Broken Pelvis-Should I compete him?

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    08-08-2013, 03:10 PM
Unhappy Broken Pelvis-Should I compete him?

I have a 16.2 hh registered Anglo-Arab... He broke his pelvis 4 years ago when he was doing endurance with his previous owner... The owner's wife gave me this horse so her husband couldn't ruin him like his last horse when he rode him too soon after an injury... It's been 4 years and I don't know if I should compete him again.. The vet said the bone is about 99% healed... He did therapy for a year... I really want to compete him as he's very good and he loves to do it...Thoughts?
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    08-08-2013, 03:19 PM
Howdy and welcome to the forum .

With something like this, the answer needs to come from the vet. Only someone who is there with hands on the horse and access to the x-rays and knowledge of the horse's history/treatment can tell whether the mended bone will stand up to competition or if it will effect his movement/longevity.
    08-08-2013, 03:25 PM
I've known a few horses with broken pelvises that returned to regular riding, including jumping and showing, etc, but it was definitely a process. A horse would have to be brought back very slowly and gradually though, has he been ridden at all since the injury?

I would talk to a vet and come up with a plan for this horse, there's no way to guess over the internet, some go back to their same level of riding and fitness, some don't, it just depends on the horse and the nature of the injury. You would have to have a very specific plan and monitor him very carefully along the way to see how he's doing.
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    08-08-2013, 03:38 PM
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I know my friends horse broke his pelvis. .and a couple years later he was slowly barrel racing/ training for it again. So it all depends on the horse.. Get a vet opinion..:) hope everything goes well for you guys
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    08-09-2013, 09:43 PM
How does a horse break its PELVIS during the course of normal riding? My gosh what a horrific bone to break, how painful for the poor horse.
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    08-09-2013, 09:49 PM
The OP didn't say whether or not the horse was injured while being ridden but my best guess is that the horse fell. That's the only way I can think of that an otherwise healthy horse could break their pelvis.
    08-09-2013, 10:06 PM
Originally Posted by Tarpan    
How does a horse break its PELVIS during the course of normal riding? My gosh what a horrific bone to break, how painful for the poor horse.
I was wondering the same, tbh. OUCH.
    08-09-2013, 10:16 PM
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I believe Faye and Farmpony both own/ride/compete horses that have recovered from broken pelvis's...they might be people to pm. :)

Good luck!
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    08-09-2013, 10:18 PM
Perhaps it's a hairline fracture. Apparently when it heals it becomes the strongest part of the bone. That's what the specialist told me.
    08-09-2013, 11:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Tarpan    
How does a horse break its PELVIS during the course of normal riding? My gosh what a horrific bone to break, how painful for the poor horse.
It's actually a fairly common injury and can happen from a sudden stop, a fall, smacking a tree, getting cast in a stall, etc.

My horse fractured his pelvis as a yearling, we still aren't sure what happened, best guess is he fell while playing in the field but since no one saw it happen... who knows? It's also a very hard diagnosis to make, it took us a few months to get the diagnosis and I had to haul him to a racetrack vet. It kept looking like a stifle injury.

My horse is on adequan and is on smartflex supplements but I really don't have any issues with his pelvis. He does have off and on lameness issues but that is in the front end and is a completely different issue that has been diagnosed and is being treated.

You can definitely show a horse that has come back with that type of injury with vet approval but obviously you have to be respectful of it, as in get off him between classes, warm up slower than you would a normal horse, pay attention to his comfort levels etc.

My horse loves a visit from the chiro and yours probably would to...
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