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post #1 of 21 Old 12-09-2012, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
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Angry Stretched Tendon?

My horse has been sick for over two months now. Swollen legs that eventually popped and most of skin died off. (maggots included). After two dfferent types of antibotics Doxycycline and Penicillin he began to get better and new skin slowly began to close in around the leg. Then, I wake up and find him walking on his (ankle, sesamoid bone?) in the left front. I have a farrier come out and build a corrective shoe for him and he started walking alright on it for about a week. This morning he looks to be going back even with the shoe on. I love the guy and he has never stopped eating drinking or walking and has a pretty good attitude about it. He hasn't give up so I haven't given up but he has to get back on his hoof.
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post #2 of 21 Old 12-09-2012, 07:19 PM
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What has the vet said?

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I agree have you had a vet out recently to look at this?
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the vet has been out over 20 times. First the skin(tick bite, snake bite who knows. Still no answer 1800.00 dollar later. Now the tendon, the vet said the tendon was probably weak due to the skin problems and may come back. Unwrapped it looks like a bowed tendon. The corrective shoe worked for a while but now he is sliding back again. I will try to post a pic.
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corrective shoe

here the shoe seems to work well for a few days but he starts to do the same thing with the shoe now.
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post #6 of 21 Old 12-09-2012, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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we are WAY past "have you had the vet out".
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Have you gotten a second or third opinion from other vets? With something this serious, I would be calling every vet in the tri-state area and looking for university hospitals and such. Folks that have the education and might actually be able to find out what's going on and get it fixed.

That's really my only suggestion because I've never dealt (or even seen) anything like that and I would be afraid of making any suggestion for fear that it would be wrong and the horse would suffer more.

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The vet I have been currently working with is a great vet and worked as the surgeon for an Equine Hospital which is operated by a major University( I prefer not to say depending on the outcome of this but i'm in Virginia). I'm not really worried about the skin. The skin is getting better. I'm worried about the tendon and would like to know if anyone has any experience with something similiar.
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I again agree I would be getting more opinions. It is always ok to ask more then one vet for an opinion on an injury/treatment. Most the time you will hear of something your normal vet didn't think about.
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post #10 of 21 Old 12-10-2012, 12:48 PM
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That is a mess!

Please please get some Resolve Wound as this will encourage the healing faster than anything I have, in 60 years, ever come across.
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I am about to post update pictures of a wound a yearling had. Yes, it would heal but, my vet thought that it would be alt least Christmas before he could even think of skin grafting.
Thanks to Resolve Wound there is barely a scar - and I had to clip the hair for the scar to show!
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