Saturday, September 05, 2009

box rest

she went out yesterday a lot better than she came in today... could barely move the offending limb! i was so concerned i rang the vet .. but by the time they rang back, i'd decided it didn't need an emergency out of hours visit and will ring them monday morning.

something horrid is going on in there! and i wouldn't be surprised if the other horses are taking advantage of that fact (well, one in particular)

so i should have had her in last night, clearly

anyway, she's in now until we sort out what it is and she starts showing consistent improvement.

some hours after i brought her in, she still struggled to turn in that direction to get to her hay....

see how she is tomorrow, there might be something to be said for abandoning use of the hay bar for now and putting the hay in front of the door next to the water

but was pleased I'd gone early afternoon instead of early evening, as at least that meant there was still a feed store open to buy haylage, of which, of course, i had none. .could have borrowed, but you know what that's like ....

8 comments:

trudi said...

:-( sorry Claire that it's not better news, hope the vet can sort things on Monday.

Claire said...

well, i rather think

1. i shouldn't have done anything with her this week

and

2. because it's getting worse, it's either a torn muscle altogether, or a fracture (bone chip sort)

Jean said...

Oh, dear. That is worrying, for sure. However, sometimes muscle injuries do take a turn for the worse on the way to healing.

Still, it sounds to me as if you need a more thorough evaluation just in case you need to take more precautions or give some extra treatment.

Seems as if keeping her in is a good idea for now.

Mary Lou said...

Sometimes when you get an injury the worst day is the second or third when the swelling and inflammation is at its peak. It hurts and movement is restricted. So it could just be the normal progression of a soft tissue injury. Can you turn her out in a small paddock by herself and expect her to be calm? That way she can move if she choses but but not too much and not be threatened by other horses. And when you turn her out again can you put her with just one other horse who is kind to her? It's always a risk putting them in a field with many other horses.

Claire said...

thanks folks.

mary lou, we don't have that option (which is why introductions are scary!) - no small paddocks. she should be fine in, with her friend in the mirror for company! at least i know she likes that stable!

Di said...

Hopefully it's a soft tissue injury Claire, Jean's right they are often worse after a couple of days. Perhaps you could walk her out in-hand for some gentle exercise?

Kate said...

Good luck - hope the vet is able to give some more useful advice. Sorry she's hurting.

Danni said...

Monday's not far off, and now that's she's in she can rest that sore leg.