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post #1 of 9 Old 04-04-2014, 02:22 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy 10 month old colt severe tendon injury

I am new to colt world. I have a well built, tall, great diposition standard bred - Belgian Cross, have had a lot of compliments on him already. Have had older horses for many years with never an injury. Well it seems while out to pasture my colt has encountered a severe injury, from piece of metal roof that blew off barn in bad wind storm n ended up under the snow, the worst my Vet has seen in years. He has lacerated just above the back hoof deep enough to cut the tendon in half, bleeding heavy for few hours by the looks of snowed area i found him laying. Vet was amazed we were able to get him to the barn due to amount of blood loss he also saw. He recommended an actual major Vet Hospital, but single mom of three in struggling economy the tune of $5k to start just is not an option for me.. Sounds harsh I know, but I just don't have cash, a horse lover I am, so I had to make best decision I could with Local excellent Vet.
We decided to stitch him up and see day by day if the stitches will hold. This happened Monday and as of Wednesday stitches still all good so we gonna look again tonight. I am looking for ANY advice at all from supporters who may have any recommendations for treatment, or success stories, or stall time suggestions to encourage us. I don't want to give up on this little guy yet. He is doing great eating n drinking and getting up n down in his stall, which I know is where he will be for a while yet. My apologies for not having the proper terminology but will have more exact info of injury on Monday when Vet returns he gonna give me actual report of injury.
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post #2 of 9 Old 04-04-2014, 02:58 PM
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poor thing. hope it heals for you and that he will be more than just a pasture pet. he may not be able to do advanced displinces, jumping etc as damaged tendons are easier to become reinjured.
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How terrible.

Horses sometimes miraculously heal themselves. My old gelding did from a really bad cut. I hope the best for your guy.

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post #4 of 9 Old 04-04-2014, 03:36 PM
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That's awful. He's young yet tho so maybe there's hope. You hear of horses coming back from way worse. Hopefully his stitches stay in and he heals nicely and remains pain free.

I don't really have any suggestions but you have my condolences.
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To give you some hope, I work with a horse who completely severed a hind superficial digital flexor tendon as a 12 year old, and continued to work until he was around twenty. However, his owners sent him to the best vet hospital in the south west of the UK, and spent thousands of pounds on his treatment. He was then confined to cross ties on a heeled shoe for three months, on a drip, then another year was spent on box rest.

No life for a horse, in my opinion.

Like I said, he went on to work as a happy hacking horse for around 7 years after that, but has always had a "bowed tendon" look to that leg, and he has had to occasionally wear shoes like this behind if it's been bothering him:

Now, if he had been mine, it sounds awful but I would have potentially put him to sleep - not leaving a stall for a year is pretty much cruel to an animal like a horse, in my opinion. He is now 22, and retired due to him being just a bit stiff and an old man.

Now, as yours isn't a compete tear, it may carry a better prognosis, I don't know.

Here's a picture of Vic when he was still in work, the handsome devil. You can see the bow in the near hind tendon if you look closely.

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Sonny had a fairly deep cut on the back of his right front leg just above the heel bulb. The vet said it wasnt thru the tendon, but I don't see how it wasnt. Because he didnt think so, he didnt stitch it, and I really wondered ,stitches or not, how it would ever heal. It hurt me to see it gape open with every step. We kept it covered, medicated, and wrapped for about a week and a half. It didnt look much better , depth wise, at that point, but we both felt that it wasnt best to keep it covered any longer. Sonny was only stalled for one night thru the whole ordeal and he had tromped thru his manure -it was way up the back of his leg (dressed and wrapped) the next morning, so I felt he was better off in the pasture-mud is better than poop.
After the wraps and dressing came off, he had me spray it daily with Veterycin and that seemed to me to be when if finally started healing from the inside out. It very slowly filled in , I think it took 6 to 8 weeks before all there was left was a scab on the skin. The hair has grown over ,and he is completely sound. Sonny is 20.
Just wanted to give you hope that your little guy will heal well, esp. since he is stitched.
keep us posted on his progress.

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Thank You all for your optimism and encouragement..Bandit has been receiving continuous treatment visits from the vet. He says the injury is looking much better than he ever expected so we will keep going week to week and see if it continues to make good progress. Slight infection at last visit, to be expected he said. So he still on antibiotics and keeping it wrapped, and on stall rest of course. At this point he is enjoying the barn life with special grooming visits, and calves in barn keeping him mentally busy with them around. We added a jolly ball to his stall hopefully that entertain him too. I trying to work with him a bit other than just med treatments so he doesn't think of us as just there to poke and hurt him while it healing.
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My now 2-year old cut his tendon and his leg right down to the bone just below his hock December of 2013. It's been a little over 3 months and he's almost completely healed, minus a scar. We did not stitch it because he would just reopen it. We did bandage change every other day and he was on antibotics for a month. The first week and a half he was on the injectable antibiotics that the Vet gives.

you can look up my thread "Jingles for Stryder" if you want to see how bad the cut was.

The good thing is he's young, he should hopefully heal quickly! Good luck :) Buy lots of vet wrap.. and gauze.. and neosporin.

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