|Photo is pre-mudhole sinkage. I caught them|
napping in the hot afternoon sun.
Once home I went over Suzie's legs, shoulders and hips and found no real pain response. No heat. No wounds. Nothing.
All the heaving and thrashing at the river easily could've made her pull something and make her sore, which is what I figured was the case. And so, I mixed up some bute and tucked her away in the paddock for the evening. A friend suggested cold hosing, but truthfully, I figured the strain was in her shoulder rather than in her actual leg.
|You can just see how she was feeling in her eyes/ expression.|
The next day Suzie was significantly better, about 99% sound, which was fantastic to see. To be on the safe side, she was re-dosed with bute again and has had the last three days off.
And while "treating" Suzie, I realized that my way of dealing with soreness and/or stiffness may not be the everyday norm. It kind of invokes an interesting discussion, as I know everyone has their own little remedy for certain situations.
First of all, I know most people would easily stall a lame horse, but I prefer to leave mine turned out. My thinking is; if it hurts, she won't walk beyond her limitations. I don't think that this would work for every horse or every situation, but it works for us.
There are exceptions to the "rule", however, in the sense that if she was three-legged lame, perhaps some immobilization would be beneficial (ie. stall). There is also the fact that my horses are the only two on the property - if there were more or ones who enticed mine to run/ act stupid, I'd prefer her to be in a paddock or run in type situation. But for the most part, any time Suzie has been stiff or sore, she's been turned out to "walk it off" (with bute and/or Previcoxx for pain management).
At her age, being locked in a stall for a few days could do some serious damage and like they say, "a body in motion stays in motion".
What do you do when your horse is a bit sore/stiff? Do you stall them? Why or why not?