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    08-21-2009, 09:01 PM
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Yearling
Need advice on what to do for my horse.

I have an old guy that had really bad Ringbone and Windpuffs (was in this condition when I got him two years and half years ago). He has been fully retired for the last year and is 100% dead lame. He is on really good supplements, but isnít responding to them like he did last year. We are thinking that we should probably put him down before winter hits; we are worried that he isnít going to make it. We are NOT thinking of putting him down before winter so that we have one less horse to feed, we are thinking of doing it so he doesnít suffer anymore. I am very upset about this, but I think it would be best. What do you guys think? My mom asked me to get opinions.
I am very upset about this, so please, no rude comments.


Thanks in advance guys!
     
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    08-21-2009, 09:09 PM
  #2
Trained
No rude comments here hon, just sympathy and my heart goes out to you.

Have you had Veterinarians do full examinations on him and aske for their opinion on the matter?
     
    08-21-2009, 09:13 PM
  #3
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by MIEventer    
No rude comments here hon, just sympathy and my heart goes out to you.

Have you had Veterinarians do full examinations on him and aske for their opinion on the matter?
We are about to call out vet and ask. Our farrier thinks it might be time to put him down, he has been doing his hooves since I got him and agrees that he has gotten a lot worse. Also I have had a few trainers and barn owners look at him and they also think that we should consider putting him down. "/ Ill get a video of him walking out in the field, that might help you guys understand how bad it is.
     
    08-21-2009, 09:22 PM
  #4
Trained
100% dead lame is pretty clear. Yes, post a video. With ringbone for 2 years already, it could well be time :( Thoughts are with you.
     
    08-21-2009, 09:24 PM
  #5
Trained
No one here is qualified to tell you what you should do for your horse - that is only between you, your parents and your Veterinarian. Make sure, before you choose to take his life - that you get more than 1 opinion from the Professionals who do this for a living.

**HUGS**
     
    08-21-2009, 10:24 PM
  #6
Green Broke
Your descision.
     
    08-21-2009, 10:33 PM
  #7
Yearling
Here is the video:


This video doesnt show how bad it is, so sorry that I couldnt find a better one. It doesnt make it look as bad as it is, but I swear im not exagerating anything.
     
    08-21-2009, 10:37 PM
  #8
Trained
He is out grazing, he has a healthy weight, he looks alert and content and he is able to move around. He's not alone, he has buddies and the love of you and your family. He looks happy to me.

If he were my horse, I'd leave him out in pasture, as comfortable and happy as he can be. I think he'll tell you when it is time.

I'd have a long hard discussion with your Vet - or a Leg Specialist.
     
    08-21-2009, 10:40 PM
  #9
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by NorthernMama    
100% dead lame is pretty clear. Yes, post a video. With ringbone for 2 years already, it could well be time :( Thoughts are with you.
He has had Ringbone for 4 years actually. Even during the first two years they still roped off of him and did reining. He has had a tuff life, poor kid.

And thank you MIE. I will take everything into consideration.
     
    08-21-2009, 10:55 PM
  #10
Weanling
He'll let you know when it's time.. I'd surely get opinions from good veterinarians.

He looks like he's getting around ok.. little heel sore
     

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