Accident Prone Horse

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  • juliabrittain Original Poster
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    I seem to be having a problem with keeping my horse sound. I have owned him for over 2 years, and in total, he has been lame for 1 year. He just can’t stay sound. He popped a splint in the first 3 months and then I gave him time off, and when I brought him back to work he was a compleletly different horse. He was super naughty and would buck a huge amount, which gave him back problems and even more time off. When I brought him back, he was crazy and ran around and re-injured himself. Then we had a period of 6-8 months of no problems, until we had a re-check and discovered the his splint injury was growing back into the suspensory so we gave him surgery and shockwave therapy. Now I just started jumping him again and he rammed his two front legs into the jump pole (He was wearing boots) and he has one large, hard, some what heated, lump on the front of each of his cannon bones. Is there any medication or supplement to strengthen his bones, tendons and ligaments to help end my problem!! I do not want to have another year where I have to be thinking about whether I can ride or not! PLEASE HELP ME 🙁

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    If I were you, I would address these questions to my vet. Perhaps you should not be jumping him at all for a period of time, but just ride him to keep him from going nuts without stressing possibly vulnerable areas?

    It is never the horse's fault

    Mapale Mapale
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    I have the most wonderful mare – who is also a struggle to keep sound. In the many years I’ve owned her she has had four bouts of tendonitis, a stretched tendon sheath, broken a cannon bone, and foundered on hay (never heard of that before? me neither). That does not include the times she’s been kicked by other horses, once in the nerve in her chest and she couldn’t walk for nearly a week, and once required stitches and a two month layup. She has long pasterns and keeping her sound requires meticulous farriery, short toes, and smart shoeing. I don’t want to jinx anything by telling you how great she is doing, SHHHH!, but I have her on smart flex rehab, and it seems to be providing her the extra things she needs to stay sound. (No advertisement here as each horse is different – but it does seem to be working for her.) Prior to her last injury I had her on Cosequin daily for two years in which time she sustained tendonitis and foundered.

    I’ve only been mounted when one of those injuries occurred – her hind leg went into a hole hidden by a pile of leaves going through a trail in the woods. I heard the awful thump when she struck bottom. By the time that one happened I had everything I needed on hand to treat immediately, so we had a quicker rebound on that injury. The secret to tendon injury is immediate, consistent, and thorough treatment. What she did to herself while in the pasture the other times is anyone’s guess, but I know the absolute horror of seeing your horse limp toward you – AGAIN.

    I agree with Joe-Joe, as I often do, discuss a rehab program with your vet – evaluate your farrier – and your horse’s nutritional needs. Smartflex Rehab is expensive, and I would not do it unless I believed it was helping. It is working for us.

    The second tricky part is rehab. As my mare has gotten older each time coming back from injury has been harder for her. Layoff causes a drastic decline in conditioning and as with everything else equine requires patience and a lot of time because IT HURTS. For the first and only time, this year she misbehaved going back into work. She’d had plenty of time off and was perfectly sound, but she needed something more, so I asked for and received some wonderful advice from pheets on liniment usage here on this forum. (You can find it under Liniment 101). This is also where Joe-Joe’s advice is excellent, you probably need to give more time to casual riding instead of jumping, to keep your horse’s head into work and his body in condition. Don’t rush it, and don’t hesitate to use liniments and cold hosing to relieve workout pain and stiffness, it makes an unbelievable difference. With my most willing mare, bad behavior was a signal that I was asking too much without providing her the support she needed. New supplements, liniments, a modest workout program, and cold hosing after exercise all have helped tremendously – and this year for the first time in many years we have had many marvelous fall rides – routinely going five plus miles, and gaiting beautifully.

    I feel for you because I have walked in your shoes, and wish there was a quicker solution. The silver lining here is that injury can deepen your relationship with your horse and bring his trust for you to a whole new level. It’s where he discovers that he is loved, not just used. And where you discover how far you will go to preserve well-being for your horse. You can save him, Julia, hang in there.

    Alois Podhajsky: “When I hear somebody talk about a horse being stupid, I figure it’s a sure sign that animal has outfoxed them. ...

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
    Topics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205

    Just thought of another thing, after reading all the great advice from Pheets – try working your horse gently in long reins and in hand. Not just for conditioning, but to keep him flexible (mentally as well as physically) and amenable to direction. Adding the weight and balance issues of having a rider might contribute to either pain or other issues after being laid up for a period of time. Even lame horses can do something to keep their focus, hopefully preventing their natural exhuberance from causing yet another injury.

    It is never the horse's fault

    NinaJD NinaJD
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    I agree with pheets with the rehab. I had my gelding on it because of his arthritis, ringbone and other issues. It worked great for him and he didn’t have near as many issues as the 2 of your horses have had.
    i also agree with joe-joe, maybe he’s just not designed to be a jumper and all the extra work is causing too much stress on his bones/joints. maybe he just needs to do something easy.

    "Take the time it takes, so that it takes less time."
    "Expect a lot, accept a little, reward often."
    Pat Parelli

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