Tiny has the horse equivalent of whiplash. His neck is sprained. We have no idea how this happened, since it’s difficult to imagine Tiny moving quickly enough to be able to generate whiplash.
All kidding aside, we think he might have cast himself overnight in his stall, with barely perceptible swelling in his rear hocks (Vet not worried). It’s the neck that is a huge (literally) problem. It’s not like you can whip out one of those soft collars to help him brace it. Humans are stacked, and he’s linear, with 20 lbs of head on the end of the ow ow ow ow OW.
He’s in pain, even with the meds, and in abject misery because it hurts to eat. Given the nature of my relationship with food, this makes me want to cry in solidarity.
He’s had Chiropractic, heat packing, Vet, expert owner care, and me: his own personal massage therapist. Tiny is getting better, very slowly (this happened a couple of weeks ago), but not fast enough for those of us who can’t stand to see him in pain.
I could imagine this injury being caused by jumping or track flip-fall.
What happened that night? In his rubber padded stall?
Has anyone seen this sort of injury before? Do you know what caused the one you saw? My question of the day is: what other oddball horse injuries are out there? Did you guys know a horse could get whiplash?
(Someone has to ask life’s difficult questions!)