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post #11 of 26 Old 03-08-2013, 08:16 PM
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Oh man that is always so scary when your horse goes lame! I'm happy to hear that he is doing better today. I know that you do your best that you can. It is hard when you can't afford to keep him indoors all the time. I'm sure he likes it better outside anyway. Does he have special shoes? I don't live in the snow but I'veheard there are types of shoes you can get to help prevent slipping. Like I said, Never lived in the snow, so I wouldn't know if they actually work! I hope he gets all the way better soon! I'm glad that he finally has a friend, too! (And a mini no less! I'm sure they are adorable together!) Keep up the good horse-care!

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Oh man that is always so scary when your horse goes lame! I'm happy to hear that he is doing better today. I know that you do your best that you can. It is hard when you can't afford to keep him indoors all the time. I'm sure he likes it better outside anyway. Does he have special shoes? I don't live in the snow but I'veheard there are types of shoes you can get to help prevent slipping. Like I said, Never lived in the snow, so I wouldn't know if they actually work! I hope he gets all the way better soon! I'm glad that he finally has a friend, too! (And a mini no less! I'm sure they are adorable together!) Keep up the good horse-care!
Aww, thank you I wish I could afford to keep him inside all the time; I feel like I'm doing pretty good with keeping him on stall rest until he's healed, making sure he gets his vaccinations every year, worming him, getting his feet trimmed on time, teeth floated when needed, and always making sure he has hay and grain. Image always comes first; before I ever buy anything for myself, I make sure there's nothing he needs more than I do.
And Image doesn't wear shoes, he goes barefoot. Most horses that do wear shoes, only get snow pads to keep the ice and snow from building up in their hooves. I've seen horses come down from Canada, though, with spikes on their shoes. I'd hate to get kicked by one of them, haha.
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post #13 of 26 Old 03-08-2013, 09:14 PM
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Awwe that's an awesome picture! I hope your guy heals up fast and strays that way!

I get it too, my gelding has been out of commission for almost two months and we've missed two shows and a clinic! First, he went mysteriously lame and would buck anytime I rode. My BO had a couple horses to see the chiro, and I added my guy to the group. Took the chiro three weeks to gt out to the barn because we had the wrong number! So it turned out he had a tilted pelvis, most likely from slipping in the snow. Another week off, before I could start riding, got on him once just walk. Next day I get out to the barn and he's dead lame, abscess, took a week and a half to go away. Got on him once, just walk. He gets shoed and the same day I go out to ride him, dead lame. Apparently the farrier shied him wrong, so he had toget his shoe pulled and put back on. I'm hoping to he able to ride him tomorrow.

I get it too. :)
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Awwe that's an awesome picture! I hope your guy heals up fast and strays that way!

I get it too, my gelding has been out of commission for almost two months and we've missed two shows and a clinic! First, he went mysteriously lame and would buck anytime I rode. My BO had a couple horses to see the chiro, and I added my guy to the group. Took the chiro three weeks to gt out to the barn because we had the wrong number! So it turned out he had a tilted pelvis, most likely from slipping in the snow. Another week off, before I could start riding, got on him once just walk. Next day I get out to the barn and he's dead lame, abscess, took a week and a half to go away. Got on him once, just walk. He gets shoed and the same day I go out to ride him, dead lame. Apparently the farrier shied him wrong, so he had toget his shoe pulled and put back on. I'm hoping to he able to ride him tomorrow.

I get it too. :)
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Aww, thank you! That sounds so much like my guy, too! It's helpful that you can relate to me, haha. We've been missing shows all winter, too, but at this point I just want to be able to ride my baby again soon. I've been riding my trainer's horses, but Image just fits me so well.
I know what you mean! It's like I finally get to start riding him and then he goes lame again! I really hope you get to ride your boy tomorrow You have no idea how happy I was when I got to my barn today and saw him actually putting weight on that leg; I was so worried it was something bone-related! *phew*.
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Haha yup I totally get, the whole one step forward, eighteen steps back thing is totally killing me. I think I've gotten like 12 hours of sleep total this week haha. He's also my first horse which just makes everything more nerve wracking! I missed the entire winter circuit and my clinic :( and I've been riding my trainers horse too!! He's a big AQHA with a completely different attitude than my boy (read: he's a pain in the a##). Just way too different from my little Morgan/TB/QH mutt boy! :)

And thanks!! I hope all goes well tomorrow too! :) good luck with your guy!
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Ahh, I totally know what you mean! Image is my first horse, too, and it's tearing me to pieces! March 31st will be our 1 year anniversary and I'll be so upset if he's still lame then =[ It's even gotten to the point where I'm not going to jump him anymore because I'm so paranoid (not that it's a huge deal, but I love my jumping, haha). I'm 21 but I'm teeny tiny (5'0", haha) and Image is 14.1 so he fits me perfectly. Well, I've been riding my trainer's Friesen who is an absolutely tank, and her TB. COMPLETELY different rides than my little Arab.
And thank you, I hope everything works itself out =]
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post #17 of 26 Old 03-10-2013, 12:27 PM
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Turning out on ice and snow is a fact of life in my neck of the woods too. It is NOT true that a horse will not avoid ice. All my horses always did it. However, I am always watchful for ice in areas where they must walk -- near the barn and near the water trough. For those areas, I do whatever I can to ensure better footing.

