Thanks guys. I just want the vet appointment to be here so I know what's happening! I am definitely thinking "WHY did I not do x-rays right away?!!' But he was SO improved from the day before and walking nearly normal after just one day, and my fave vet who is usually very pessimistic was so confident it was just soft tissue, that it just seemed it HAD to be bruising.
Very bad news.
My horse has a fractured radius. An impact fracture that actually dented his bone. The vet was surprised that with that much force the bone didn't shatter.
At least 6 weeks of stall/limited turn out rest, on good footing, with NO running or playing (or he risks shattering the leg). We pulled his shoes to give him more traction.
I don't know what's gonna happen though, even if he heals well. Last time he was on rest he became a completely different horse, and a year later he still had crazy energy and was not very often a fun ride over fences. The only way we got him to quiet down was turning him out to pasture, but I won't do that again. I will not risk shattering a leg. So even if he's 'rideable' after he's healed, I don't know if he will be RIDEable. Sigh.
Well that stinks. But it sounds like he was incredibly lucky.
Just take it one step at a time, get him healed and healthy, then worry about the riding end of things.
By the time the nice weather rolls around, he'll be healed and ready to go.
Before you are ready to get back on him, talk to your vet about a little pharmaceutical intervention to take the edge off. Not good for showing, but great for those first few rides back on a very fresh horse.
Sorry for the bad news. One of my horses was kicked in the field and came up very lame. Fractured his radius as well. Mine was retired and had never been in a stall (other than for very severe weather) so we decided it would be best to euth.
One thing my vets said was that if they lay down/get up, they can re break it VERY easily. She said if we did stall rest, he would have to be tied to a wire (up high) so that he couldn't lay down at all. Just something you may want to ask about. My vet also mentioned that with our fracture, stall rest would be 3 months minimum....
Charlie Brown (1994 bay TB X gelding)
White Star (2004 grey TB gelding)
Thanks guys. The good news was that the vet thought it had quite a low chance of shattering or breaking as it didn't seem to go through the leg much or something (vet could explain it, I can't). It seemed the dent was the worst of it with just small crack lines that didn't go to deep or something.
If your horse is anything but a perfect, cooperative patient- please talk to your vet about drugs. This isn't the time to be messing around with a nutty horse, have a horse get loose, etc. Jingles that all ends well.