TENDING TO INJURIES
Many horses who come to QHTR have sustained one or more injuries during their racing career. Before they can be retrained for a new career, or sometimes even before they can be turned out to pasture, these injuries need to be addressed.
Sometimes, the injury is mild, and the horse may just need to be rested for a time before he is able to be ridden.
The horse may need to begin with stall rest, and then move to a small paddock attached to his stall, and finally be allowed a larger turn out area once his injury is healed. Some injuries require therapy such as hosing, icing, bandaging, and other injuries that are more severe such as tendon strains may require ultrasound therapy.
Very severe injuries, such as broken bones or ruptured tendons may require surgery at a medical facility followed by a lengthy rehabilitation at the farm.
Over the years, Tamay has worked with horses at the racetrack and on the farm. While working with the horses, she has had to heal and tend to many injuries ranging from cuts, kicks, tick bites, bowed tendons, allergies. swollen legs, abscesses, eye irritations and bee stings. If you have experience with hosing legs, bandaging wounds, or would like to spend some time comforting an injured horse-Contact us.
HORSE REHABILITATION – CASE STUDIES
A very strong, healthy horse, Tiger suddenly broke out in hives. We tried to figure out what could have happened. There was nothing stressful in her daily routine. It was fall, so we thought perhaps Tiger was allergic to new weeds or the oak leaves in her paddock. Consulting with our vet, we put her on medication, and stopped her from eating hay – even though she was never allergic to hay before. This seemed to work . We substituted dengi for the hay and for a long while all went well.
Eventually her hives returned, and we treated her medically until she stabilized. The hives reappeared and It became a chronic situation. We did blood testing for allergies. The results indicated several allergens and several possible triggers from high sensitivities. Tiger is again on medication to clear the hives. We are trying to establish a diet, avoiding starches, grains and treats that contain products she is allergic to. We have not had much luck since she is allergic to nearly everything-timothy, orchard, and crown grasses, corn, molasses, oats, rice, and soy beans, even carrots! Tiger can eat apples, beets, barley and wheat. We are doing research and looking for answers – any ideas or similar experiences? Contact us.
Switzer has had an eye injury more than once, probably irritations from insects or shavings on a windy day. The photo above shows the worst injury stemming from a deep gouge on the very edge of his eye. We kept the area clean with saline solution, and if the wound remained open or became infected we would have called our vet. The wound healed well and without complications.
It was obvious that we had to find the source of the injury. In his paddock, we looked for low tree branches. Then we checked along the fence line for nails that might be sticking out, and could find nothing. We checked for nails and splintered wood in his stall – nothing. Two days later, near the water bucket, on the back side of the fence post we found a bent nail that had loosened. Switzer must have stuck his head through the fence rail, and caught his eye on the way out. We make checks for nails in fencing and on the ground often, as preventative care. Carry a hammer and a magnet bar!