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cher mcallister
Username: Choney

Post Number: 16
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Friday, Dec 30, 2005 - 11:55 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Dear Dr. O,

One week ago my horse was kicked in the right chest. The wound is healing fine, but she is still very stiff in what appears to be the area from the chest down to her right front leg. She is reluctant to move around, does bear weight on that leg, but the hoof drags on initial pickup.

I had been advised to wait about a week and re-eval, but now I'm thinking that calling a vet out right away is what should have been done. She has been receiving bute BID. Should I wait any longer to look for an improvement, or do you suggest having the vet out to look her over? What potential injuries could you guess may have occurred?

Thank you,

Cher Mc.
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
Username: Dro

Post Number: 14402
Registered: 1-1997
Posted on Saturday, Dec 31, 2005 - 9:37 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Cher anytime you have unexplained concerns about a serious illness with a horse you should call your vet. While your description does not give me enough information about what injuries might be present there is more that can be done. If the toe drag represents a damaged nerve enforced rest and corticosteroids might be indicated.
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