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        04-05-2014, 11:48 PM
      #11
    Yearling
    Ouch! I've been stepped on a time or two but usually not with the full weight. I can only imagine how bad that must've hurt!

    I hope you make a quick recovery.
         
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        04-06-2014, 03:49 AM
      #12
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    Thanks Wild Heart, I hope so too.
    I've been stood on plenty of times before but never with the entire weight of my extremely fat horse.. don't judge me, he gets skinny in winter so I'm feeding him up before winter hits hopefully he won't look starved if I can get it right for him from the very start.

    I went out there tonight to check on them (from the other side of the fence!) and make sure they had been fed. Mitch wandered up to the gate so I showed him my foot and he stood there and looked sad, poor boy. I know he didn't mean to do it but that didn't make it hurt any less.

    I'm living with ice packs on it throughout the day at the moment, only having small breaks without one on there. I can't take anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS) because of my crohns disease, so I can't use those to help.
         
        04-06-2014, 05:30 AM
      #13
    Weanling
    Ugh I'm super paranoid about my toes and horses.

    Just last spring as I was turning out I accidentally put my foot right in my geldings way. He came down hard and I almost got my foot out of the way but not far enough. I was wearing both rubber boots, he caught the edge my foot twisted and somehow I ended up on the ground with him standing on the side of my foot and ankle. Still not sure how I managed that.

    My saving grace was the 8 inches of mud we were in, it had been super rainy and we all know how the gate area can be during a particularly wet spring.

    Luckily he just pushed my foot deep into the mud and was weirded out enough by the squeeling human under him to quickly move away into the paddock before he caused much damage. I was a bit bruised but nothing broken like there surely would have been if we had been standing on solid ground.

    The one and only time I've appreciated mud :p
         
        04-06-2014, 06:24 AM
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    Haha yes mud is brilliant for that! (And getting dirty and wet, but not injured during falls) but just my luck we're going through a drought right now.. I literally have NO grass and that never, ever happens.. So the ground is absolutely ROCK hard.

    It's always the worst when they twist! If they just lift straight off it isn't so bad, but the twisting is just nasty.
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        04-06-2014, 04:49 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    Oh my GOD!. I am really feeling your pain.

    A few weeks ago I took a wrong step on stairs and damaged my ankle.. there was swelling, nothing on Xray, but hurt like crazy and at first I thought I broke it.. I mean it, I have fallen on my ankles a lot of times, but never this bad...

    First aid - 3/4 vodka 1/4 water - soak a cloth, put it all over and wrap it up with elastic bandage.
    Next aid - take a cabbage leaf - big juicy one, beat it up with a meat hammer or anything, so the juice gets out of the leaf, wrap again.. I put those on for the night - in 2 days no inflamation anymore. Vodka really helps, believe it or not.

    Hope your leg heals well.. mine still hurts a bit even though it was at least 2 weeks ago when I fell..
         
        04-06-2014, 05:18 PM
      #16
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by Cherrij    
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    First aid - 3/4 vodka 1/4 water - soak a cloth, put it all over and wrap it up with elastic bandage.
    This sounded promising until I got to the cloth!
         
        04-06-2014, 06:59 PM
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    Originally Posted by Cherrij    
    Oh my GOD!. I am really feeling your pain.

    A few weeks ago I took a wrong step on stairs and damaged my ankle.. there was swelling, nothing on Xray, but hurt like crazy and at first I thought I broke it.. I mean it, I have fallen on my ankles a lot of times, but never this bad...

    First aid - 3/4 vodka 1/4 water - soak a cloth, put it all over and wrap it up with elastic bandage.
    Next aid - take a cabbage leaf - big juicy one, beat it up with a meat hammer or anything, so the juice gets out of the leaf, wrap again.. I put those on for the night - in 2 days no inflamation anymore. Vodka really helps, believe it or not.

    Hope your leg heals well.. mine still hurts a bit even though it was at least 2 weeks ago when I fell..
    What a waste of Vodka!! Lol... Wouldn't that sting like crazy on an open wound? He tore skin off too, it even bled in one spot, I think an eyelet of the shoe dug in maybe?

    I would try that but the idea of putting it on an open wound scares me
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        04-06-2014, 07:49 PM
      #18
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    Just reading this thread makes me grit my teeth in fear of the day that I don't get my feet out of the way fast enough, and 1400 lb . Shod on the front, dinner plate sized feet Z steps on one.
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        04-06-2014, 08:43 PM
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    Originally Posted by tinyliny    
    just reading this thread makes me grit my teeth in fear of the day that I don't get my feet out of the way fast enough, and 1400 lb . Shod on the front, dinner plate sized feet Z steps on one.
    Ooohhh shod.. Oh that would hurt so bad! 1400lb is about what Mitch weighs atm (he's extremely fat right now ready for winter, but always seems to keep his muscle so he's always rather heavy)

    I've just made my way through an entire block of Black forest chocolate... Not directly helping the pain or swelling, but it's a good enough excuse to eat chocolate anyway!
         
        04-07-2014, 10:59 AM
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    Originally Posted by HollyBubbles    
    I've just made my way through an entire block of Black forest chocolate... Not directly helping the pain or swelling, but it's a good enough excuse to eat chocolate anyway!
    If it is good dark chocolate with lots of cocoa, then it just might be helping your pain! Not just because the yummy sensations probably cancel out some of the ouchy ones, but because cocoa contains phenylethylamine, a chemical cousin of the 'in-love" hormone produced by the brain when pair bonding. (Yep, that's right, the plant world has us by our short and curlies! )

    So you have a gut issue that makes anti-inflammatories a no-no. I can't take those because I have an extra-sensitive stomach. Something that might help you is a cream like this:

    Hirudoid - Heals bruises fast


    I'm not sure what it will be called where you live, but you can ask a pharmacist for something with the same ingredients. I find this super effective with these sorts of injuries. When I was 22 my left leg got trapped behind a post at the knee and my mare tried to gallop off, causing us to fall into a steel-tube gate with my leg between her and the gate. They needed pipe benders to bend the gate back into shape, and I had a really interesting-looking leg for a while... but this stuff was good! Even in the vicinity of open wounds - just avoid those, but no big deal if a little makes contact, no sting. And make sure there is no alcohol in the base of the cream you buy!

    Also, laughter and mirth actually encourage healing (along with extra Vitamin C). This is the time to get out some of your favourite funny movies / comedy DVDs etc. I will leave you with two little clips to that effect:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCwMjEIEsvI

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTc3PsW5ghQ


         

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