Good morning….my horse managed to incur a Deep Digital Flexor tendon injury. Treatment is ongoing but the horse does not do well on stall rest. As long as the horses are inside he is fine, but, as soon as it comes time for turnout, he paces himself into a sweaty knot of anxiety..obviously not what is good for a recovering tendon. For the short term we are trying a small amount of Ace, about 2 ccs, about 30-45 minutes prior to the horses getting turned out in the hopes it will keep him more settled. The problem is that we don’t want to keep this up obviously.
I am trying to locate a feed through that people have had good success with. I’ve tried a few previously but even on horses I wouldn’t have considered overly anxious, but they barely registered; this horse is going to need a stronger opponent but really just to get him through the turnout routine and a couple of hours beyond, but, if it acts longer it certainly won’t hurt matters.
I did speak to his vet at length about this but she doesn’t have any one preference. As she indicated, and as others have said, each horse reacts differently. I am also researching some much lower in sugar type feeds to hopefully chill down the energy level. Reserpine was mentioned by the vet but I have gotten a bunch of shudders when I mentioned it.
Is it possible to leave at least one horse inside with him? That might be the best thing. One of mine pitches a fit and falls in it if she does not have someone in the next stall, one just doesn’t like to be in at all, and one doesn’t care as long as he has something to eat. Have tried several calming supplements, but none of them fixed that issue, although they did help with some others.
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