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    12-10-2012, 05:49 PM
  #11
Foal
I would try getting a different farrier out to get a second opinion. Farriers can sometimes create a contraption to keep your horse on his hooves instead of on his ankles. :)
     
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    12-10-2012, 09:15 PM
  #12
Weanling
Subing.......
     
    12-05-2013, 08:45 PM
  #13
Foal
The little guy ruptured his tendon on his way to the farrier in Bluemont, VA. After 3 months a trailer ride takes him down. He never had a job and he was constantly breaking into the barn and destroying things. He could figure out any latch and take out double knots. "smartest little jackass" His name was "jackass" too. He started terrorizing the farm when he was really young!
     
    12-08-2013, 08:14 PM
  #14
Foal
I am a nurse. There is no way on god's green earth I would ever allow an animal to suffer like that.
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    12-08-2013, 09:53 PM
  #15
Yearling
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    12-08-2013, 10:50 PM
  #16
Trained
Oh for goodness sakes - some "Resolve wound" junk is going to do AFA for a tendon issue... I thought blatant advertising was forbidden on this forum??

Anyways - I have seen/heard of some similar issues in horses. Most resulting in euthanasia for various reasons. The main one being infection. Looks like you've circumvented that - which is not an easy feat.
It looks almost like the fetlock needs to be supported from underneath with a foam block. If you wrap it and then duct tape a foam yoga block or something underneath... I would also get this horse on the appropriate medications to strengthen/tighten the tendons and ligaments (name is escaping me). Used mostly for foals who are too loose up front. As well I'd be keen on immobilizing the horse until this is sorted (box rest). And I do agree that a second/third opinion needs to be formed.

BUT that being said - you have to first decide the lengths you are willing to go to. I know it is difficult in the moment to make the decision to euth a happy and otherwise healthy horse but things can take a turn for the worse very quickly and if you have 5, 8, 10 thousand invested in vet bills at that point and the horse is then suffering - it is not a good feeling. I wish you the best of luck and hope a fresh opinion from another vet will help set you on your way!! I know my vet (who is also excellent) does have other vets he refers to professionally in cases that he is not 100% sure on, and with high stakes cases. I don't see why a collaborative effort cannot be a good thing in this situation.
     
    12-08-2013, 11:03 PM
  #17
Yearling
Holy cow that's nasty! I have no idea but following
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    12-08-2013, 11:07 PM
  #18
Super Moderator
I'm not sure why you're even worrying about the tendon or having shoes on him while he has a leg that's raw flesh - he shouldn't even be having that leg touched by a farrier
He needs to be in a stable with clean shavings - mucked out at least 4 times a day to reduce infection risk and not turned out until the legs are healed
He should be on antibiotics, pain meds and a topical dressing to help soothe and heal - ideally one that's antibacterial and anti fungal
Some dressing that would help support and keep the area clean would help but it would need to be clean and changed at least once a day and whoever applies any bandaging would need to know how to do it correctly - too tight and is just going to make a terrible situation worse
If this were my horse and I saw no improvement in a few weeks then I would have him euthanized to spare any further suffering
Anebel - There is nothing in the forum rules that says members can't recommend medications, supplements, wound treatments etc that they have used with success themselves.
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    12-08-2013, 11:51 PM
  #19
Trained
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Originally Posted by jaydee    
Anebel - There is nothing in the forum rules that says members can't recommend medications, supplements, wound treatments etc that they have used with success themselves.
And if they are a manufacturer/distributor of a product?
     
    12-09-2013, 10:10 AM
  #20
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Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
And if they are a manufacturer/distributor of a product?
The people who produce Resolve are based in the US - Foxhunter lives in the UK and other than using the product with success and therefore recommending it to people has no financial interest in the company that I'm aware of
     

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