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post #1 of 4 Old 02-26-2015, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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Horse with Shoulder Injury

My almost 30 year old was running in the pasture yesterday. I dont know if he collided with the other horse,(who was probably chasing him, the other horse is very dominant when being fed/watered, which they were getting watered) or if the dominant one kicked him, or if he just slipped. But immediately after my sister noticed he was not putting weight on his left front leg at all. He was pointing it out in front of him. I went down and from his knee down looked swollen to me. He couldn't walk on it well at all and almost fell when he tried. We locked him in the barn and he ended up laying down on the leg (we were afraid he wouldn't be able to get up,but he did 1hr later) he fell asleep for awhile and seemed relieved. The vet arrived shortly after he stood back up and his first words were "This is not good" when he saw his leg. I think his first thought when looking at it was that it was broke. After examining it he said his leg seemed fine and had us remove part of his blanket. He then examined his elbow/shoulder area and flexed his leg. He told us it was not broke anywhere but that he seemed to have injured it. I asked him where and he said the shoulder area and showed me how when he lifted the leg up he tried to move away from him and it was apparent that he was not at all comfortable when the vet did that. The vet prescribed stall rest until he seems 100% better and 4 scoops of bute a day for a few days then down to three,etc.. After he left I researched shoulder injuries and read they are rare and usually is something else. I trust my vet's diagnosis but was wondering if anyone had experience with a shoulder injury? Or if anyone has any opinions that are different. I know it is hard to tell by someones descriptions and not seeing it for yourself but any help would be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions let me know. Today, he is putting weight on it and seems much better, that is probably because of the bute though.

I've had him 6 1/2 years and have never dealt with a injury like this. In the past he injured his right shoulder when he fell on a ride with an previous owner( never bothered him since I got him, but I only do light riding with him) and he also tore his two rear suspensory ligaments with the same owner at a later time(he was an endurance horse, after that she retired him.)

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks so much!
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post #2 of 4 Old 02-26-2015, 07:14 PM
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Wow, I'm so sorry you're dealing with this. Always follow your vet's recommendation for any illness or injuries. I'd advise against massage therapy or liniment rubs on the injured area for a while as massage/rubs may actually increase the lameness on a recent injury. That said, your horse will begin to redistribute his weight to his other limbs to relieve the pain in the injured limb, so he could begin to show swelling in his other legs as they take on the weight bearing duties. Massage/rubs on the 3 other limbs is ok and will help him better deal with the situation. You might even consider asking one of your hunter/jumper friends or your vet to show you how to do a leg support wrap while your horse recovers.
All is not lost, though you may think the healing process goes on forever. Use the time to do some grooming and gentle stretches [carrots between the horse's knees to stretch out his back; carrots back at his rib cage to get him to flex]. Try to find some tips on training a horse to stand at halter and practise getting him to stand still or move his feet at your command. Even learning to braid can be a bonding session with him. Simple trick training can keep the two of you active - tricks like head nodding, laughing on cue, or other limited motion tricks. I use to hide treats under buckets or teach the horse to pick up a handkerchief. Not much physical action but a lot of brain activity!
My old boy isn't as quick as he once was and we ran a separate turn out area for him to keep him away from more aggressive horse. Whenever we change turnouts, we put the old boy in the barn until the other horses are done running around, then take the senior citizen out to the area with a lead rope. I generally hang around for a while to ensure there's no dominance stuff. When it's time to come in, the old horse is caught first and keep clear of the crew.
Good luck!
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My older mare slipped when it was very wet in the pasture and was heavily limping after. I gave her a couple weeks off and after that she has been totally fine. Sometimes the horse can just twist its leg and have a bit of a limp but it can get better with just a bit of rest.
My younger gelding did something similar but recovered after a weeks rest. He was limping quite badly.
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post #4 of 4 Old 02-16-2016, 11:27 PM Thread Starter
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I know this is an older post and I realized I never thanked ya'll for your help, so Thanks! He recovered after 2 weeks of stall rest and has no problems with it. If you wouldn't mind checking out my newest post, I'd appreciate any advice you might have. Thanks again:)
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