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post #11 of 123 Old 05-19-2010, 12:34 PM
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Really. A vet needs to see that, even if they are mainly cattle vets. Cows get hurt too and the physiology isn't so different as far as muscles, bones, and tendons go. Your girl needs some serious help and someone with vet training to treat her. If she gets even a little infection, it would be very easy for it to get into her hock or stifle joint and then there really isn't much that can be done to help her.

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oh okay! thank you so much! i will tell my dad about that tonight on the phone.. he is sending me update pictures soon and ill put those up when he gets round to it, thanks again!
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post #13 of 123 Old 05-19-2010, 12:41 PM
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Originally Posted by koobean View Post
yes that is her bone :( the worst part is that im not there to help my dad with it and he's only been around horses for two years.

really? suger and iodine? does it have to be special suger? or just normal shop suger??

If she were my horse I would put her down. It is going to take YEARS for that to totally heal if she doesn't die from the infection that will certainly occur. Even if she doesn't die she most likely will not be sound on it again. Sometimes the best thing we can do for our horses is end thier suffering.

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post #14 of 123 Old 05-19-2010, 12:44 PM
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Honest opinion here. I agree with Kevin. That horse is never going to be comfortable after an injury like that. Even as a pasture puff she is going to have ongoing issues, and that is if, as Kevin said, she survives the healing process. The kindest thing you or your dad could do is have her put to sleep now before she has to endure any more pain then she already is.

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post #15 of 123 Old 05-19-2010, 12:47 PM
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^^ This is what I was going to say at first anyway. The horse will never do anything again and she will be in pain for a long time, maybe even forever after this. It may be a good idea to send her to a better place
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Agreed, An injury that severe, I am afraid, will never fully heal properly. Look at all the muscle and tendons and veins that have been ripped apart, to the BONE. The amount of infections to the bone, muscle, everything. A single fly lands on that you could have a serious problem. I am sorry but put her out of her misery.
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post #17 of 123 Old 05-19-2010, 12:54 PM Thread Starter
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i know, i know.. but right now we/I want do do everything i can to TRY. my dad loves her so much and it would kill him to put her down.. he's like a surgen with her, cleaning and disinfecting and bandaging and feeding. He even tells his dog to stay and guard her so no non of the others can bother her. so for now, she is infact healing, apparently, so i just want to keep trying for her and if she does get an infection and does get worse, we will have to put her down, but just for now... sigh. we need to try evrything we can to get her better before putting her down..
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The horse needs a vet, ASAP. If he has a chance of surviving (slim, but possible) he will need antibiotics and professional care. Please get a vet out.

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post #19 of 123 Old 05-19-2010, 12:58 PM
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Loving her means doing what is best for HER, not for you, your dad or anyone else. HER needs are not being met by keeping her alive to suffer.
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BUT you arent going to do whats best for her which would be packing her up and taking her to an animal hospital that can work on horses... regardless of how far away it is going to be... then put her down.

Put her down yourself if you can't afford a vet visit.

sorry your horse was so badly injured but a vet REALLY needs to look at that and even then they may tell you its too bad..

Realistically you can't fix that alone... no matter how much you read up on it via forums, books, or web sites.
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