Torn Groin Muscle – How long to heal?

My barrel horse tore her groin muscle(s) at a barrel race 5 weeks ago. The vet at the race said that she had never seen a horse bleed so bad internally. We were forced to stay at the ...My barrel horse tore her groin muscle(s) at a barrel race 5 weeks ago. The vet at the race said that she had never seen a horse bleed so bad internally. We were forced to stay at the ...

Story originally posted by: Michael Lowder, DVM, MS

Dr. Lowder:

My barrel horse tore her groin muscle(s) at a barrel race 5 weeks ago. The vet at the race said that she had never seen a horse bleed so bad internally. We were forced to stay at the race location for 5 days and the vet monitored her every day. She was put on Lasix to disolve the edema, which is almost gone, except for about a 1/4 inch thick section under her stomach.

Walking was extremely painful for her for the first 3 days and she slowly started loosing up and walking a little bit better from the 3 to 5 day mark. The vet had her on a strong dose of Banamine for the first 3 days, but she was still in an extreme amount of pain and was confined to a stall.

My question is, how long should I expect my horse to be down before I can start slowly exercising her again? The vet said to give her a month and then start riding her again, but she is obviously still in pain when I attempt to have her trot. I have not tried to ride her, nor will I until she is sound again. I would simply like a timeframe of what is to be expected for such a severe injury. Is two, three or six months of down time to be expected for such an injury?

Any help youcould offer would be greatly apprecited.

Lori Grande

Lori,

You are most likely looking at about 6 months of time. Remember once you start riding her you must take it slow and easy are you will be right back where you are now.

Thanks,
Dr. Lowder