First of all, the vet has seen the horse twice since the injury occurred. I’m just posting here to see if there are any other suggestions or ideas that we maybe haven’t thought of yet (my vet and myself I mean).
My already hard keeping thoroughbred mare had a fall while out galloping around in the paddock. Fall happened May 20th to be exact. I actually witnessed it. She was very sore for a couple weeks after the fall. Within a week of the fall, I noticed her sacrum area (hunters bump?) starting to stick out. And within another week (so two weeks after the fall) her lower spine started to stick out as well. Basically her topline has just vanished. Spine sticking out. Back end all bony. However (and we have an actual weigh scale) she has not lost any actual weight. It sure does look like it though
At this point in time, just over 5 weeks now since the original injury, she travels fairly sound. She is not right, and I would dare not start riding her or anything, but going around on her own, she is moving pretty good actually. The vet did check to see if it felt like anything was fractured, and from what she can tell it is not that.
Another very important part to mention - this horse has been checked safe in foal (due next April). And everything still looks good and healthy there. However that of course means we can’t just go giving her drugs or injections or anything like that
So - here’s my question. What can I do to try and get this topline back now as she starts to feel better? The vet feels all the atrophy is because of the trauma - the horse does not show any kind of neurological issues. The atrophy is worse on the right side than on the left through her hips and pelvis. (She went down landing on her right side). The mare is on Tribute Kalm Ultra and Tribute Essential K (and at the maximum amount I can get her to eat!) We also have her on a pure Vitamin E supplement, MSM, probiotics, and loose salt. And all the hay she can eat (24/7). Teeth were floated and horse was dewormed in the spring - all before she was bred.
The vet said I can start to lightly exercise her. However I am not a lightweight so as far as I am concerned, riding her right now is out of the question (I hate that her spine is sticking out ) We have started with just some light free lunging. The plan going forward is chiropractic, but the vet says not yet - as she is still quite painful when palpated up through her back end and lower spine area.
Anything to suggest? Has anyone used a treadmill with an incline before? I might have access to getting one - would that be beneficial? Apparently we also can’t do acupuncture either because of her being in foal.