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    07-03-2011, 09:25 PM
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Exclamation Abused pony in Vladivostok, Russia. Need help!.

Hellow to everyone.

My name is Anna, i'm 26 and I live in Vladivostok, Far East of Russia.
I own a horse, 15-year old stallion. He is not rideable, but I still love him.

Last winter in our city strange pony has appeared.
Obviously, he is disabled, probably from his birth. And he can't work.
I've tried to bought him, but the owner asked to much money and I couldn't afford it... =(

Couple of months ago I found this pony in a city park. He was ridden by kids for money
He walked harder than ever before.
He was injured (it looks like bitten by a horse).
In your place I guess somebody would call in humane organization or somewhere else. But here we don't have this kind of organization, and police doesn't work with such cases =( If you want to help abused animals here, go and help yourself. (I own now a cat, two kittens - one is bitten by dog (broken leg), another is bitten by "human" (broken jaw), and one dog, and I try to find new families for them myself)
So I've bought it for my own money (it cost 500$ then). And now... I don't know what to do.
We don't have good horse vets and professional farriers here, horse clinics or something like this. I know it sounds strange, but it's true.
So I've decided to ask for help. I want this pony stayed alive and was happy. So I'm looking for some proffessionals who can help me with this pony. Some online cosultation or something like that? I agree to work with this pony (I'll send his blood for blood test in a couple of weeks to laboratory that works with equine's blood and it doesn't matter for me that the closest lab in Russia is 5000 miles away from us. If x-rays are needed, I guess it will be possible in a dog's clinic), I'll find money for it's treatment, but I need somebody who knows what to do.

So, if you know somebody who can help PLEASE let me know.
Any contacts, links etc. apreciated.

Pony:
Pony 1st of July 2011 pictures by AnnaVolokho - Photobucket


He is not beautiful, he is sick, now he is very agressive with people, but he wants to live very much

Senserely,
Anna.

P.S.: sorry about my English, I don't I know it well.
So if I wrote something incomprehensible feel free to ask.
     
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    07-03-2011, 10:48 PM
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Green Broke
Hi Anna and welcome to the forums!



Poor little pony. He really looks like he's had a rough time. I don't know there is much any of us can do to help, but I am sure there are many people on this board that would be willing to at least try and offer suggestions.

The video gives us a good idea of how badly he is moving, but we can't really see enough to try to pinpoint where a problem may lay. Is there any way you are able to get closer still pictures of him, close ups on his legs or feet etc? It looks vaguely from the video like there is something really wrong with that front right, but I can't get a clear enough view to tell if it's a huge hoof, fetlock, or what is going on there.

And I think you write english pretty well. I could understand you just fine.

ETA, nevermind, just saw you had a link to pictures above the video. Somehow missed that before posting. Going to look them over now.


Whoa, wow. That has to be about the most severe club foot I have ever seen.

The bite wounds aren't OVERLY concerning. They are bad, but as long as you keep them clean they should heal up fine.

The feet need some serious attention all the way around, but that club foot in particular might well keep him from ever being anything remotely sound.

It might be worth an attempt to see if you can get him comfortable with working on those feet....but I'm not 100% certain if that's the kindest thing to do for him or not.

To start with, his feet need attention straight away. I would make sure you are keeping him on a light, grain free diet. He shouldn't need anything but hay, and you don't want to do anything to make those feet worse.

I know you said you don't have professional farriers around, but what kind of access do you have to someone who CAN work on his feet?
     
    07-03-2011, 11:44 PM
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Pretty much ditto everything on Indyhorse.






