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        08-27-2013, 03:02 PM
    What's your diagnosis?

    Just a little game. Here is the story. This 12 yo mare came to our barn today to see the vet. She was forfeited to the local HS several months ago about 200 lbs underweight and severely malnourished. They were told she is a QH. Anyway, now that she is a good weight they are getting ready to evaluate her for adoption. Her feet are horrid as they are still growing out from the poor nutrition and she is very foot sore. What else do you all see in these pictures? After a few people take a guess I will post X-rays and explain a bit. I will try and post a couple more pics.....from my phone. UGH.
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        08-27-2013, 03:06 PM
    Here are a couple more pics. Sorry. Doing this from my phone.
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        08-27-2013, 03:08 PM
    Broken withers?
        08-27-2013, 03:14 PM
    IDK, but with feet that poor she's a pasture pet for another year. It took Buster a full 14 months to grow out the 2 inch chunk from his hoof--gotten from another rescue--and he wasn't lame.
        08-27-2013, 04:11 PM
    Yeah-she already has a good inch of good hoof grown down from the coronet, so things will improve, but the vet did recommend front shoes to help her feet hold up better, plus she is really flat footed.
        08-27-2013, 04:18 PM
    Something going on with that withers area. I just read an article in the horse mag about fx withers and the horse healed. It could be she was bitten by another horse or fell or was made to fall. Or it could actually be a bullet is in there. Way in left field with that one...
        08-27-2013, 05:31 PM
    Only 2 pics came thru so not much info
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        08-27-2013, 05:50 PM
    Broken withers and some trauma across the shoulder and outer flank. Looks like she's been in some kind of wreck.
        08-27-2013, 06:20 PM

    get-attachment-7.aspx.jpgYes. It actually IS a broken withers. We have no idea how she did it, since she truly is a rescue and little is known about her past. Here is a picture that is a little better, altho I will say it was difficult to show the 2 humps she truly has. I am also showing her x-rays, that clearly show 2 broken spinous processes. I had never seen this, and thought is really interesting. The vet was saying that many times when they fracture the withers it is accompanied by an open wound that will not heal until all the bone fragments are removed, which can take a very long time. I also would guess that this mare has had a bad wreck at some point, as she is also missing her 2 front teeth and has many many scars on her legs. She is, however a really sweet, quiet mare-she stepped off the trailer like she had been there any times and was not at all fearful. The vet is very optimistic that she will make a full recovery and be totally rideable and therefore adoptable.
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        08-27-2013, 08:27 PM
    Bless you for taking care of her.

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