Horse And Rider Both Injured
As some of you might already know, I and my horse Cool recently injured ourselves.
Fell Off The John Deere Not The Horse
My injury was much less complicated than Cool’s, so we will start with that. I fractured my wrist after falling off a tractor, yes a tractor, while it was sitting completely still at the beginning of July. I was stuck in a cast for 6 weeks in the middle of summer, which was awful, especially when you’re at the barn all day, every day. Fortunately, my cast is off now and my wrist is almost as good as new!
Unfortunately, Cool’s injury is much more serious and complicated than mine. Towards the end of July, he turned up quite lame on his left hind in the trot. Cool loves to play hard out in the field with his buddies so occasionally he will play a little too hard and be sore the next few day. After a few days off with no improvement, it was clear that I needed to call the vet out and figure out what was going on.
Luckily the vet was able to come out that week to take a look. After lunging him both ways and performing a flexion test on both hind legs, she suspected a bruise or small fracture to the left side of his hip/pelvis. However, since horses are such big animals, it’s very difficult to get x-rays done on the bigger parts of their bodies, leaving us with a little bit of uncertainty of what is actually going on. He was prescribed 2 months of stall rest and daily 10-15 minute walks.
History Of Pelvis/ Hip Problems
This is pretty crazy to all of us considering about 3 years ago he fractured the right side of his pelvis significantly, putting him on stall rest for 4 months and a very slim chance that he would ever be fully sound again. Fortunately, he proved us wrong and has been consistently happy and sound until his most recent injury.
Most Recent Vet Update
After about a month on stall rest, our vet came back out to look at another horse on the farm and to check on Cool’s progress. After looking him over and analyzing his walk, she was confident that he had made some progress, but as expected, he still has another month of stall rest to go.
Next Step In His Rehab Plan
She did give us the go-ahead to add in some poles and obstacles during his walks to get him using his backend a bit more to build some strength up! I hope the next time I get a chance to write an update I will have some even better news!