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post #1 of 6 Old 07-29-2010, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
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Exposed Coffin Bone

Is it possible to keep a horse comfortable? And can it be healed enough to be sound?

I have read stories and brief articles on people healing these types of things.

Anyone ever done it? Or is it a smart thing to do?
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post #2 of 6 Old 07-29-2010, 03:31 PM
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Oh wow! I have no idea..

Horses are scared of two things... Things that move and things that don't.
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In all honesty, the fair thing to do for a horse like that would be to have it put down. Even if the injury was able to be healed (which is iffy to begin with), the horse would likely spend what was left of it's life in pain and would certainly never be sound, not even pasture sound.

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Is it possible to keep a horse comfortable? And can it be healed enough to be sound?

I have read stories and brief articles on people healing these types of things.

Anyone ever done it? Or is it a smart thing to do?
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I would be getting a vets opinion. Sounds pretty serious. Can't imagine how painfull that would be.
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post #5 of 6 Old 07-29-2010, 04:29 PM Thread Starter
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It hasn't happened to any of my horses. This is just me being curious.
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post #6 of 6 Old 07-29-2010, 05:18 PM
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I don't consider it a smart thing to do unless you have unlimited funds, and vets on call 24/7/365. Even then, there's no guarantee of recovery.

Nobody's certainly doing the horse any favors by keeping it alive with its coffin bone sticking out.

Anyone running a rescue would be a fool for even considering it. Heck, even just a regular horse owner doesn't have that kind of money to waste.

Instead of spending enormous amounts of time, money and resources on just one animal who would AT BEST be pasture sound, those things would be better utilized on a number of animals who have a decent shot at living a normal, pain free life.
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