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        12-15-2010, 01:06 AM
      #11
    Foal
    He's kinda cute looking though in a weird way :) I had a mare a while ago, and as a baby she had broken her knee, and it healed by itself. As a four year old, she had three even gaits, could lope on both leads, just couldnt jump, and wouldn't go into a gallop very often. It wasn't nearly as large as his, but she certainly got by well :)
         
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        12-15-2010, 01:19 AM
      #12
    Showing
    Wow, poor guy. While he doesn't appear to be in any pain, he would certainly not be suitable for anything more than a pasture puff for someone wanting a sweet horse as a pet. He may not even be suitable for a companion animal since he spent so many years as a stallion. I don't know that shoeing will correct the problem at all but it will likely make him more comfortable. I would say that if you can't find someone who would be willing to take him and just feed him for the joy of watching him eat and being able to pet him, probably the kindest thing would be to spoil him rotten for a few days and then quietly end it.
         
        12-15-2010, 01:36 AM
      #13
    Started
    I agree that he doesn't look like is in any real pain, and if you can get corrective shoeing mainly to make sure he's comfortable, I think he'd make a nice pasture pet to love on. I'm glad that you weren't afraid to get the vet out asap to geld him.
         
        12-15-2010, 01:52 AM
      #14
    Trained
    He has quite severe muscle atrophy, indicating that he IS in a significant level of discomfort, as he cannot use those hind legs normally, thus the muscle wastage.
    If he was xrayed, I would bet that there will be significant changes to the bones in his hind legs, and soft tissue, particularly tendons and ligaments will be severely affected.
    At 18 years old, particularly if he has had this problems for some time - which he obviously has, corrective shoeing will unfortunately do very little.
    I would say that his condition will worsen over the years and he will become more and more crippled. The calcification in his left hock is going to be putting pressure on the small joints within the hock - hocks are one of the most delicate joints of a horse, and such severe swelling is just going to cause arthritis and other nasty conditions.
    I am quite distressed to see a horse with such horrendous hind leg issues. If he was mine, he would have been put down long ago. I could not bare to watch my horse struggle like he does. It would absolutely not be cruel to put him down, I know his owner is very attached to him, but it is much kinder on the horse than letting him degrade slowly in the paddock, wasting away. Explain to the owner that the hind leg issues are going to become more severe, and the kindest option for the horse is to have him humanely put to sleep.
         
        12-15-2010, 04:28 PM
      #15
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Kayty    
    He has quite severe muscle atrophy, indicating that he IS in a significant level of discomfort, as he cannot use those hind legs normally, thus the muscle wastage.
    If he was xrayed, I would bet that there will be significant changes to the bones in his hind legs, and soft tissue, particularly tendons and ligaments will be severely affected.
    At 18 years old, particularly if he has had this problems for some time - which he obviously has, corrective shoeing will unfortunately do very little.
    I would say that his condition will worsen over the years and he will become more and more crippled. The calcification in his left hock is going to be putting pressure on the small joints within the hock - hocks are one of the most delicate joints of a horse, and such severe swelling is just going to cause arthritis and other nasty conditions.
    I am quite distressed to see a horse with such horrendous hind leg issues. If he was mine, he would have been put down long ago. I could not bare to watch my horse struggle like he does. It would absolutely not be cruel to put him down, I know his owner is very attached to him, but it is much kinder on the horse than letting him degrade slowly in the paddock, wasting away. Explain to the owner that the hind leg issues are going to become more severe, and the kindest option for the horse is to have him humanely put to sleep.
    We thought about this. To let the owner know about the condition of the horse. Is distressful to see the horse in this state, I know. I see him often, I don't really now if I should walk him more often or let him rest. Despite of this he seems to be in a great state of mind, full of energy and willing to explore everything.

    Thanks a lot for the input.
         
        12-15-2010, 04:34 PM
      #16
    Weanling
    Poor guy. God speed on a result. Whatever it may be, let it be a comfortable/good one.
         
        12-16-2010, 10:03 AM
      #17
    Foal
    He does not look like he is in pain...he looks a little underweight to me and he does not look like he was well cared for, just my opinion. He looks like he would be a great pasture horse...it seems to me he is in better hands and I wish you luck.
         
        12-16-2010, 12:41 PM
      #18
    Foal
    He's a very pretty boy and I do love how he looks around and seems very interested in things. He doesn't seem like he's in pain and he doesn't have a depressed sadness about him.

    We had a bad situation several years ago with a beloved family pet. It was our decision to go ahead and let her continue to live life as long as she seemed to be "enjoying" life. Her ears still perked up, she was still interested in everything, loved to follow us around and just overall seemed "happy". Eventually.. that started to fade and we did have her put down. That may be the best bet on how to look at this situation too if he seems ok, and he seems happy, and you have a place for him. It may be enough to just let him live happy and relaxed for awhile.
         

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