confined & stir crazy

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  • bonnysue Original Poster bonnysue
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    We had a severely injured filly who had to be confined with restricted movement for 6 months. The vet recommended euthanizing because it was such a severe injury and she didn’t believe the young horse could tolerate the twice daily treatments or the lengthy restriction. They said if she survives, she will never be ridden or sound. We decided to try, if she would.
    We have helped many “damaged” horses so have been quite experimental in treatment. We have, so far, always found a way.
    We immediately researched supplements to restructure or strengthen ligaments and tendons, for soft tissue and bones and joints and came up with what we felt was a good combination. We put her on them immediately.
    In this case, after returning from Davis, she had to be confined to a stall for 30 days at the vets.
    We brought her former stable mate (sister) to the vets and boarded her next to the injured filly for familiar company which calmed her a lot emotionally. The sister was turned out to run twice daily when the injured filly went into the clinic for her 1 hour treatments.
    We recruited volunteers to visit with her, multiple times a day. They were allowed to bring chewey toys (rubber) and small pieces of carrots, apples and cookies. They were required to ask something of the filly before she got the treat.
    This kept the brain active which goes a long way toward filling the void of activity. The volunteers had a great time thinking of things to ask her to do. She eventually began diong the things they had been asking her to do, on her own, I presume to expedite the receipt of treats. Some people don’t approve of the treat methods for training etc, but I believe that rewards are a good thing as long as you maintain manners. In this case, she deserved anything that worked. She was in horrible pain, in strange place and was receiving injections and painful treatments very often. After a bit over a month, vet said she could come home. We put her in a slightly larger stall for another month, with same interaction from people and her sister right outside her door. The second month, vet said she could walk a little more than a stall allowed, but walk only. Since most horses stand or pace, the turning in the stall was worse pressure on her ankle with the constant turns than walking in a straight line. Vet asked if we could narrow her paddock but she immediately trotted the length. So, we made a maze of panels for her to navigate, 3 feet wide inside her14 x 26′ paddock. It came from her stall and back to her stall. She was fed in her stall and had pleanty of room to lie down in her stall. We put lots of fresh loose sand in her stall to entice her to lay down as much as possible and she spent much time playing in the sand. We brought in a fresh wheelbarrow often because shge seemed to love playing in the fresh stuff most.
    She enjoyed the maze, the attention and became the hit and personality of the ranch.
    We continue her tricks and treats and she is very vocal and “talks” to everyone who comes near, or within her vision..
    The injury happened one year ago Thanksgiving.
    She was shown at halter this spring and ridden this summer…….
    ……Happy Trails / LiL’ Buckaroo Ranch, Reno

    Barrelracer612 Barrelracer612
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    That is great! I love to see injured horses that can be saved to have a great life! The only thing I wanted to add was about the sand you put in her stall….I am sure she loved it , but I don’t know if that was the best option if she was fed on the ground (if you had a hay bag still be cautious because if some dropped out and she cleaned it up). I am taking a Veterinary Technician course , and we have dealt with allot of cases of colic (some from sand). You sound like you know what you are doing, but just wanted to make sure.:)

    bonnysue Original Poster bonnysue
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    When composing myexperience with the injured filly, I knew people were going to worry about the sand and just forgot to add this note…and thanks to barrelracer612 for her concern…We live in the desert and sand is our ground. Miles wide and many feet deep. Our horses, especially the mustangs who were born in the wild, have fared pretty well. We lost 2 horses in 10 years from colic but surprisingly, neither from sand! We have deep metal feeders and never intentionally feed off the ground,of course none of the horses leave it all in there. We feed a dose of bran once a week but would be interested in any other or better preventative measures.

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