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post #1 of 16 Old 01-25-2010, 04:51 AM Thread Starter
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horse with knees problems

hello, I want to ask if anyone know what problem has this mare at her knees.

The mare is around 20 years of age, she's a rescued horse and at this moment she's at a horse shelter for almost 2 years now. Her previous owner had abandoned her after she fell in a canal, they let her there to die.
The doctor told us to euthanize her. She sometimes refuse to walk, and after she laid down she can't get up without some help. The knee joint seems to be painful to touch because she pulls back her leg when I do that.
Besides of those problems she's a very kind and sweet mare.


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post #2 of 16 Old 01-25-2010, 05:53 AM
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I gasped when the photos opened up

Judging from the signifigant swelling, particularly in the right one, I'd say she damaged the joint capsule of the knee and probably has bone chips in the knee as well.

If the vet isn't recommending a treatment, and you can't make her comfortable with pain meds, I'd reluctantly agree with recommendation to put her down.

A horse that can't lay down and get back up doesn't have great quality of life. She has to be in constant pain.

She must be a very sweet mare indeed.
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Yes, I agree with you, this mare should be put down but I can't decide this by myself.This decision should be taken by the ones that manage the horse shelter and they don't want to do this. They decided to let her die naturally when will come her time. The doctor just told us that she must be put down without recommending a further treatment for her.

In my country the laws for animal protection are not respected. I know that in other place a horse in this condition that is let without a treatment for his illness will be considered animal cruelty. I'm worried for this mare and for a few other horses from this shelter were I'm volunteering and I don't know what to do to help them. That's why I ask information, maybe I find some helpful things.

Thank you a lot for your answer.
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I'm sorry, that puts you in a really awful position.

I guess that comes with working for a shelter, but I'm still surprised the shelter management believes "letting her time come" is the best course of action.

Are they doing anything for her for pain relief?
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Unfortunately no, the mare doesn't receive anything for pain relief.
They decided to euthanize just the horses in a very critical condition, the ones that can't stand on their feet and the ones that are in very very bad condition. They decided that this mare can live her life in a decent way. Anyway, I have some cases more critical that this one. This why I hate my country, for it's lack of laws for animal protection . If even in a shelter is happening this, you can imagine what it can happen in other places.
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Wow, I'm so sorry. She certainly does look like a very sweet girl. :,,(

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Keeping her alive is paramount to torture. If she can't get up without help I would say she is not far from not being able to get up at all. If she were mine I would have her slaughtered for food. She would no longer be in pain and her body would not be wasted. I'm sure there is a market for horse meat in eastern europe and people would be grateful for the food.

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it's unfortunate. Is she in pain or does she just look like she's in pain? From the looks of her condition and from what was said about her I'm not sure it's just her knees bothering her. If she had a fall like that and was left her muscles and joint all over her body were probably effected. Geriatric horses often respond well to equine chiropractic treatments. It may help keep her confortable thru these hard times. You can look on the internet and find someone in your area. Just a suggestion
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it's unfortunate. Is she in pain or does she just look like she's in pain? From the looks of her condition and from what was said about her I'm not sure it's just her knees bothering her. If she had a fall like that and was left her muscles and joint all over her body were probably effected. Geriatric horses often respond well to equine chiropractic treatments. It may help keep her confortable thru these hard times. You can look on the internet and find someone in your area. Just a suggestion
Well I think that she is really in pain because sometimes she refuses to move, she just stand like a statue. When I must take her to the pasture or move her out of the way I have a lot of difficulties and I must pull and push her. But she's not always like this. She's a dominant mare in the heard and she's able to fight all the horses and kick them out of her way. Thank you for your advice.

@kevinshorses I agree to you that it's a torture to keep alive a horse that it's in pain. I think that it will be a good thing to end her suffering in a way, but I'm not ok with horse slaughters. The reason that this horse shelter exist is to rescue the horses that are abandoned or sent to slaughter. So for me the alternative is not a option. But thank you for the advice anyway .

@smrobs That you for word, she is indeed one of our kindest horses.
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Being a custodian for an animal--any animal-- comes with the responsibility to do whats right for them.

Just letting nature take its course is not being a good custodian. It would have been better if they just let her die naturally when she was caught in the ditch. Whats the difference between that and the current thought of "let her die naturally". Doesn't make any sense any way you look at it.

Call the news and let the people explain their position to the media. That should get them to reconsider what being a good custodian is all about.
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