Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
• Horses: 0
You might need to get X-rays to know for sure.
At on of my clinics in Canada, a horse was found in its stall with a dislocated hip (possibly from having been cast overnight). We brought her into the indoor and immediately got a vet. The vet tranqed her and dropped her in the iundoor. We tied a rope to her leg and had four people pull on it for all they were worth. The vet said to call the owners to get permission for putting her down.
None of us were ready to give up, however. We got the four strongest on the rope and I sat on the horse to push down on the femur. After hard pulling and pushing, I felt a small thump. When the vet checked the range of motion, it was found to be normal. When the sedation wore off, she was able to stand and was sore, but normal.
The vet gave a poor usability prognosis, but I told the owner that I wasn't convinced her usefulness was over. After a lengthy rehab the horse is being ridden at all gaits and is totally sound.
I am SO hoping that your case will resolve better than it sounds.