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post #1 of 50 Old 02-07-2020, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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Horse fell in his stall

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So, this morning my horse got too excited about getting his breakfast and, according to the stable hand, he started jumping in his stall, slipped and fell down. That was around 6AM. At 9AM my horses trainer is usually putting all of his horses in a walker. Since my horse has problems with mud fever that makes his hind legs swollen and he can be a bit stiff in the morning, my trainer didn`t think nothing of his limping and put him in the walker for around 40-60 minutes.
Anyway, when I got to the stable, I took my horse out of the walker and saw that he is lame on his right hind. He drags the leg and his stride is shorter than the other leg. He seems VERY uncomfortable when turning - he doesn`t even lif the leg up, just drags it.
I sent videos to my vet (he`s specialized in orthopedics) and he said that it doesn`t look too serious, probably just a pulled muscle, and to just give him bute for 2 days and then see what happens.
Here is a video with him at walk -
Maybe someone here has had similar experience? How long did it take to get better? I just am a bit paranoid about my horses and if that would be my choice, I would haul him to the clinic right away. Sadly that is not an option at the moment.
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post #2 of 50 Old 02-07-2020, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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1. I donít believe the person who told you your horse just got too excited and fell. I think what really happened is your horse may have rushed the feed pan and the person feeding forced your horse backward too fast, causing him to twist and fall.

I say that because, years ago, I caught someone forcing my horse into the back corner during feeding, in an abusive manner, and I got the sob fired.

2. I canít believe an orthopedic vet doesnít seem too concerned and only suggested bute!?

Your horse needs examined to be sure he didnít tear something and to be sure he didnít put something out of place in his skeleton.

Were he my horse, I would be spitting nails over the feed personís story (because I think heís lying thru his/her teeth) and really spitting nails over the vetís blasť comment.

Get another opinion from someone who is willing to X-ray or ultrasound. If you have access to another vet who can x-ray or Ultrasound the legs, and a good chiropractor, thatís where my paycheck would be going this weekóóó

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What kind of trainer does not notice how lame this horse is and put it on a hot walker anyway?
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So he's not even picking it up to limp? At first I thought a stifle injury watching the video, but when Oops pulled her hammy being a huge dork (She likes to goof off in the trailer if it's open, stand on farm implements and piles of telephone poles like a goat), she would at least pick it up a little. IDK. If I saw him moving more, perhaps more of his entire body as he moves outside of the stall, I could tell better. Sorry I couldn't be more help.

I'd absolutely be raising hades and getting my own equine vet out there though.
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post #5 of 50 Old 02-07-2020, 02:16 PM
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I have no advice for you, just wanted to say your horse is beautiful! Hope he gets better soon.

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post #6 of 50 Old 02-07-2020, 02:19 PM
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The trainer definitely shouldn't have put him on the walker. At all. That's the first problem...I'd be livid.
Especially if he's limping...ridiculous! I'd get the vet out there though. I don't think bute is going to solve the problem, maybe it'll relieve some of his discomfort/pain, but regardless, it needs to be looked at. Sorry I don't have any other advice. Hope he feels better, keep us updated.
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Did you send the vet the first video or the second? The first video I could see someone thinking give him some bute, rest, and watch a few days. That second video is concerning though. It's really hard to figure out where the injury is from it. I'm curious how he fell (flipped over backwards, fell sideways?) I would be worried about a stifle or a pelvis injury. Does he have any heat or swelling?

I have to jump on the have the vet out in person band-wagon.

Please keep us in the loop.
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Having watched the first video (Dummy me missed it first go), I'm going to call it: Stifle injury. He's moving just like Oops.


Daughter asked if she should keep Oops in a pen while it healed. Vet said no - keep her in the pasture so she's moving around or it'll heal funny and be an ongoing risk of injury for the rest of her life. Your trainer may have just been trying to keep your horse moving so it doesn't seize up on him.... But I'd want vet confirmation that's the problem if it were me being the trainer before I did that, rather than risk worsening an injury.
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Originally Posted by walkinthewalk View Post
1. I donít believe the person who told you your horse just got too excited and fell. I think what really happened is your horse may have rushed the feed pan and the person feeding forced your horse backward too fast, causing him to twist and fall.

I say that because, years ago, I caught someone forcing my horse into the back corner during feeding, in an abusive manner, and I got the sob fired.

2. I canít believe an orthopedic vet doesnít seem too concerned and only suggested bute!?

Your horse needs examined to be sure he didnít tear something and to be sure he didnít put something out of place in his skeleton.

Were he my horse, I would be spitting nails over the feed personís story (because I think heís lying thru his/her teeth) and really spitting nails over the vetís blasť comment.

Get another opinion from someone who is willing to X-ray or ultrasound. If you have access to another vet who can x-ray or Ultrasound the legs, and a good chiropractor, thatís where my paycheck would be going this weekóóó

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What kind of trainer does not notice how lame this horse is and put it on a hot walker anyway?
I really don`t think that someone was abusive to my horse and that`s why he fell. He really is a very easily excitable horse and he just got a new buddy as a neighbor so this story does seem legit. Anyway barn I am boarding at has cameras everywhere and I will be asking for a record of this accident. Not because I don`t trust the stable hand, but because I want to know how exactly my horse fell and where he could have hurt himself.
I really don`t want to put blame on anyone, not my trainer or the stable hand. I know that accidents happen, and I was not 100% happy about how my horse was living there before the accident even happened so he already was scheduled to come back home next week due to those reasons. And then this happened.

Yes, I also worry that this does seem like a more than "pulled muscle". This is why I wanted to know if anyone has seen something at least a bit similar. Because to get the vet here in the next 1-2 weeks (probably longer) is impossible, but to get this horse to equine clinic is not going to be an easy task as well - he is very anxious about being in a trailer and it`s a 3 hour drive on one direction and the roads are all ice at this moment. if my vet would have said that this is emergency and I HAVE to take him - he would be in a clinic now. But now I am in doubt as in what to do...
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Did you send the vet the first video or the second? The first video I could see someone thinking give him some bute, rest, and watch a few days. That second video is concerning though. It's really hard to figure out where the injury is from it. I'm curious how he fell (flipped over backwards, fell sideways?) I would be worried about a stifle or a pelvis injury. Does he have any heat or swelling?

I have to jump on the have the vet out in person band-wagon.

Please keep us in the loop.
He fell sideways! Sadly the stable hand is not a rider or in any deeper way related to horses, so didn`t get any more details about the fall. :/

And I sent both of these videos and some more of him walking. There is no heat, so swelling. I palpated his leg, coxae, sacrum - no heat, swelling or even discomfort.
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