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    09-14-2011, 04:04 PM
Unhappy Everything on my horse seems to be going wrong

A couple weeks ago my horse Poe went to the vet because for a month he had been off and on with lameness. To the naked eye there was no signs that showed why he was lame. There was no heat or swelling. When we took him to the vet they did full body bone scans and found that his neck, sacroilliac joint, his hocks and the left foot was very dark on the bone scan. So, we started to treat him. His neck was injected 6 times with iwrap (I think that's how its spelt). His sacroilliac joint and hocks were treated with electropulse theraphy. Then after all that we had to decide how to treat the foot. So we wanted to get a better look at it so we paid to get and MRI done on both feet. When we did that we found a huge bubble on his left foot. The vet had never seen a bubble show up like that so they sent us all home after they injected the joint with iwrap to decrease the bone swelling that was caused by this bubble. A couple days later the vet called and said that he wanted to talk to the farrier about the foot and to see what he thinks. So, when farrier came out he decided that he needed to remove that part of the hoof wall because what was going on was a fungus was growing under the hoof wall and seperating it from the rest of the foor.

It has been two days since it has been removed and he is on hand walking only. And I feel bad for making him walk because I can tell that he is in a lot of pain.

This has been a very painful experience for not only my horse but me. Poe is my bestfriend and I hate to see him go through all of this. He went from showing 3'6" to just sitting in a stall all day and it just sucks to see him become depressed from not being able to go out like the other horses.

Has anyone ever gone through this and how can I make it so he feels like he is still loved while he can't really get out and be a horse?
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    09-14-2011, 05:31 PM
You just being around him and grooming him and loving on him is enough for him to know. The walking as it probably hurts him is helping him, so don't stop.
    09-15-2011, 04:22 AM
I went to the barn today to go take care of him and I can tell he is getting depressed because normally when I start walking down the barn isle I will call his name and he will normal call to me but he didn't today. I did take him out and walk him still. I tried to keep him in areas where it was flat so it wasn't putting to much strain on the foot. I wish there was some activity I could do with him while he is hurt. I just groomed him and played with his lips which is his favorite thing to do.

Also, I was wondering if it would be okay to cut back his food a bit while he is rehabing from his injury. He usually is worked 5 times a week for about and hour a day and that barely keeps him in shape. I am afraid that since he isn't being worked that he is just going to turn into a big balloon by the time I am going to be able to put him back to work.
    09-15-2011, 08:16 AM
Cutting back the grain of a horse on stall rest is always a great idea.

You might want to look into some form of slow feeder for his hay. That will keep him busy eating the same or smaller ration over a longer period of time.

I have had very good luck with the simple small hole hay bags they sell at Dover/Smith brothers.
    09-16-2011, 08:31 AM
Wow poor boy. Best of luck with him.
    09-16-2011, 09:32 PM
My boy, Chucky, got corronitis in both front feet REALLY bad a while ago. I had to keep him locked up. Both front hooves had to be removed (which actually reduced the pain HEAPS of him). He could bearly stand let alone walk, he didnt want to eat, he had bed sores all over him from laying down so much and he just turned into a bag of bones. He was in ALOT of pain and he got quite depressed. All you can do is just be there for him and let him know that you love him. He will get better eventually and he will really thank you for being there with him when he really needed it. It might be bad now but it will get better. I know what your going through and I know how hard it is. But he will thank you later if you just be with him. :)

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