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    12-02-2012, 09:28 PM
HaHaHa. I'm highly, highly considering it. She is such a lovely mare and has been such a fighter though all of this. I was this close *pinches fingers together* to putting her to sleep because I could not stand to see her in so much pain and we had no idea what was going on with her.

The last video of her playfully trotting up to me, that puts the biggest smile on my face. We are really bonded now and I'm very happy we have come this far. I just hope we can push the limits and go a little further together!
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    12-02-2012, 11:43 PM
My moms heart horse had an injury that showed exactly the same as your mare. Im sorry, I havent seen the thread where you say what happened. Anyways, long story short Pebbs slipped backing out of a trailer(years before we had her), far as we know her hind legs went under the trailer and she did some serious damage to her hock. When we got her she had been sitting in a pasture for a year or two and had had zero treatment for her injury, someone basically threw hay to her everyday. She was a wreck, she could hardly walk. Her legs were very swollen. The vet said she had a bone spaven I believe and that the hock had fused, and that because of how it fused they would have to drill through the bone to give injections. Hand walking was her best friend. My mom would walk her everyday, at first it was literally a few feet and it eventually worked up to doing laps in the arena. We originally had her on bute, then Previcox, which literally saved her life. Her leg would "stick" just like your mares does in one of the videos. I had never seen it before in another horse till your video actually. Anyways, the vet eventually said to start riding her, despite the gimp as exercise was the best thing for her, and that it was less pain and more a permanent hitch in her giddy up haha. She would still look pretty off, and was just ridden lightly but it made a HUGE difference. What really helped was having a barefoot farrier who really knew what he was doing. It was a long process and we slowly weaned her off the Previcox and she is now only on MSM. Instead of doing the initial 2 dose loading scoop for the first week then half after she just always gets the 2 dose. Pebbles is now fully sound, although she'll always move a little different due to the fused hock. Her leg is permanently stocked up, and the hoof is actually a bit smaller than the others oddly enough. Her gimp is barely visible and her trot and canter are incredibly smooth. If injections were an option we would have pursued it, however her complete 360 has been amazing!
    12-03-2012, 12:00 AM
This is the full thread from when the injury started up until just a few weeks ago. completely freaking out It's long, but it shows EVERYTHING that we've gone through. Pictures, videos, the confusion, the treatments, the frustration. LoL. It was a horrible and freak accident.

My lameness vet said that once her hock completely fuses, she'll be in very minimal...if any pain. She is only 5 years old and she's almost fused he said. So we shall see. Surgery was considered but he felt that at this point in time, it would not benefit her any more then it would hinder her, so he said give her 6 months off and then start riding her and slowly building her back up. Surgery is an option in the future, if needed, we'll do it. And if we need to do hock injections, I'll do that.

It's a wait and see kind of thing at this point in time. But I'm happy with how far she has come! She's 95% better!
    12-03-2012, 12:19 AM
Wait...it's been three months? Time's going way too fast...
    12-03-2012, 12:52 PM
Yes 3 months! I can't believe it either! Im just glad the worst of it is over.
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    12-03-2012, 01:15 PM
CL, I think she looks great considering what the poor girl went through! Actually better than great. After finally being able to take time to read your whole initial thread on what happened, my thoughts were more like "Oh cr*p*.

I'm willing to bet that as she's able to exercise more, you'll see that little hitch become non-existent. She is still as beautiful as ever!

Oh and uh ... I would not be adverse to seeing Rumor babies. You might have to twist my arm and stuff ... but I would suffer it! *coughs*
    12-03-2012, 05:34 PM
Hahaha. Well, if everyone is going to insist on a Rumor baby maybe ill have a surprise for everyone come spring 2013...
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    12-04-2012, 03:31 AM
She might also be a bit hitchy because she is remembering pain in that leg and is tentative - either way I reckon from the evidence in those videos it's not actually causing pain anymore. Which is amazing considering what she went through!!

I adore her floaty trot! Brock has one too - main reason why I bought him, I'm a sucker for a floaty trot
    12-04-2012, 11:09 AM
Evil, you may be right. I don't think she is actually IN pain anymore. The way she plays around in the pasture, her ears are perked forward, head high, that floating big strided trot. I can't imagine her doing that if it actually hurt her.

She is not on any pain relievers anymore. No previcox or bute anymore. She is on MSM which is anti-inflammatory but its more natural.

Itd be so much easier if she could just talk to me and tell me how she's feeling.
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    12-04-2012, 09:03 PM
I've heard good stuff about fish oil for horses with joint problems, but not had any experience with it myself (on equines - I do take it for my heart).

My dad was bitten on the finger by a white-tailed spider a few years back and was on a drip for antibiotics - somehow his elbow joint got infected (either by the bacteria on the fangs or something wrong with the drip, which also caused a blood clot in that arm). He now takes fish oil and has found it really helps, although evidence for its benefits in relation to joints is still debated. The benefits are believed to come from the omega-3 so if you weren't keen on feeding fish oil to a horse (there are equine fish oil products out there) then theoretically flaxseed oil should do a similar job.

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