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Shoulder Injury

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  • OTTBLOVER Original Poster
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    Does anyone have any experience with shoulder injuries? My OTTB fell after bolting and while there is no break, we are still waiting to ultrasound it when the swelling goes down. I can’t find anything online besides Sweeney Shoulder and I am hoping someone can share some wisdom!

    pheets pheets
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    While waiting for swelling (cold hosing can help) to ease up for the ultrasound, maybe try looking into the anatomy of the shoulder instead of specifically injuries? That might help give you an idea of what structures have been insulted and possibly to what ballpark degree. Where I am not there to see how the horse moves and I am nowhere near a vet, I dare not offer more. If nothing else, it will help keep you occupied during the anxious wait. Crossing fingers and sending healing thoughts to you and your horse : )

    Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.

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    My Morgan/Welsh mare fell two years ago and after healing she went down on me twice. I retired her to be a pasture pet. Six months ago she was started on ligament/tendon supplements plus a senior supplement from Smartpak. She is now back in work with lower level Pony Club kids and is doing well. She is 20 years old. There is hope with a younger horse that the healng will be more complete. When the vet gives the go ahead let your horse have as much time out as possible. Out on pasture with older, quieter horses will keep the horse moving without too much excitement. Hope this helps!

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    When my mare injuried her should I didn’t give her enough time. Babied her back, lots of stretching, careful riding, till back to full work, she was working 100% and, wouldn’t you know one miss step and that was it. Second time around she became a pasture pet. :-( Once you are back at 100% continue to be very careful for a while.

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    As the last post stated, time is essential for healing. Your horse may never be 100% again and then again maybe so. I read about a warmup routine for older, stiff horses and it works for my mare. We start with a lot of walk-stretching, relaxing, and then go into an easy canter. I don’t ask her to round up for about a half hour. We then go back to walk and then will do trot work if she feels right. This works much better than the usual walk, trot, to canter routine. My mare is older and not in competition, but this could be adaptable to any joint injury and recovery. I wish you the best with your horse.

    pheets pheets
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    Excellent advice from Vivi! I am a huge fan of time and The Walk for everything from warm-up to conditioning to training to rehab. Doesn’t hurt when you want to simply hang with your Pone, either : )

    Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.

    OTTBLOVER Original Poster
    Topics Started: 1Replies Posted: 4

    Thanks to all for the good wishes and advice!

    Funny how you can find anything on the internet…until you can’t find anything at all! I am beginning to think that this is because the outcome is usually as bad as I am worried it will be.
    He is only 4 years old, so if he will be an unsound/uncomfortable pasture pet—-well…that’s a long lifetime of boredom and pain. I love him too much to let him suffer. I have been spending just as much time hanging out with him as I would have had we been riding or doing anything else. I am watching my normally sweet tempered–if a little young and dumb–gelding turn into an unhappy camper. He is not a fan of stall rest, and as every mother knows, this is all my fault! He has been telling me so–every chance he gets. While he was never a huge fan of grooming (What 4 year old boy wants his face washed?) he used to at least enjoy the “Itchy” spots and now only 1 1/2 weeks out he doesn’t even want to be touched at all.
    Only 4 more days until the ultrasound….

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    you can’t make any decisions until you know what the injury is. a little bit of boredom and discomfort for awhile may be worth it. A horse in our barn broke his jaw and the of course distraught owner wanted to put him down. The vet missed the injury when the horse was first seen and so the horse also got infected. the prognosis was always guarded but the barn owner and I are very stubborn and we took over the horse. he was on stall rest for 4 months was on 3 different antibiotics one injectable. for 4 months. had three wires placed to his jaw and he is a TB. He has completely healed. went back to his owner who rides him every day although she now uses a hackimore. When he was on stall rest he was unhappy. he had alot of pain and was sometimes inconsolable but now he is back to his great big beautiful happy self.

    Odie4Me Odie4Me
    Topics Started: 0Replies Posted: 13

    My friend’s horse had a shoulder injury and because he was a young horse she planned to compete, she invested in having the vet do IRAP. It worked great and she got her horse back. But of course it requires stall rest and diligence in taking it easy when bringing the horse back. Given his age, I would seriously look into this procedure and or stem-cell. You can google IRAP for equines and it will give you a pretty good idea what it entails.

    Hope this helps and good luck to you and your horse.

    TWH Girl TWH Girl
    Topics Started: 2Replies Posted: 31

    No advice to offer you but just wanted to send well wishes for both of you! I hope your sweet boy heals up quickly for both of your sakes. How did the ultrasound turn out?

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