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Username: reeders

Post Number: 10
Registered: 2-2007
Posted on Tuesday, Mar 13, 2007 - 8:32 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

My mare was kicked two weeks ago, resulting in a open cut into her upper leg. She only needed four stitches for the cut. They stayed in 3 or 4 days until they came out. I flush out the puss and discharge daily with cold water. There is no proud flesh and the cut is almost completely closed up. I lunged her today (exactly two weeks since it happened) and she was only showing signs of soreness when cantering. Is it too soon to ride her for 10 or 15 minutes with light walking and trotting again or should I wait??
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
Username: dro

Post Number: 18004
Registered: 1-1997
Posted on Wednesday, Mar 14, 2007 - 5:26 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

The wound would probably be fine Shannon but if there is lameness you may want to allow the horse rest a bit more before trotting. It suggests some unresolved deep bruising. It the horse can be walked however I don't see a problem with doing it under saddle.
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