Stall rest makes it difficult also because horses are meant to move, so if your horse doesn't require immobilization, but limited movement I would make a smaller turnout area for him. Also, if he's stalled, when he gets out there again, he's more than likely going to be an idiot about it :) Stall rest can easily make matters worse instead of better. It's a balancing act.

Some horses are just more prone to this or that than others. My current mare for example provides me with a constant learning curve about thrush. None of my other horses did. But she'll bonk herself on stuff, get cuts and who knows what, and heal up perfectly to the amazement of friends and the vet.

That said, I would not have been riding 2 weeks after a tendon strain. Generally. I would have done ground work only for about a month and then worked slowly back to full riding. Maybe a couple of months until back to normal. Of course, that depends on the severity. Now this time around, take it slow. If you go too fast, you'll be right back here again :(

In future, I would be extra vigilent on his hoof care, and consider using boots on him for trailering and riding. Walk your pasture for holes and other risks.

Good luck.
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Turning out on ice and snow is a fact of life in my neck of the woods too. It is NOT true that a horse will not avoid ice. All my horses always did it. However, I am always watchful for ice in areas where they must walk -- near the barn and near the water trough. For those areas, I do whatever I can to ensure better footing.

Stall rest makes it difficult also because horses are meant to move, so if your horse doesn't require immobilization, but limited movement I would make a smaller turnout area for him. Also, if he's stalled, when he gets out there again, he's more than likely going to be an idiot about it :) Stall rest can easily make matters worse instead of better. It's a balancing act.

Some horses are just more prone to this or that than others. My current mare for example provides me with a constant learning curve about thrush. None of my other horses did. But she'll bonk herself on stuff, get cuts and who knows what, and heal up perfectly to the amazement of friends and the vet.

That said, I would not have been riding 2 weeks after a tendon strain. Generally. I would have done ground work only for about a month and then worked slowly back to full riding. Maybe a couple of months until back to normal. Of course, that depends on the severity. Now this time around, take it slow. If you go too fast, you'll be right back here again :(

In future, I would be extra vigilent on his hoof care, and consider using boots on him for trailering and riding. Walk your pasture for holes and other risks.

Good luck.
When I have him on stall rest, I turn him out in the arena by himself if he can handle it.
When I started riding him after his tendon strain, it was literally for 10-15 minutes bareback and with his leg still wrapped in a standing wrap. He didn't have anymore heat or swelling afterwards, and the vet said it's actually good for him because he's perfectly sound on it. His strain wasn't bad at all, and the vet said even waiting 2 weeks was being extra extra cautious. The night I rode him for half an hour, was also bareback and we trotted for possibly 30 seconds to a minute total. I know what I'm doing, and so does my trainer and vets. In fact, he's still perfectly sound on that LF even with going through being lame on his RH right now.
I also use polo wraps on all 4 legs every single time I ride, and I put shipping wraps or boots on him when I trailer him (which hasn't been in about 6 months). But thank you for throwing it out there that I don't know what I'm doing and I don't care for my horse correctly. Much appreciated
I can understand if you're trying to help me, but if you don't know what care I give my horse the correct way to give me advice would be to ASK me before insinuating that I don't know what I'm doing.
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post #19 of 26 Old 03-11-2013, 08:40 AM
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I got clearance from both my vet and training to start riding him again after his abscess, and he was perfectly sound. We just think he hurt himself playing too much on the hard ground outside.
Today, the vet said he either has another abscess or he strained something in his leg slightly from playing too hard outside. So when he's sound enough to go outside again, we're going to have to separate him from his friends for a little bit. He never really had horsey friends that he got along with before, so I think he's just getting way too excited about it.
Unless your vet xrayed - there is no 100% guarantee the original abscess was completely gone.
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Aww, thank you I wish I could afford to keep him inside all the time; I feel like I'm doing pretty good with keeping him on stall rest until he's healed, making sure he gets his vaccinations every year, worming him, getting his feet trimmed on time, teeth floated when needed, and always making sure he has hay and grain. Image always comes first; before I ever buy anything for myself, I make sure there's nothing he needs more than I do.
And Image doesn't wear shoes, he goes barefoot. Most horses that do wear shoes, only get snow pads to keep the ice and snow from building up in their hooves. I've seen horses come down from Canada, though, with spikes on their shoes. I'd hate to get kicked by one of them, haha.
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