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post #1 of 5 Old 05-08-2009, 09:27 AM Thread Starter
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Fractured pelvis and trauma to the spine

hey, i was wondering if anybody had any usefull advice...i recently purchased a vanner colt (grandson of the lionking) and he was in a sorry state.
He was riddled with worms, underweight and had a peculiar looking rump.
The previous owners said hed been attacked at 2 weeks old by 2 dobermans and their vet had said his hip had been pulled out and would be ok with time.
My vet had a good look and was amazed that he was still alive as he had had a fractured his pelvis and it had dropped loads and that he had major trauma to the base of his back and the vet who checked him when it happened shold have put him down...glad they didnt hes such a great lad. BUT my vet has no idea on how to rehabilitate him as hes never seen a horse any advice on exercises to help him build up muscle and get him using his hinds properly again will be greatly appreciated!
Hes 90% in walk, just looks a little stiff but in trot he hops with his hinds and will trip reguarly.
Hes not in any pain (vet has done a few basic flexion tests) and seems a happy contented little man but i want to do the best for him and let him live as long a life as possible. thanks amy and rocky x
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post #2 of 5 Old 05-08-2009, 09:33 AM
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My god, that's awful! It's amazing he survived.

I'm assuming your vet gave you the go-ahead to ride? I don't mean to offend, just checking....... And it seems weird that your vet doesn't know how to rehabilitate him. He didn't have any suggestions?

You could do some ground driving. That way you can get his hind end underneath himself without the weight of anything on his back.

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post #3 of 5 Old 05-08-2009, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
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Hey thanks for the reply, hes only 10 months old and i bought him to use as a future stallion so he wont be ridden....the only thing my vet could suggest was walking him in hand twice a day which iv been doing but it doesnt seem to be doing much either way, good or bad.
Im thinking of trying hydrotherapy but dont know anyone thats used that technique...x
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Oh ok, I had assumed he was older and you wanted to ride. You know what they say about assuming things, haha.

You can still ground drive though. It's a great way to build muscle, I think it's beneficial to any and all horses.

Hydrotherapy is swimming right? I think it would be great, I've heard a lot of wonderful things about it. Of course, I don't actually know anything about it, lol.

Good luck! I hope you find something to help him get stronger. =]

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post #5 of 5 Old 05-08-2009, 11:07 AM
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We have an equine swimming pool down the road and it is awesome. Think of all that weight taken off of his joints. I think it would really make a difference in his quality of life. It may be pricey but if you really want him to be as sound as possible then it would be worth it. This is the place down the road from me and it has some info on there lonestarstables under horse swimming
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