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Head Injury in Colt- Anyone help! Vets and neuro experts welcome!

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  • Head Injury in Colt- Anyone help! Vets and neuro experts welcome!

    Hey ya'll,
    I am new to this forum. I am here in hopes that someone has had a similar experience. A freak accident occurred where my 8 month old Colt struck the ground while tied. He presumably ruptured his longus capitis muscle causing both guttural pouches to fill with blood. When he hit the ground he blacked out then had a brief seizure and came up. He had horizontal nystagmus for the first 5 or so days post accident, that has now resolved. Today is day 8 post accident and he has a head tilt and an ear droop on the left side but is starting to use the left ear more. He still has swelling in the pouches so he has a trache in to breathe. I don't know anyone else who has experienced anything like this and my university vet has not had many cases like this. Given the nature of all this his prognosis is unclear. Can anyone advise of a similar experience or what to expect. He was bought to be a performance colt and I am just praying he can still heal and have a normal life.

  • #2
    I have no experience with this, but just wanted to say I'm jingling madly for you both! How scary!


    • Original Poster

      Originally posted by WildLittleWren View Post
      I have no experience with this, but just wanted to say I'm jingling madly for you both! How scary!
      Thank you very much. It is terrifying and I have been an emotional wreck.


      • #4
        Nothing useful to offer.....just want to send good thoughts your way.


        • #5
          Here is a thread for you.

          It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


          • #6
            I am of no use from a veterinary perspective but wanted to send you hugs and good healing energy for your colt. If you have not already, you may want to post this in the Horse Care forum as well (if you haven't already.) Good luck.
            We move pretty fast for some rabid garden snails.


            • Original Poster

              Originally posted by SuzieQNutter View Post
              I actually have been stalking that thread and sent one of the commenters a message! That is the forum that got me to join lol.
              Thank y'all so much for the concern. I will post in that section as well thank ya'll!!!


              • #8
                I guess they checked for any skull and/or neck fractures also?


                • #9
                  Was he been given any IV DMSO? Not sure if it would make any significant difference at this point, but I routinely use it in acute head trauma cases, and it helps considerably.
                  "It's like a Russian nesting doll of train wrecks."--CaitlinandTheBay

                  ...just settin' on the Group W bench.


                  • Original Poster

                    Originally posted by Ghazzu View Post
                    Was he been given any IV DMSO? Not sure if it would make any significant difference at this point, but I routinely use it in acute head trauma cases, and it helps considerably.
                    They did that and hypertonic saline boluses. They got the intercranial pressure down as quickly as possible. Also Bluey no fractures thankfully!


                    • #11
                      It sounds like all he needs now is time. Finger's crossed.
                      It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


                      • #12
                        Jingles for your boy!


                        • #13
                          Still jingling madly. How is your boy today?


                          • Original Poster

                            Originally posted by WildLittleWren View Post
                            Still jingling madly. How is your boy today?
                            Thank you all so much for checking in. Last night he was doing somewhat better trying to use his left ear I haven’t heard from the vet yet this morning but hopefully only good news. I appreciate all the jingles, prayers and positive vibes. It’s been working I feel!


                            • #15
                              I have nothing to say that can help, but if you are on Facebook, try joining Horse Vet Corner and see if someone on there has seen anything like this. I've seen some pretty crazy things on there.


                              • #16
                                No experience with this at all but wanted to add my loud jingles and hopes for a full recovery.
                                \"If you are going through hell, keep going.\" ~Churchill~


                                • #17
                                  How terrifying. Does sound like now he just needs time to recover. Jingles for a full and complete recovery!
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                                  • #18
                                    What a terrible thing to have to go through. I am also sending all good thoughts for a full recovery your way.


                                    • #19
                                      The horse I spoke of in this link did make a full recovery.. It did take time .
                                      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.


                                      • Original Poster

                                        merrygoround I didn't get to see the final answer on that thread I will go check again! Thank you all so much. We did more x rays today and nothing is broken for sure thankfully.RainWeasley thanks for the info on the fb page I just added it. I will update ya'll as I get more information and I appreciate all of ya'll's concern and positive vibes!