• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

am I too quick to call the vet

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • am I too quick to call the vet

    When is a let call justified or overreacting
    For instance if a sound horse who had had ligament injury in the past been 100% sound, showed lameness and mild fluid in tendon ligament region and some heat would a exam, possible ultrasound be justified or should one rest the horse for a week then re-evaluate then if need be call the vet.

    I am just curious what others would do.

    Also just another question are suspensory ligament prone to re-injury or is that uncommon.

    Thanks in advance!
    Last edited by Fharoah; Feb. 22, 2013, 05:37 AM.

  • #2
    I am not an alarmist so my vet knows when I call, it's potentially serious.

    For a possible re injury like you described, I would call the vet.
    Come to the dark side, we have cookies


    • #3
      I like the theory that I would rather pay for an unneeded vet visit than not have paid for a needed one.

      With a history of injury there and long term issues I do not see the vet being called as a huge issue.
      I would assume that if the vet thought it was a non-issue they would have given you advice over the phone and left it at that.


      • #4
        Yes, suspensory ligaments have a high likelihood of reinjury


        • #5
          Peace of mind is priceless!


          • #6
            I always say CALL the vet, and see what they say! Its free! If you call the vet first, and explain the problem, most of them will tell you whether it not they think it would be wise if they came out. Most of the time, they will give you instruction (cold hose, bute, etc.) if they don't think it needs to be looked at. Or, they tell you they'll be right out.

            So, call and ask. It won't hurt, nor will it cost you money.
            "On the back of a horse I felt whole, complete, connected to that vital place in the center of me...and the chaos within me found balance."


            • #7
              I'm a member of the call the vet and ask clique (does COTH have one? If not, let's git r dun) because as others have said peace of mind is priceless and a phone call is free

              Yes re-injury is possible and I would not wait to get input from my vet, who knows my horse well.


              • #8
                Originally posted by Baby View Post
                Yes, suspensory ligaments have a high likelihood of reinjury
                It actually depends on the nature and extent of the injury in the first place, as well has how long ago the original injury happened and how well it was rehabbed.


                • Original Poster

                  My vet was booked solid not able to come out unless life or death emergency. Horse had not been ridden and looked totally fine on Wednesday with no signs of trauma.

                  increased digital pulses
                  thickening of pastern pastern when compared to the right
                  mild swelling in suspensory region.
                  about 2/5 in trot
                  My concern is soft tissue although I no nothing about diagnosing. Any chance that could be an abscess.


                  • #10
                    Fharoah-Quote "Also just another question are suspensory ligament prone to re-injury or is that uncommon.

                    Absolutely. That is one of the headaches that goes with tendon and ligament injuries.

                    I would call the vet, let him make the decision how "life and death" this is.

                    If your vet can not get there, limit the horse's activity-I hate to say stall rest, but that is the gold standard.
                    Some riders change their horse, they change their saddle, they change their teacher; they never change themselves.

                    Remember the horse does all the work, we just sit there and look pretty.


                    • #11
                      It costs nothing to call the vet and ask.


                      • #12
                        I always call the vet, always.

                        I view as better safe than sorry, horses are way too fragile for their own good.


                        • #13
                          Personally, I don't think you can be overly cautious when it comes to calling the vet. The saying fits: "Better safe than sorry."


                          • #14
                            Yes, it COULD be an abscess. But it could also be something else.

                            Is he/she booked so solid you can't have a 2 minute phone conversation?

                            Originally posted by Fharoah View Post
                            My vet was booked solid not able to come out unless life or death emergency. Horse had not been ridden and looked totally fine on Wednesday with no signs of trauma.

                            increased digital pulses
                            thickening of pastern pastern when compared to the right
                            mild swelling in suspensory region.
                            about 2/5 in trot
                            My concern is soft tissue although I no nothing about diagnosing. Any chance that could be an abscess.

                            chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).


                            • #15
                              Definitely call your vet. I would use cold therapy and rest in the meantime. Ask your vet about giving an anti inflammatory. Assuming it is a reinjury of the suspensory , it is very important to control/reduce the inflammation.

                              Best of luck to you and your horse.


                              • Original Poster

                                Thanks! My regular is booked solid, but I am going to have the lameness specialist see the horse on Tuesday. It is not a re injury as swelling is in a different location. I am suspicious it could turn out to be an Abscess, but it could also be soft tissue, hope not.


                                • #17
                                  I always call the vet and ask, and sometimes send pictures!

                                  My mare had some kind of a freak out one day after touching the hot wire, and managed to fall into her gate, the only section of wooden fencing in her paddock. She basically hit so hard that it burst her chest open (only about 4 inches or so). Lots of people at the barn I was boarding at then said it wasn't that bad, I didn't need to call the vet, and I had many offers of "stuff" to put on it. I called my vet and she asked if I could close the wound with my hands. When I said yes, she said she would be right out to stitch it. And when she saw it, she said she was VERY glad I called.

                                  Other times, she has advised a watch and wait approach. It's best to call and ask!