Reeco's scan results.

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    06-13-2012, 02:28 PM
Green Broke
Reeco's scan results.

Just had a call from the vet to say they want to keep Reeco in hospital for anouther day.

Apparently a spot on the rear of his pelvis lit up like a christmas tree on the scan and the specialist is 99.9% sure it is a fracture, They are going to ultrasound him tommorow (he was too radioactive today) to confirm. They say it is likely that it is an old injury that never healed correctly and was giving him pain when asked to get his botty under him and come into an outline (explains why I never had an issue when hacking out as we hack out on a lon rein) and he has reopened the fracture when he went up and over.

They also scoped him to have a look at his tummy and he has a couple of ulcers in there as well., possibly caused by the pain of this fracture and because he is a bit of a stressy pony anyway (ulcers are easily fixed though)

So I now have an answer, not a wonderful one and unfortunatly it is unlikely to be a quick fix but they wont give me a prognosis untill they have ultra sounded him.

Does anyone have any experiance of pelvic fractures in horses and how long the healing process takes/what it involves?
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    06-13-2012, 02:32 PM
Sorry to hear that; I was hoping for the diagnosis to show an easily fixed problem. I found this on Horse and Hound, obviously the recovery rate is going to vary based on severity, but for what it's worth:

What are the chances of a full recovery from a pelvic fracture?

The treatment of pelvic fractures invariably consists of two to three months of box rest followed by a gradual return to work.

If the fracture is displaced, or likely to displace, it is prudent to cross-tie the horse to prevent it lying down, as the fracture may worsen if the horse has to struggle back to its feet.

In many cases, it is sensible to give the horse some painkillers initially to make it more comfortable.

The prognosis of pelvic fractures depends on the position and the extent of the injury. Generally, injuries that are displaced have a worse prognosis. Furthermore, injuries that affect the hip joint often do poorly as a result of subsequent osteoarthritis.

Occasionally, displaced pelvic fractures are severe enough to warrant a horse being put down immediately, although this is rare.
Many horses with pelvic fractures make a good recovery and return to the level of work they were doing before the injury.
    06-13-2012, 03:27 PM
Green Broke
Oh god faye I am so sorry to hear this :(
I have no advice to offer, only hugs and fingers crossed they got it wrong!
    06-14-2012, 07:08 PM
That is sad news. Wishing you luck and hope for the best.xo
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    06-14-2012, 07:24 PM
Oh sh** Faye. I hope it isn't a fracture! We are still treating my boy for his.
I feel your pain BIG TIME. Rascal has his last appointment with the specialist for pelvic injuries at the end of July. We've been dealing with this almost the entire 2 years I have had him. This is his make or break evaluation.
He's being worked on the ground for conditioning. He will be reintroduced to the saddle the first or second week of July to see if he'll stay sound under light work.
Then he gets his ultrasound and last set of xrays. I am hoping the Chiro, Vet, and the Ortho make it out all at the same time so I will have all the answers then, and not have to wait.
*Crossing fingers and saying a prayer* If it is a fracture I hope it heals faster than Rascal has.
    06-15-2012, 03:32 AM
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Well I picked him up yesterday evening, sorry I didnt update you then but I didnt actualy walk through my front door untill 10.30pm.

Reeco has a large fracture to the right side of his pelvis.

He is on 3 months box rest a lot of bute and then we will bonescan again to see how it is healing.
Vet said with the fracture where it is and the fact that Reeco is a very fit and otherwise healthy YOUNG horse he has the best chance of it sorting itself out. Also the fact that he is not lame and we cannot make him lame in a lameness work up means that the fracture is very stable and likely to heal well.

Prognosis is good. He has everything going for him.

However he was not happy last night I got him back to the yard at 8.30pm and tried to get him to settle in a stable, he was not having it. We tried just about everrything including leaving him for half an hour with no one in sight. Stupid pony was stood at his door Piaffing (and he does piaffe with his back end when he is dancing at his door). Phoned vet and vet suggested roping off a stable sized area of paddock and seeing if he would settle in there. So at 9.30pm yesterday 2 of the ladies on the yard and myself could be found putting up electric fencing!
I took him round to the field in a bridle and he was still dancing besides me and I struggled to hang on to him, I was dreading him going out and going through a fence or having a hooley. Finaly got him to his new paddock, he walked round the perimiter, had a roll and then settled into stuffing his face, A much much much happier pony outside.

Rascaholic, I hope your guy comes right. Reeco has not been lame except for one week where he was sore and "off" but he has been ridden (had to ridde him in the lameness work up) and is sound ridden.
Thankfully My vets have all the specialists attached to them and often on site so it is very easy for me to get him seen by everyone in one day.
    06-15-2012, 03:38 AM
He sounds like he should be alright as long as he gets rest. I hope this is the case. Glad he could stick to being out and about in his little fenced off area :)
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    06-15-2012, 09:58 AM
Sorry to hear about the fracture and stall rest, happy to hear that it sounds like he will probably be all right in the long run.
    06-15-2012, 01:08 PM
I'm sorry to hear that Faye. I hope Reeco makes a speedy recovering, and I'm glad the prognosis is good.

He's lucky to have a good mommy to take care of him
    06-15-2012, 01:48 PM
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If anyone can rehabilitate him, you can. You sound like a super capable horsewoman. I hope all goes well for you and Reeco.

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