I've mentioned on the blog before, but I'll re-cap: Shasta was kicked in the right stifle a few months after we bought her and was lame for months. This could have been a career ending injury and it requires maintenance to this day. Her biggest risk is any down time. If the muscles in her stifle get loose, she goes off pretty quickly.
So not only did she bash this same stifle in jumping out of her stall - not good - we were also very concerned that any down-time or stall rest would set her back months. The vet was also concerned and said to only give her the weekend off, a very light ride Monday, and then start back towards regular work. She said Shasta may be sore on the stifle as she bashed it pretty hard, but that getting the anti-inflammatories into her before she started swelling up would help.
In addition to the injections, Shasta will be on Tri-Dex and Bute for 5 days. She will also be living behind chains from now on. After she sobered up enough to go back to her stall, we went to Home Depot and bought new clips and a chain to make this:
You can also get a sense for just how high this door is in comparison to Shasta. She's not a tall horse and it's not a small door. She was found in the morning behind the paddocks eating grass. One of the other horses was also out this morning; he apparently climbs over his electric fence pretty frequently. Our best guess is Shasta saw him out enjoying freedom and pitched a temper tantrum and tried to jump her stall. Her pasture is entirely fenced in with metal pipe corrals and triple bar wooden fencing so the door was probably the lowest point.
In the past Shasta has ducked under her stall guard, unlocked gates with various chains/clips, broken a stall guard, untied herself, walked through electric fencing, and generally proved herself to be an escape artist. You can see the string hanging from the door handle in the picture above. It holds a carabiner that we have to clip on the the door latch as Shasta knows how to open the door latch alone. The vet asked if we thought there had been a mountain lion because it was unusual for a horse to want to escape their stall like that, and both my husband and I said, no, it's entirely usual for her. This is just the most extreme tactic she's tried and the first time she's really injured herself escaping.
She's not out of the woods yet. It's possible she'll develop an infection or the stifle will suffer as the swelling starts. The vet was glad we had called though and said it was much better to be treating this right away. She also said we were very lucky it wasn't worse.
|Shasta the next day - Sunday|