     
    07-03-2011, 11:51 PM
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I'm seeing congenital deformity (perhaps something to do with dwarfism?) which has led to mangled legs. Looks like arthritis in the knees and hocks. Then there's that awful club foot. That means problems with the deep digital flexor. You'll be able to do a little for the club foot, but not much. Getting the length off the regular hooves will bring some relief. Get him on some kind of pain med, and you might be able to buy him some time of quality life. I don't know. He's pretty messed-up. But if you don't want to euthanize him right from the start, and since you've already got him, if you've got the money and tiem to invest you might as well try. Pity you don't have any good veterinarians or farriers around you. Here in the US, someone might even donate their services to help as he's such a special case. If you can find someone to trim his hooves, these guys might be able to advise you how to go about it: The Farrier & Hoofcare Resource Center Forums - Powered by vBulletin

Good luck and bless you for trying.
     
    07-04-2011, 12:44 AM
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That has to be about the most severe club foot I have ever seen.
Me either. =(

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The feet need some serious attention all the way around, but that club foot in particular might well keep him from ever being anything remotely sound.
It might be worth an attempt to see if you can get him comfortable with working on those feet....but I'm not 100% certain if that's the kindest thing to do for him or not.
I will try to do my best for him. I don't expect he can be absolutely normal. I want to try to make him live comfortable walking and grazing in a paddock without any work.

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To start with, his feet need attention straight away. I would make sure you are keeping him on a light, grain free diet. He shouldn't need anything but hay, and you don't want to do anything to make those feet worse.
Done! He eats only hay right now as much as he can eat.
He's got problems with his teeth. We will try to fix them this weak.

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I know you said you don't have professional farriers around, but what kind of access do you have to someone who CAN work on his feet?
Of course we have people who works here with hoof. But I can't call them "farriers". One day they have just decided to make money this way. They don't have education, just experimental experience. They work only with healthy hooves, and most of horse owners don't satisfied with results. Contracted heels, sheared heels, unbalanced hooves are regular cases here. One day I understood that feet of my horse is not OK. Farrier told me it's OK for this horse (he couldn't walk on the hard ground for a five years, his sole was absolutely flat) and he would be lame till the and of life. So I took hoof rasp myself and tried barefoot trim (thanks to internet and articles written by professionals). Our hooves are not perfect now, but much better then ever. And stallion can walk on hard ground now.
But still I have no idea how to work with a club foot of this pony =( And farrier told me to kill the pony =( We will improve situation with his hind feet, but I have no idea about his front feet. According to books I have and articles in internet it looks like "contracted tendons". Pony can't bent his right knee at all. The left knee can bent just a little bit. He can't trot or canter, he sleeps with a straight front legs like a dog.

Тhanks for paying attention.
     
    07-04-2011, 12:50 AM
  #6
Green Broke
Oh, wow. Those pictures broke my heart. Poor little man.
Those feet, and those hocks.....bless his heart.

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    07-04-2011, 01:01 AM
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bubba13 thanks a lot for reply and link.
     
    07-04-2011, 01:08 AM
  #8
Green Broke
Oh wow..That's awful..People who do that kind of thing just make me furious..

It seems like you are already doing a good job of starting him off and I have to say that you are a great person for taking on something like this. It's sad to see things like this but I know it's happening everyday. I can't really tell you anything that Indy didn't point out but I hope things work out for you and the little guy.

On another note, Welcome to the forum and keep in touch so we can follow his progress and help where we can. Good Luck!!
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    07-04-2011, 09:05 AM
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Poor guy :( I hope he'll be fine in time.
Good luck
     
    07-04-2011, 12:58 PM
  #10
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Kvazar    
We will improve situation with his hind feet, but I have no idea about his front feet. According to books I have and articles in internet it looks like "contracted tendons". Pony can't bent his right knee at all. The left knee can bent just a little bit. He can't trot or canter, he sleeps with a straight front legs like a dog.
I think posting on the site Bubba recommended might be a good idea.

I trim my own horses feet, but I wouldn't dream of trying to give you any tips on your little guy. I'm not nearly experienced enough with problems like that.


I think it's a good idea to be mindful of the tendons, because that will be a big part of how you trim, you can't take all that excess off very fast, just baby steps to try to let that tendon relax down - and it may well not relax at all.

Good on you for trying to help the poor thing.
     

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