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post #1 of 8 Old 05-15-2012, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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Question Sweeney Shoulder?

Hi all, Im considering buying a horse, but he had sweeney shoulder 5 months ago and is apparently around 80% recovered.
Just wanting to know anyones experiences with it? Will he still be able to jump like he used to? Or will the damage be permanent?
Any replies would be most helpful!
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post #2 of 8 Old 05-15-2012, 10:00 PM
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This is really for a vet to answer. 80% may be all you get and can you live with that? If the horse can't return to jumping will you be content to use it for something else? Has surgery been involved? Each animal will have a different outcome depending on severity of the damage.
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post #3 of 8 Old 05-15-2012, 10:15 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your quick reply. Apparently he was diagnosed with sweeney shoulder 5 months ago but the vet didn't say the severity of the injury. Im thinking it was a bit more than mild if it happened 5 months ago. I would primarily want the horse for jumping so if there is a chance he may not recover 100% then I would probably not end up getting him. Thanks Saddlebag
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If you are serious about this horse, you need to get a THOROUGH PPE with specific attention to the condition and ask for a specific opinion regarding your questions about the longterm prognosis and suitability for what you want the horse to do.
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post #5 of 8 Old 05-15-2012, 10:50 PM
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I agree completely with having the vet do a thorough check to see the extent of the damage, but coming from me, that's more of a catch-all statement because I have no idea what sweeney shoulder is. Would someone care to enlighten me?

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post #6 of 8 Old 05-16-2012, 12:28 AM Thread Starter
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Haha smrobs - heres a site that will explain it...no idea how to link it?

Merck Veterinary Manual
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post #7 of 8 Old 05-16-2012, 12:58 AM
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From the above article, id pass on the horse. If he's been out for 5 months and isnt fully recovered, id say he's had a pretty severe case. If your wanting to be competitive in jumping, you need a 100% sound partner, and why spend the money on a injured horse that may never recover and may not be able to help you achieve your dreams.

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post #8 of 8 Old 05-16-2012, 03:28 AM Thread Starter
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I agree CLa, that's exactly where my thoughts are going now. Its a shame cause he is a gorgeous horse!
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