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Figures. I have buyers lined up to come look at riley and before a single ...
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    How do you treat a pulled muscle?

    Figures. I have buyers lined up to come look at riley and before a single one comes to see him we have a cross-country accident! It wasn't too bad we were cross cantering and I tried to get him correct and his back leg slipped under him and he fell. We both go up seeming ok. But the next day Riley was lame in his back left.

    This was Friday, my trainer looked at him and said it was a pulled muscle and I left with my family for vacation the next day just returning today. He has been kept on his normal schedule of 12 hours of turnout per day. Now my trainer is away. He looks better but still slightly sore just walking.

    What can I do to speed along the healing process? How long will it take?

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    Well, several things I would've done:
    Immediately massaged the area
    Bute to keep down swelling and pain
    Ice the muscle
    Stall him to keep him from running on it, etc.
    Combination of Ruta and Arnica (homeopathic remedy)
    YOu can still do all these things, it just will take a little longer to recover now that you have waited.
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    I'd do all that MaggieSue said....
    -BUTE
    -Ice it
    -Massage
    -Stall no paddock or work untill its better
    -I'd deffinity reccomend...Linament(they make it in bath form or like a gel you rub on)
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    as far as time wise it takes a while and you can't rush things you have to wait untill it is COMPLETELY healed and then start really slow, Royal pulled a muscle a while ago and that took a month to completely get over unfortunately when you start them back into work its hard to start slow when they are bouncing off the walls from being in but try your best
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    Depending on exactly what's going on (how is the trainer SURE it's a sore/pulled muscle, and not a torn stifle ligament, or injury to the SI, or a suspensory tear?) you might or might not stall. And, you have to know what exactly is the issue before you can ice it.

    I might or might not bute - movement is great for some issues, but I'd want him to know he's sore so as to not overdo it. I wouldn't trust most trainers to diagnose something like this.

    Arnica is never a bad idea - internally and externally (but for the external you have to know exactly where).
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    Thanks for the tips guys. Anymore are welcome. Although I've always been under the impression that massaging an pulled or torn muscle is always a bad idea since a pulled muscle is a tear and internal bleeding which is healed by scar tissue and massage will increase blood flow which is bad. Also if it is a pulled muscle i'd heard that staling is the worst thing to do because then he'll get stiff from not using it at all and slow recovery.

    I do trust my trainer though, she went through prevet undergrad and internship with equine vets planning for vet school when she made the crazy choice to become a trainer. However, I do want to console my vet.

    As for a ligament or suspensory i'm not sure. He looks sore in his hip and his legs are fine not swollen and no heat. I've had some girls walking him twice a day for his in time just 5 or 10 min at a time around the area to keep him using it and i'd heard that was a good idea but i'm not completely sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by devilishjumper View Post
    However, I do want to console my vet.
    Awww, is she ok? What happened? Sorry, couldn't resist

    As for a ligament or suspensory i'm not sure. He looks sore in his hip and his legs are fine not swollen and no heat. I've had some girls walking him twice a day for his in time just 5 or 10 min at a time around the area to keep him using it and i'd heard that was a good idea but i'm not completely sure.
    If you aren't sure, then you really should have a chat with your vet. Again, how did your trainer diagnose a pulled muscle vs any of the other things I listed? The wrong treatment could extent the recovery time, or worse.

    Massage for a muscle issues depends on EXACTLY what has happened, and at what stage of recovery it is. You're right, if it's a torn muscle, or severely pulled, you don't want to do massage for a while. But at some point in the recovery you DO, so that you DO get bloodflow going to help heal the muscles in a correct manner, as in without knots and spasms and adhesions.
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    hello
    i have something along the same lines my appendix quater horse who heathy happy 4 yr old has all of a sudden over night his left chest muscle when u look at him straight on.it looks as though the muscle is maybe streached its seems more prominent but theres no swelling no fluid and no heat on this area or anywhere on his leg or anywhere. and his temp and vitals were and are still are normal. the muscles is alittle tender when i feel the muscle but when i apply his muscle cream for it he dosent flinch and he isnt walking sore or stiff, im taking him to the vet within the next week or so just wondering if anyone has had the same thing or any advice?

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    Miranda--this is an ancient thread, and folks will accidently pay attention to the first post. You should start a new thread of your own for your specific problem. Welcome to the forum!

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    If you can relate it to a person doing a muscle then he will need a very good rest.

    It is nearly 3 weeks since I tore my calf muscle and I am only now hobbling on it and it is painfull.

    I would call your vet to check with him.
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