injury healing

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  • stephanie_korth Original Poster
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    Last week my saddlebred fell and pulled a few muscles (vet diagnosed pulled muscles) and i was told to keep him on stall rest however when in his stall for too long the starts thrashing about and isnt helping his muscles heal. Does anybody have any ideas on what to do? To atleast keep him entertained or ideas as to get him out of his stall

    Rhinestone Cowgirl Rhinestone Cowgirl
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    Poor guy! I’ve been through this with mine, being laid up to heal is certainly no fun! First I eliminated grain from their diet, since they were not expending the calories, and they certainly didn’t need the excess energy! I used a slow feeder hay net with small holes to keep them busy and to extend their hay and made sure to refill it so they always had something to munch on. I tried a variety of stall toys but neither of them would touch them, so instead I gave them a babysitter horse as a buddy. That isn’t always an option for everyone, BUT it made the biggest difference. They were calm and content as long as they had a buddy with them. Also, I have access to panels so was able to create a small stall-sized turnout pen outside the barn area for my mare. This made her very happy as well, as she felt in the middle of everything. And if your vet oks it, and you feel you can safely manage to keep him from hurting himself, a little hand grazing may help. Lastly, I never had to resort to calming supplements, but I do believe that a horse on forced stall rest that will not settle down is a candidate for them. You can look into that as well. Hope he makes a quick recovery!

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    amlenning
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    I haven’t tried it for stall rest (thank goodness no one has gotten hurt lately) but maybe a lick-it toy or uncle Jimmy’s hangin balls (they have sugar free I believe) and my horses play on those well. Buddy horses or goats or whatever is a good way to go. You can cross tie your horse in the stall if you think that would help, a while back my horse was tied for a week because he had stitches in his elbow so we couldn’t let him lay down and it also kept him quieter in his stall.good luck and hope he gets better quickly!!

    kate_foley
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    When my gelding was on stall rest after surgery, we found that having a friend staying inside with him during the day really helped. All the barn members at the farm allowed their horses to take turns staying in, in a stall next to Lugnut so he wouldn’t be alone. I also made sure to groom him daily so that he would get attention and we did a ton of ground exercises and stretches to keep him limber and prevented him from getting bored. He was also fed lots of small meals to give him something to do. Hope that helps and good luck!

    teri_grogan
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    You can add a small ball toy to his stall hang it from only a high spot to where his nose can touch it, or even on the floor of his stall.
    This is also only if he is use to playing with the toys. If you can open a window of the stall also and let him see the other horses if this will help him out to. Or even let him have access to the barn isle to look out side.

    stephanie_korth Original Poster
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    Thanks for all the imput guys. We weaned off our foal yesterday and im going to introduce them today in hopes that they will get along so i can put them in the foaling stall and maybe finally get my horse a pasture buddy.

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