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    09-24-2013, 01:33 PM
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Unhappy Mare never sound for riding due to stifle injury?

My mare acquired a stifle injury (atleast we think) September 3rd.
She is not even pasture sound anymore.
Right now we're trying to get her ATLEAST pasture sound, but due to her previous injuries (left front coffin bone fracture + left hock injury. 2011) my vet said that she will never be sound for riding again and that The best we can do is hope that she MAY one day be pasture sound.


Right now she's in a VERY small turnout, 11x11 and being hand walked daily. I can hand walk her for about 15 minutes without her going three legged lame and even walk over 4 or 5 ground poles at a time without an issue...

What are your experiences with stifle injuries?
     
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    09-24-2013, 01:41 PM
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Did you have an U/S done to determine if it was indeed stifle related? I feel like prognosis also depends on what exactly the Injury is.

Last year Drifter had a small tear in his lateral meniscus of his right stifle. He had to have 6 months recovery time. 3 of those were on complete stall rest and then he was able to be hand walked during the fourth month. The end of the fourth he was turned into a very small paddock and by month 6 we were still walking him in hand with tack on.

We had to do a low of straight line work outs and when I DID start riding him again I would check for heat constantly and usually cold hosed afterwards just in case.

I also had my vet due regular U/S so we could keep tabs and see how the injury was healing. Now almost an entire year later Drifter is just now getting back to the workload he was at before the Injury and he has been retired from heavy jumping and such. I still have to keep an eye on that stifle.

So honestly I feel eaxh injury is different and I would definitely take a closer look at the area if possible. It might be an easier fix or it might be a harder one. With your mares other injuries though, that could definitely affect it way more.

Poor girl. I hope she ends up being all right. Let us know!
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    09-24-2013, 01:43 PM
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Oh- also- I definitely DID NOT walk drifter over ground poles in the beginning of his injury. Were you told to do this by your vet? I also would not be walking her until she was three legged lame. I think that means she is being pushed too far. I would probably try a little less aggressive approach to exercising her and maybe consider rest is what she needs right now
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    09-24-2013, 01:43 PM
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Do have a buddy for her, that wont run around ? Is she calm, and if turned out will she just mosey around and graze ? If she wont be running etc, I would get her a calm lazy buddy and let them out .Our older TB mare was lame, she must have fallen in a squirrel hole in the pasture , her leg was swollen from hoof to hip, her hip bone sticks out at an odd angle. Hubby did not want her put down. We just wrapped her leg from hoof to as high up as possible, wrapped the other hind leg to give support, fed her some bute, and left her alone. She will still gallop 3 legged once in a great while, but she is turned loose in an arena with her boyfriend who is dependent on her as he is blind in one eye so they really don't gallop , just stand around , roll eat .
     
    09-24-2013, 01:44 PM
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Do not push it. Stick to your vet's rehab advice to the T. Don't walk her till she's three legged lame, and certainly don't be doing poles if it isn't explicitly advised by your vet.
Following your vet's instructions to a T will give her the best chance of being sound. If you're concerned about the advice, consult with another vet.
If your vet is good and they say she will never be sound, you can accept that or get another opinion (and may want to consider euthanasia if she will be living in pain.)
It depends on the injury. The stifle is vital to movement, so injuries can be career ending.
The stallion I leased had stifle issues from an injury as a 3 year old - his particular injury was improved by a steady work programme and it didn't end his career. If he was left alone for more than a few days, he would get stiff and sore.
Now, that is one individual horse and one type of injury.
You want to ask your vet or get a second opinion for your mare's case.
Personally, I would hand walk only minimally and stop before she gets uncomfortable. But that's my "over the Internet" advice - you need a specialist.

ETA: you also need an exact diagnosis, if you haven't gotten one yet. That means an ultrasound and other diagnostic measures.
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    09-24-2013, 01:46 PM
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Drifting Shadow,
We've already dumped 7k into her for past vet expenses. My vet said that there was no point in wasting more money on her when she already has soundness problems. She pinpointed the area using these sensors that record her soundness level to a 100% sound horse.
At this moment in time, I have no expectations of her ever being a riding horse again, I just want her to be sound enough to enjoy the rest of her life in a field and MAYBE one day my daughter could hop on her. That's all I want for her.
If it gets worse we may have to put her down, but only time will tell.
How is your horse as far as pasture soundness?
     
    09-24-2013, 01:48 PM
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Make sure to listen to your vet about the physical therapy for her injury.

I am a fan of "second opinions" and will always take a horse to a second vet to make sure I get the same diagnosis. This ensures that I have the right information and can treat the problem as necessary. Now, I don't take them to two different vets for every sniffle and limp but when it comes to a diagnosis like this I always get a second opinion.
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    09-24-2013, 01:50 PM
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Drifter is fine in the pasture but if he is kept out of work for too long he gets stiff and painful. But I know another horse at the barn who is great as a pasture pet with a stifle Injury

So I agree with justdressageit ... It definitely depends on the particular injury. Sorry I cannot offer more help :/
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