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post #1 of 6 Old 12-03-2014, 10:49 PM Thread Starter
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Pain in hind fetlock

My horse is 17 and about 2-3 weeks ago I was riding and he tripped on a pot hole and came down on both front legs and after I got off I could tell he was in abit of pain the day after I had the farrier come and do his feet and he said how there's a lump on his back and his back legs need seeing too so I got the chiropractor to come out and put his back back in place as it was out of alignment and he said his hind fetlock is really inflamed so put rapid gel on it for 4 days and see how he goes all that was done within a week of the accident as I left nothing to chance so a week after the rapid gel been put on for 4 days and his fetlock 100% I started to put him back into slow work I lunged him for 5 mins and for the first time he loved it and did so well I came down again later that night and thought I would give him another little lunge that lasted 2-3 mins he hated it and pig rooted and played up so I stopped and put him back in the paddock and cleaned up when I was leaving I noticed that fetlock he wasn't putting any pressure on it he lifted it up and put weight on the other one so I went and got more rapid gel and put that on him and have done for the past 3 days this morning I went down to put it on and when I would go near him he lifted up his leg so I couldn't touch it and kicked me a few times so I put it on as best as I could he walks completely fine on it but when I touch it it's obvious its in pain I don't know what to do I could cry I shouldn't of lunes him twice and think that's what did it I feel like a complete idiot I contacted the chiropractor and he said to keep up with the rapid gel and cease all work till swelling and inflammation and pain has gone, is there anyone who's had to deal with same thing that could give me and tips or advice on what to do I hate seeing him in pain!
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post #2 of 6 Old 12-03-2014, 11:12 PM
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Sounds like you need a vet at this point.

Is it hot and swollen? Is there an actual bump?

Don't feel bad about lunging him, we all make mistakes sometimes. Do leave him alone until you get the all clear then start again slowly.

Do NOT let him kick you. I don't care if it hurts, do NOT baby him. He can stand politely and quietly while you do what you need to. Do NOT let him act up, do things to keep yourself safe (have his halter and lead on, don't let him turn his butt to you, etc) and if he does act up discipline him. I know it hurts and I'm sorry it hurts but he NEEDS to behave properly for your safety and ease of handling.
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post #3 of 6 Old 12-04-2014, 12:33 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your reply! It doesn't appear swollen to me and it's not hot but warm but I haven't let it for 2 days as he wont let me touch it so I just throw on the gel as fast as I can he walk fine and I've seen him trotting fine he appears completely fine and normal until you actually touch it or go to touch it than he won't let you I wish I could get the vet out asap to check himself but it's $400 just for the vet to come and look and an extra few hundred for his treatment, the past 3 weeks I've spent $700 on him with this injury and gear but if it comes to that obviously I will be getting the vet but I'm hoping it will come right, and I've been told by a few people I need to stop babying him it's not good for myself or him thats why I've been doing alot of ground work with him because his attitude is horrible
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post #4 of 6 Old 12-04-2014, 01:09 AM
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last year the horse I was leasing had a similar experience. I think he slammed his foot intot the ground when he got stung by a bee, and jumped about.

anyway, he was sort of off, then ok, then worse, and then with paddoc rest, got somewhat better, such that his owner lunged him and so on and so on. all the while we had him wrapped and did some cold hosing and all. but, the long and the short of this was that he did NOT get better, and stayed "off", and rest got him better, but if we made him move much, thinking he was better, he was worse again.

his owner felt that it was some kind of soft tissue injury, and did not want to pay for a vet , sincd the vet would say, "paddock/stall rest" and that was what she was doing anyway.

after months, she had to move him to a semi retirement situtation, so that was the end of my time with him.

so, I'd get the vet out, and I'd rest him twice as long as you think you should. that's my limited advice, based on my limited experience.
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I agree, get the Vet out. Have you tried cold hosing the fetlock ? then putting that gel on it ?
Stall rest until the Vet sees him.
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post #6 of 6 Old 12-04-2014, 11:36 AM
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It would be cheaper to just get the vet out at this point.

I was about to say cold hosing is a good idea.

I really just think he's being a nudge about you touching it and it's working. Don't let him. Be safe, tie him or have someone hold him and watch where his feet are. Yes go slow and be gentle but YOU call the shots.
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