faster than a walk she's uneven and favoring. I bought liniment and covered her thigh and buttcheek
She's not the type to rear and buck and throw a fit in her stall she just hands her head over the door and watches the barn activities. I feel bad for her but gotta do it anyway. I'll talk to my trainer about a calmer if she needs it and anything to help with ulcers if she gets any.
Well she's walking flat again, moving out and reaching under and behind her. No sign of lameness but she's still on low work just walk and trot for 20 minutes to make sure that muscle doesn't get strained. She's out in a private paddock behind the barn for 4 hours a day so she can stretch her legs and graze. She's a pretty happy girl and I don't think she minds the time off. I bareback walked her down the drive way and up to the second barn yesterday and she had her ears perked the whole time. I called the Vet and she said Monday she can go back to full day turn out and 3 speed (w/t/c) working for 30 minutes.
I'm really glad it wasn't anything serious, just a pulled booty muscle. haha
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