Will one short gallop damage healing? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 8 Old 10-23-2015, 06:07 PM Thread Starter
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Will one short gallop damage healing?

So, my horse has some tendon damage. Not serious, vet said three weeks healing, we're at 2.5 weeks... and like an idiot, I left the gate to the pasture open when I turned him out into the corral.

I figured it'd be a game of cat-and-mouse if I went out to catch him, so I bribed him with some hay, which he usually just wanders in to eat... and of course he galloped in. Just about 10 seconds, but I saw that leg (wrapped) buckle a bit on one stride.

Could I have just set back all his healing by that 10 seconds? I can't ice him right now but will as soon as I can just to be safe.

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post #2 of 8 Old 10-23-2015, 07:44 PM
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It certainly can.

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post #3 of 8 Old 10-23-2015, 08:32 PM
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It can. All it takes is a split second.

What's done is done, things happen.

Chances are he is fine, but he may not be. You will see.

If the vet said rest for 3 weeks it doesn't sound serious and you are almost there.

Did the vet do tests-u/s? I would call the vet and just mention it, they may want to re-u/s to be safe.
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Oh, we already have an ultrasound sched for next week. It's already past closing, and I know what to do, so I'll just call and update them if it looks like he did anything to it. Idiot was chasing the babies around tonight too, so he's now banned from the corral for a few days.
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They always like to help don't they?

Hope all is well.
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It can do damage, but it may not have.

My mare pulled a suspensory ligament a few years ago. I took diligent, dutiful care of her for over eight months. We were finally cleared by the vet to do walk/trot riding on firm ground for fifteen minutes per day. Before I even had the chance to get on her back, the other horses on the farm broke out of their paddock and had a merry gallop all around.

My mare, not wanting to miss the fun, jumped her fence and joined the leaders in a hair-raising gallop for what felt like hours. It scared the living daylights out of me. The only effect on her was that she was very out of breath.

She's 100% sound now and back in full work. So, it's the luck of the draw. I hope your horse recovers fine.
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We seem to have dodged the bullet. I pulled him in, there was no swelling, but just to be safe he still got iced and Bute (and rewrapped of course). This morning, it's still nice and tight. I'm using the Back On Track No Bows, they're awesome.

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