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post #31 of 50 Old 06-17-2012, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
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ahh i did not have the dates written down. im sorry. it was not oozing when we pulled it out.. the swelling went down.. it was probably ummmmm idk, maybe 8 days later we go the vet out.. and its not been 2 months.. the vet has come out twice..
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post #32 of 50 Old 06-17-2012, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
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now* not 'not' :)
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post #33 of 50 Old 06-17-2012, 09:55 AM
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When you see something going on with your horse that makes you go "oh my god!" then CALL THE VET. The vet doesn't necessarily have to come out in person and may be able to give you a recommendation of what to do over the phone.
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post #34 of 50 Old 06-17-2012, 10:07 AM
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Klaatu, what foot is injured? Is she not letting you work with it due to pain? How do you normally handle her feet? Maybe the best time to change bandages is about an hour after giving pain meds & it may take an extra person or two to help hold her and/or her foot.
Taking her temperature is really important too as it will tell you if the infection is spreading. You could tie dental floss to a hair clip & a horse thermometer, slip it in, clip it to her tail & step out of the way but be careful if she isn't used to having her parts messed with.

I asked of blood testing because that can indicate the level of infection & blood cultures can tell you if the infection is going through her body.
Wound cultures can also be done to make sure that you're using the correct antibiotics for the 'bugs' in the foot. Some antibiotics are more effective than others, depending on the organism.

Are you sure she was confused on how to get in the barn because maybe she just didn't want to?
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post #35 of 50 Old 06-17-2012, 10:25 AM
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Friendly reminder to stay on topic and NOT go personal. Or thread will be closed...
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post #36 of 50 Old 06-17-2012, 10:26 AM
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If the horse is too wild for you to doctor her puncture wound properly, she is still limping after a month and is showing neurological damage, maybe it is time to consider ending all this suffering. Since this is a rescue horse and she's already had a hard life, it's probably prudent not to let her suffer any longer. Certainly something to discuss with your vet, they will gladly tell you your options.
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post #37 of 50 Old 06-17-2012, 11:51 AM
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Originally Posted by klaatu View Post
people are not following this story..
Really? Because from what I read, you had the vet out a month after the accident.

Just the fact that you have never had the vet out before for shots or Coggins or the like is irresponsible in itself. If she was thrashing around and vicious enough that you couldn't pick up the foot, that should have been your second clue that the vet needed to be called to sedate her. Lastly, stop using your age as an excuse for immaturity. Walking out at 11 to check on a horse is far from impressive; any one of us would have done the same. Heck, I've helped trailer a horse with a cracked skull in the middle of the night three hours to OSU for intensive care. That in itself doesn't make me responsible.

In summary, good luck with your horse. Hopefully you can see sense and get this horse the medical attention she/he needs, no matter if she cost you thousands or nothing to acquire.
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post #38 of 50 Old 06-17-2012, 12:02 PM
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If the vet bills are too expensive, (and it sounds like things are bad enough that they're going to be pretty huge bills) there is nothing wrong with putting the horse down. Personally I have a limit set in my mind for what I'm willing to spend on each of my horses. If a vet bill over the course of treatment is likely to exceed that then I will have the animal put down. Some people may not like it, but that's just how it is for me.
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post #39 of 50 Old 06-17-2012, 12:43 PM
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As horse owners we have a responsibility to do our best for our horses, and sometimes the best we can do is to put them down or rehome them if we can't provide the care that they need.

What we have here sounds like a horse with a major foot problem, who hates being handled, who obviously does not have regular foot care, I'm thinking that the euth option isn't the worst one here.
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post #40 of 50 Old 06-17-2012, 01:43 PM
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Originally Posted by klaatu View Post
ok.. guys..
she is on antiobiotics but i cannot wrap her foot without her being sedated.she is in a dry stable. its the best i can do for her.
You can't be serious. You can't do anymore for her than this??? You don't deserve her. Give her to a rescuer or have her euthanized its better than allowing her to live in pain. People like this shouldn't own horses. Your not a very good person i don't care if your only 17 that's no excuse for not caring for this free basically "dead" to you horse that you so happened to "save".
Good job! "pat on the back to you!"
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