Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Recovering from the Sink Hole

Photo is pre-mudhole sinkage. I caught them
napping in the hot afternoon sun.
 Carrying on from the previous entry (which was long enough as it is!), I knew something was up purely based off of the way Suzie was walking. I dismounted and walked my soggy ass home with a muddy red mare and trotting mini in tow.

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?


  1. So glad everything turned out mostly okay!

    I'm the same way with pretty much any type of injury. If you can still walk, your ass is going outside.

  2. omg that first picture - too funny!! and yea i tend to agree about keeping them turned out if possible. especially bc my horse is so much happier out there - she's actually maybe more likely to get riled up and freak out inside, doing more damage anyway

  3. This is definitely a case by case question, IMHO. It depends on the horse and the situation but I always try to remember that horses were built to walk miles and miles everyday. So sometimes stalling does more harm than good.

    1. It does depend on the situation - absolutely!

  4. So glad she was ok after the whole ordeal!

    I know I am late to the game but I agree with turning them out, especially if it is a muscle soreness issue, muscles need to move to heal. I even turned Ruby out (in a small space) for several months when she injured her tendon. She came back better from having done that than when I tried to stall her. Movement is important, especially in horses, and it gets the blood flowing which is vital to recovery. She was in a small area with only two other horses (those two rescue fillies) for 3 months so she really couldn't run around too much but could still move and be a horse. Stalling her is actually what led to 5 days without drinking and time spent at the vet clinic on IV fluids.