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post #21 of 133 Old 08-22-2011, 07:46 PM
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Just curious as to how April is doing.
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post #22 of 133 Old 08-22-2011, 08:29 PM
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I am amazed and happy that your horse will be able to recover from this. It makes me so happy that people can help their horses in this way so that they can live happy lives again. Our barn just lost one of our most beloved horses to a broken leg from a horrific pasture accident... again so happy that you and your horse could be spared from the same kind of incident!! Good luck and best wishes for a speedy recovery! :)
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Thanks for asking!! April has been slowly progressing. She has been on limited turnout for a couple of weeks and loves it. She is walking fairly normal but will not always put full weight down when on hard ground... like concret.

We have been working on some stretches to help with mobility and clean the foot every day. Now that swelling is way down she has a bump that was noticed just below her hauk. We go in on Thursday to have that checked and to have shoe reset. I will post more pictures then.

Caitiebird sorry to hear about the horse at your barn... it is always very tough.
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post #24 of 133 Old 08-22-2011, 09:01 PM
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Glad to hear she is getting turnout & doing well with it. Looking forward to seeing new pics. It never fails to amaze me how they can heal & the things they can come back from.
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I think we need more photos.
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post #26 of 133 Old 08-23-2011, 07:58 AM
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So glad that it is all good news!! I just had to ask because I find her story so fascinating, especially since a lot of people would have seen this accident as a life ending one. Do magazines still pay for articles? This is something I would read and it would be great if you could make some money to go towards all the vet bills.
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post #27 of 133 Old 08-23-2011, 01:29 PM
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Great googly moogly! Massive thumbs up for not having the knee-jerk reaction of putting her down. I would love to see pictures of her progress.

I feel for those people stalling injured horses. Hugo had an old injury that required minor surgery. He was stalled two days and turned into such an asshat I finally duct taped his bandage and chucked him into the pasture. He had a mouthful of grass, drank his considerable weight in water, rolled, farted, had a pee then took off like Secretariat in the Belmont.
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Thanks everyone for the ongoing support!!! The last 9 weeks have been a tough but seems to get better everyday as April is improving both physically and mentally. One of the toughest parts though is seeing her lose her toned muscle mass that we had been working on for shows but I know that in time it will come back.

We go in Thursday (tomorrow) for another appointment and shoeing so I will have better pictures after that. For now I have posted what the foot looked like last night. She still does not like to stand on it on hard surfaces but will stand on it in the stall and her turnout. Over the last week she has started to take full strides when on the hard surfaces though which is good. I am going to have another X-ray taken too to check her leg further up as a bump has not gone down with the swelling (splint bone maybe???) I just want to ensure everything is going in the right direction. She also doesn’t have tons of ability to flex in the pastern area so I am not sure if that mobility will come back or if it is just stiff from 9 weeks of awkward standing. There is still some swelling in that area.

I have never thought of writing into a magazine or anything but if anyone would like a story I’m open to it. In this whole accident happening, it would have been nice to have more information myself. I am keeping notes and pictures as we go along and I am planning on making a little book for the vet and farrier to have in case something like this happens to another horse for the owner to see. Both have seen various degrees of horse losing a hoof but they don’t have a visual for me to look at (which would have been nice since it was a huge shocker)

In regards to putting April down- if the tendons and ligaments would have been affected and not repairable I would not have gone forward with any of this. With the cut as deep as it was that was a huge concern and thankfully turned out ok. The vet bills do suck but thankfully I have a very busy job with available overtime and my mom and I had a couple showmanship jacket orders in at the time of this… I have had to cut back on going out and spending money (started looking for coupons!!! Lol) but I am still surviving. My boyfriend has been a major help with chores and helping hold her while I worked with the foot. I would not have been able to keep up with everything without him. I am currently boarding so it does take time driving out to the barn everyday.

I have owned April for 6 years and it took 5 years to finally learn to work with each other so neither of us is ready to give up now!!!

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It looks amazing. Fingers crossed the things you are seeing (bumps, swelling) are just part of the process.
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post #30 of 133 Old 08-24-2011, 04:46 PM
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If you search the web such as Horse and Rider Submission Guidelines, or Practical Horseman Submission Guidelines, you will get the magazine's contact and information for submitting article ideas. Some list what they will pay, others don't, but it wouldn't hurt to submit an outline of the story to them and see if they want to use it. This just seems like the type of story that they would be interested in.
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