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    09-30-2011, 01:14 AM
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Wow, glad she's making progress.
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    09-30-2011, 02:16 AM

How scary! It looks and sounds as though you have taken excellent care of your horse! Good job! I hope she continues on the path of healing and is fully sound after all is said and done!
    09-30-2011, 07:56 AM
Wow - she's come a long way hasn't she? Horrible injury you have done a brilliant job nursing her. I know what you mean about driving the vet crazy with questions but it's just because you care. Glad she is recovering so well. I look forward to the final photo where everything is tickety-boo.
    09-30-2011, 12:54 PM
We got colt with an injury like that - he had it when we got him. However, he cut his front knee, not his hock. His previous owner was trying to wean him and he didn't think the colt would run through his barbed wire fence. Lesson learned.

We got the colt and his ****. Sent the colt to stay with a neighbor so he could be weaned...dang thing ran through/jumped a field wire fence...tore the knee up all over again. Knees take forever to heal. It's been nearly two years, and the swelling has just now gone down to where the knee looks normal (I know - that's longer than it should have taken, but he kept re-injuring the knee!) He had one little lump of proud flesh develope - we were going to have the vet remove it, but the farrier said to leave it alone and see if it dries up and drops off on it's own. Well...it didn't. But the colt did tear it off somehow. Came up from the pasture a few days ago with his leg all bloody. Hosed it off and the proud flesh was gone. Using Underwoods on the small boo boo that was left - it's only about an inch wide. Hopefully, it will heal up with no more proud flesh...
    09-30-2011, 02:16 PM
Back a number of years ago we had a husband with wife move into our backwoods suburban/rural lifestyle who were of the big city cultural backgrounds. I had my QH and some many years of horse knowledge, but
That couple most swiftly turned that very nice horse into a major meanace nearly with in less than 2 weeks.
    10-02-2011, 11:51 PM
Oh my goodness, two years! I sure hope this wound is better before then. :) The swelling does take a while though. The vet says as long as the wound is healing and still open, there will be swelling and to not worry (unless it is hot and painful, spreading down the leg, temp, etc). Actually, I was told a year would not be out of the question because of the location and the fact that it was a full flesh laceration. Thank you guys for the encouraging words. I will try to get some better pictures this week. Good luck with that youngster Dee! Silly horses... why do we love them so much again?
    10-03-2011, 09:48 AM
Junior's knee took so long to heal because he kept sticking himself where he didn't belong, and ripping everything open all over again. Vet didn't want to stitch anything...the stitches would just rip right out. He was pretty rambuctious up until recently. He's pretty sick right now...poor guy can't have alfalfa and some hay we got at the feed store had some alfalfa in it. We didn't notice it until it was too late. We had specified alfalfa free when we bought the hay. (Read the owner the riot act, needless to say.) Hope the poor guy makes it. He looks awful...
    10-03-2011, 10:26 AM
I am really sorry to hear that he is so sick. Sending prayers your way. ;(
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    10-03-2011, 11:38 AM
Good job -- keep it up. It surely won't take two years. A year, yes, but before then the horse can hopefully be back in training, just not 100%

Candandy -- what did your post have to do with this thread or was it mis-posted?
    10-03-2011, 12:49 PM
Originally Posted by sbienusa    
I am really sorry to hear that he is so sick. Sending prayers your way. ;(
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Thanks. It's not looking so good. Poor little guy is skin and bones. Vet says there isn't anything he can really do for him...it's his liver that is causing the problems - can't metabolize the alfalfa properly.

We are providing supportive care - he's eating and drinking just fine, as long as he's with the rest of the herd - separate him - even a little, like in an adjacent pen (we tried that) and he refuses to eat.

Going to pick up some more timothy hay pellets on my way home and start upping his pelleted hay and beet pulp - both in amounts and frequency - slowly, of course. It will either work or it won't. All we can do is hope he can recover.

We may be sending him to a ranch a few miles away - they have a LOT of special needs horses and have troubled kids come in and help take care of them. The way Junior loves kids and attention, that may be what is best for him. Assuming we can get him through this most recent crisis, of course.

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