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post #1 of 3 Old 03-10-2011, 02:05 AM Thread Starter
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Torn Shoulder Tendon "Recovery Possible"???

There are some really horse educated people here I see and thought you all may be able to give me some direction on this horse.

12 year appy gelding as pet for my horse. Was purchased for $1200 as a roping horse. (From owner: On 2nd ride while roping and turning a cow horse went down in the rather deep sand of the arena. (A great vet) had said it was a torn shoulder tendon (I do not know what it is called but soreness and limping on right front leg, tender about where the front of the saddle rests in front of your knee). The vet had given directions to put him out to pasture for 1 year and he may or may not get better. I took him to my place to see if I could get him into shape and see if I could help him. However, I don't know the damage will be fixed. After a year out to pasture he still limps occasionally but will walk, trot and gallop like a mad man with the other horses in the pasture and shows no signs of his injury when galloping. I don't know if it's the extra weight of the rider that throws off his balance or if this is an injury that can never be fixed. A good horse friend of mine said he may just need to learn to balance again with the riders weight with the weakened tendon and learn how to reuse it. He told me to ride him bareback and see if I could feel where the twitch was and work on movements to improve his balance. My children have ridden him in the corral and he is a sweet as ever but I don't trust him enough for them to take him on the trail or downward slopes. Any suggestions, he is not my horse but the owner is willing to give him to me since he will probably never rope cattle again because of the injury. Is he worth putting the time and money into to see if I can fix it or do you think the damage has been done since he wasn't stall rested? Spring is coming and I don't want to dedicate too much time with him if the injury can not be fixed because I don't want to risk a sore horse freaking out on my kids ( I consider this a preventable thing) Any suggestions would be great.
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I am so sorry that you are going through this, but I think that all of the questions you ask, are your questions to answer. (I know this is not helpful).

As you bought him as a pasture friend could he be comfortable enough to be just this?

Do you want to spend the time on this horse faced with the possibilities?

Only you can say what you want to do, but we are here to hear it either way.

Of course it doesn't have to be as bleak as this, and he could heal, but as your vet does not know, we cannot.

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Thank you for replying. I just thought some of you may have had experience with a torn shoulder ligament. I have 3 children, (1 is intermediate, the others have not rode much at all). And I didn't buy him. I just said I would work with him to see if I could get him back to a usable condition. The horse people I have talked to around here have don't know much about this injury type so I thought some of you may be able to help with conditioning exercises for him. And I can't just keep him to be a pet (too expensive and too many kids that want to ride and my other horse is not kid friendly yet). Just wanted to see if any of you had any suggestions. He will go back to his owner soon if I don't find more information on his condition and the possible prognosis. Just have never heard of this type of injury on a horse before and all the treatments that should have been done when he was first injured were very expensive and not very commonly used in this area. So I understand the owners not doing surgery or extensive therapy because he won't regain his performance level. He doesn't seem to be in pain. But thank you for your response.
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