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Username: indigo

Post Number: 67
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Monday, Jun 29, 2015 - 11:12 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi Dr. O,

I have a yearling pony that has over the past month developed started buckling over at the knee. It was extremely mild until she was hauled to a show this past weekend and stalled on concrete (with shavings, but probably still quite hard.) Now it has gotten worse and I need to get her home. Thus far she does not seem to have any pain, no swelling, no heat etc. She is not at all overweight. She can straighten her front legs and often does stand straight but at times she buckles forward. Her diet has been adjusted, she is being given Rejuvenaide and her exercise program was decreased and has now been halted. I need to transport her home, which is about a 12 hour drive. Is there anything I should do special to protect her legs? Would wrapping help give her support or is it better to haul her with nothing on her legs? Would banamine or bute be helpful for the ride? I'm attaching a very small picture taken last week so you can see the contracture.

Thank you!

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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
Username: dro

Post Number: 26878
Registered: 1-1997
Posted on Wednesday, Jul 1, 2015 - 7:49 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hello CC,
Providing support would require a very thick bandage that went from the ground to the elbows and make it very difficult for her to move around. Perhaps best would be to trailer her in a stock or open type trailer, thickly bedded, and not tie her in case she fell. If she has trouble standing she may lay down. Of course any option you choose is not without risks also. I don't think a NSAID will be helpful.
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