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Old 10-24-2006, 08:05 PM   #1
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broken neck?

my horse broke his neck about 2 months ago and has been on stall rest for about 2 months i know that most horses get more ansy in the winter but now everytime i go to walk him down the road for some exercise he runs me over. i cant move the lead rope any or he will freak out and throw up up his head hurting his neck!!! do any of u guys know wat i should do to correct him or just let him do it and correct him wen he is suppose to recover!!(DECEMBER)?? ur help is greatly appreciated!!! i have no idea wat to do with him!!!

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Old 10-24-2006, 08:47 PM   #2
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Try not taking him down the road and waling him in a more confined area.
You can also try before taking him out, brushing and rubbing down to relax him before a walk.

IMO, I would not try much since he freaks and his neck has been broken. Can do more harm than damage at this time.
Its going to be hard at this point in his recovery.
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Old 10-24-2006, 09:03 PM   #3
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Hmmm, that's a tough one. It's important to maintain ground manners at all times, but you might be in a tough spot with the recovery.

Do you have another more experienced person around you can get advice from such as a barn manager or the vet?
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Old 10-24-2006, 10:57 PM   #4
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Ask your vet about a suitable tranq you can use when you need to walk your horse. He is likely legitimately too exited to be out of his stall to be safe for himself or for you. Many horses coming off stall rest are better off being tranqued for the first little wise so they do not reinjure themselves when they get to go back to work/turn out. It is important you talk to your vet first though!

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Old 10-25-2006, 04:03 AM   #5
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Ask your vet about a suitable tranq you can use when you need to walk your horse. He is likely legitimately too exited to be out of his stall to be safe for himself or for you. Many horses coming off stall rest are better off being tranqued for the first little wise so they do not reinjure themselves when they get to go back to work/turn out. It is important you talk to your vet first though!

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Old 10-25-2006, 07:14 AM   #6
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In addition to what others have said, evaluate his feed situation. Although he needs adequate nutrition to heal, if you're still feeding him enough grain or high energy food as if he were working, he might have too much energy from that. You might check with your vet and see if he (she) can recemmend a suitable diet for recovery. I'm really curious.....How did he break his neck?
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Old 10-25-2006, 02:39 PM   #7
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The only concern I would have about drugging him would be that feeling no pain, with the type of injury he has, doing more damage to his neck.

Best advice given, talk with your Vet.
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Old 10-25-2006, 02:53 PM   #8
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Yea definatly talk to your vet about a sedative.

My horse was laid up for a few weeks with stitches and the vet gave us sedatives in the form of pills. I was scared he would go nuts the first time I put him back out. Sedatives definatly helped.
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Old 10-25-2006, 03:16 PM   #9
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Many sedatives do nothing or very little for pain. In the last 5-8 years there has been a huge movement in the veterinary field in the management of pain. Talk to your vet. He knows the horse better than any of us.
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