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post #1 of 9 Old 08-05-2011, 09:55 AM Thread Starter
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6 weeks since April's surgery and major improvements

For those of you that have been following my mare's recovery I have a 6 week update.

Here is a link to the other two threads leading up to this one :)


April's cast came off on July 25th. She was really swollen at that time and very lame on her foot. Last Sunday I decided to take her outside for a little hand grazing (she was getting a bit restless with 6-12 steps a day) and the more she was out the better she was flexing. I called the vet and got full permission to hand walk/graze for 20-30 minutes a day. Over the last few days she has progressed on putting weight on her foot and actually walking on it.

I have to change out her wrap daily and rinse her foot off. Starting on Monday the vet has instructed me to keep it uncovered and to clean it daily. We are currently using betadine on the foot and on the video that I have posted April was off from bute for over 48 hours.

I have also posted a couple of pictures. The foot has betadine on it (giving the orange look). The swelling is down about 70% from the 25th of July and on the base of her hoof it is starting to harden. If April keeps healing well I will be able to allow her out on limited turnout (in a week or two). I am just super proud of April.




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post #2 of 9 Old 08-05-2011, 10:04 AM
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Good heavens that looks painful! So glad she is doing much better, what a trooper, and as for you your a total angel, most people would have probably euth'd. her. *sends healing vibes*
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Thats great news to hear!!! Im so excited seeing her progress!!!! It looks like its getting a lot better!! And thats so great to see her bearing some weight on it!!
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post #5 of 9 Old 08-05-2011, 11:55 PM
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Great job, Hoping that she keeps getting better. It will be fascinating seeing how the hoof grows back.
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post #6 of 9 Old 08-06-2011, 12:04 AM
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Wow! That looks painful; poor girl. But the best thing is she had you to take care of her I know quite a few people around her who would have euthanized her right after the accident.

This may not be the "bright side" of Angel's injury, but it is kind of neat to see what a horse's hoof looks like underneath the actual hoof.

Wishing her a speedy and least painful recovery!
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post #7 of 9 Old 08-08-2011, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
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I was not able to get out the barn on Sat night and my mother was willing to help me out. She was able to get the wrap off her foot but was not able to get April to let her re-wrap it. My mom called and I told her to just leave it off (I didnt want my mom to get hurt) knowing that starting today I was not suppose to have it wrapped anymore.

I got back into town last night and was very surprised at the amount of swelling that went down. I suppose the foot was allowed to air out- it also formed a nice cover over and the smell was much better (she still has some dying tissue). She also allowed me to pick up her other hind leg so I could do a quick cleaning.

So once a day I have to clean off the dirt/manure from the foot and apply some betadine. We are also going to be making a smaller sized turnout pen for her to allow more movement. She has loved her nightly hand walks this last week so Im sure she will be happy with a bit more freedom :)

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Wow, that's amazing progress. XX Fingers crossed she keeps healing up quickly.

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post #9 of 9 Old 08-08-2011, 07:14 PM
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oh your poor girl. that looks so painful :( looks like shes making good progress though, hope she gets better soon!
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