keeping a nutty lame horse stabled!

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Hi guys, my horse had a nasty kick tonight to his upper front leg, the vets been out and cant tell if it's very bad bruising or a fracture, he has to stay in for 3/4 days and he has a habbit of jumping out over the door when he's had enough of being in!
Im getting an anti weave bar fitted in the morning, but he'l be on his own in the yard during the day with no horses in sight, im really worried as I have to be at work, some people will check on him during the day and il leave the radio on, any other ideas what I can do?
The vet wanted him tied up so he could'nt move but that is'nt an option either.
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are there any ponies or horses on the yard whose owners wouldn't mind leaving in to keep him company? I always leave my shettie on the yard when any of mine are stabled for any reason. I know its not always an option but maybe if you ask one of the others if you can keep their horse in with yours it may help.
 

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Am surprised the vet didnt give you some sort of sedative to keep him as quiet as possible
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tbh if he is the stressy type(dosnt like being in) without sedation(Acp or something similar),i think you will struggle to keep him settled!I would ring vet 1st thing and ask if they can give you something to give him to keep him calm and quiet!
Hope it only turns out to be bruising!!
 

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companions - like hownegold said - a small pony/donkey or just a friend thats happy to stay inside...
hay in very small amounts but very regularly through the day, (if there's people that can pop in sections throughout the day,
grass nuts in the feed balls that dispenses them out when the roll them around,
carrots and apples tied in random places
taking him out for 10 minutes for a pick of grass if he can walk, if he can't, take some shears and go and cut him some grass,
and pop it places around his stable,
salt licks,
.....?
any of these useful?
fingers crossed he behaves himself.
I've had a reasonable amount of experience of fit injured horses (after working on a specialised therapy yard...) and they can be quite good at getting used to all sorts from being tied up in a trailer 24/7 (as they weren't allowed to be moved) to being box rested for stupidly long amounts of time. It helps to also get his food right so he's knocked off everything that is even remotely high in calories and move him to as much as hay as he wants to eat, and also for yourself to stay calm through times when he might be being a bit antzy - sometimes you've just got to walk away as he will settle down when you've left. (*should* settle down!)

good luck!!
 

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Cheers for the replys guys, i was hoping one of the liverys would offer to keep there's in, but they did'nt, The vet cant xray until the swellings gone down, il call her in the morning if he's being really silly and wont settle, I would of rather he went to the hospital at least he would of had the supervision there.
 

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Poor you and horsey.

I would definatley organise a companion in for it in the day - surely someone will happily have theirs in to keep yours company?
 

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Ive just looked at the price of anti weave bars, the are £50, is there anything else I can do to stop him jumping over?
Im ment to be saving for my wedding, bloody horses!
 

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sedalin gel!!!! get the vet to give u some as thats what i did when my old pony got sunburnt and had to stay in!
also those treat balls are good and i also have a likit tongue twister which really kept him occupied, maybe a stable mirror would help but i think they are quite dear
good luck hope its just bruised and not fractured
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An anti weave grill will not necessarily stop him from jumping out - though if he is very lame he might not feel up to doing anything energetic.

My pony jumped through a anti weaving grill and large amounts of sedalin did not work for him either. Is there anyway you could fence off a small amount of field for him so he could be near his friends.

If he is greedy then adlib hay in small holed haynet might help.

Good luck!
 
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