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Pulled Muscle and Bruised Ribs

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  • Pulled Muscle and Bruised Ribs

    Seems like my horsie was kicked on his side in the area of the girth. No broken skin so was hard to diagnose at first.

    Had ultrasound performed by vet.

    Poor guy is so incredibly sore still after 2 mos.

    Vet said 4-6 mos. of rest and stretching. Continue DMSO. Cold hose. I give BL-Pellets with feeding.

    Is there anything to help speed up the recovery? He runs from me if I even look at it – thinking I am gonna touch him there.

    TIA for any suggestions.

  • #2
    I have never had to deal with this sort of injury but I am a true believe in acupuncture for any sort of sore, pulled muscle issues. And many other things also. Worth a try.


    • Original Poster

      Ah! Thanks! Will give it a whirl.


      • #4
        We had a mare at our barn with a few broken ribs from a fight she got in with another horse..it was just time that she needed for it to heal. We all thought she would never make it back, but she's really as good as new.

        I don't have any advice, but sending jingles your way for a quick recovery!


        • #5
          Hope your horse feels better!!

          Maybe massage & reikki?
          Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakend. ~Anatole France~


          • #6
            i had a horse with broken ribs, after a fall, the swelling if there is one can go to the lowest point of the body which is the chest you need to monitor the horse daily

            as he could need antic botics to help get rid of any infection,

            has the vet prescribe him pain killers for a bit as he should have them now bute helps to reduce any inflamation as well as reducing any pain issue

            box rest for a few days then if you have a sick bay paddock or small area where he can go into would help, so he get minium exercise small grass area or section part of a field for him with plastic poles elecy tape and enigizer

            can help the area ice clay its meant for areas you cant bandage and it easy to apply and wash off
            light diet and no high energy feed stuffs plus easy to diagest feed stuffs

            big beds and banked sides will support the horse if he choses to lay down and laso help get back up so he doesnt get cast

            the healing process can take a couple of months or more depending on the injury

            obvously when bringing him back into start slow and have the horse on the lunge without tack then with so he get re acustomised with the saddle and girth
            before a rider gets back on him

            thing is to take it slow and be pateince


            • #7
              Was there ever any discussion about muscle relaxers? I know when I've pulled muscles in that area, those things were very helpful in making me comfortable while it healed.


              • #8
                pulled chest muscle

                my horse pulled a muscle in his chest. Possibly in the paddock but maybe when he did a whirlybird.
                you could feel knots in his chest. I had had him professionally messaged a few times. My trainer has had him on Privicox..
                he has had a few good days and then he'll be all stiff the next
                can anyone suggest another treatment?
                thank you


                • #9
                  I think that's the Privicox, it's like Advil


                  • #10
                    This is 2 months in?

                    Are you sure he still hurts vs thinks it will hurt?

                    I guess I would be worried the vet missed something, like a small fracture that is now worse? Unless I am way off base and 4-6 months IS normal healing for a bruise.

                    I hope things get better for him soon!
                    Freeing worms from cans everywhere!