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post #1 of 6 Old 07-17-2009, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
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Are we doing the right thing???

Hi, I have a 16hh grey mare who last year injured her leg, I don't know how she did it but throughout the day it got worse and worse, we had two trips to liphoook vetinary hospital where they found nothing yet she was still not sound.

At the moment we have her on bute and we are working her normally so we have just started jumping her and when the groung gets softer we are going to take her off of the bute and see what happens.

Are we doing the right thing, is there anything else we can do?
I really want to know if anyone else has had this happen and what they did and if it worked out ok for them.

Thanks x
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post #2 of 6 Old 07-18-2009, 11:04 PM
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I would have an equine chiropractor out to look at her. The leg injury could have put something out of alignment in her back, hips, shoulders, neck, etc... I prefer to use one that is also a veterinarian.

If the chiropractic works doesn't help, I'd find another vet who is a "lameness specialist" or send her to a big equine hospital for evaluation. Vet schools often have good hospital facilities. Check to see if a vet school in your state or near you has a hopsital open to the public.
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post #3 of 6 Old 07-18-2009, 11:32 PM
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If it was me, I would stop working her immediately until I knew exactly why she was staying lame. How long have you had her on bute? Are you taking precautions to prevent ulcers due to the bute? If she is only sound when she is drugged, then she has not healed and IMHO, the cause of the lameness needs to be found before she is used again. I have never liked to use a horse that is on bute because they can easily injure themselves more because there is very little pain and they are not as careful as they would be without painkillers. Get the root cause found out and fixed (if possible) before you keep working her, please.

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post #4 of 6 Old 07-18-2009, 11:37 PM
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The last thing I would be doing is jumping her. She still has the leg problem, bute just masks the pain and can actually cause more damage if the horse works despite an injury.
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post #5 of 6 Old 07-19-2009, 11:07 AM
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Please explain the signs seen with the initial injury, the exam and diagnostic tests done by the vet and how she has been doing on Bute.

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post #6 of 6 Old 07-20-2009, 04:41 PM
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Hi there...
I hope by now you have more answers!
I also have to say I totally agree with smorbs on this one...
Please let us know how your horse is doing....
Hopefully there will not be a big issue
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