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post #1 of 24 Old 09-02-2012, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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Is This Just Life With Horses Or Are We Cursed?

So.

My boy (older gelding, retired GP show jumper) went dead lame in his hind right last summer due to a bone chip in his hock. This was before I bought him, and I knew about that. I also knew he had an old suspensory injury, that caused us some problems as I learned I cannot ride him without shoes. I got him hock injections last month. Everything was groovy, but I noticed something weird with his trot yesterday and I'm waiting on my trainer to take a good look at him tomorrow.

Another (young mare) horse in the barn is 3 and likes to roll like a fiend, got her leg stuck in a rail and had a joint swell up and was lame for a while. Also, there's something wrong with a tear duct in her eye.

Another (young) horse in the barn has hoof trouble and has gone lame three times while the farrier has been messing with it.

Another (older retired hunter jumper) horse had some kind of stifle injury and ultimately needed surgery and got retired.

Another (young) horse has some problem with his hocks and had hock injections, but seems to have some kind of ongoing problem.

Another (young) mare pitched a hissy fit in the ring and seems to have thrown her butt out, and made herself sore in her hocks.

Another (older OTTB) horse rolled on a rock or something and got a big cut in his hock and his owner is having to really nurse that along because he got proud flesh.

I have now been a Happy Horse Owner for one year (pretty close to it) and I'm starting to feel like having a horse is long periods of vet care or rehab, punctuated by periods of soundness. I'm starting to feel like "Oh, it's been 4 weeks since something happened to throw me into a panic, make me lose sleep, and call the vet out! What's happening that I don't know about!!"

The owners are all really involved, and call the vet out promptly, and get farriers, and chiropractors, and massages, and training, so I KNOW it's not a problem of having Bad Horse Owners. So I'm wondering. Is this kind of typical? Or is my barn under a curse? Is having a horse like having a Triumph motorcycle, where you should expect it to spend an awful lot of time "in the shop"? Or are we just going through a bad phase?
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post #2 of 24 Old 09-02-2012, 07:05 PM
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Just life of horses. They always seem to be getting themselves hurt.

I have several problems with all of my performance horses getting hurt.

I hope your horses heal soon. ^^
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post #3 of 24 Old 09-02-2012, 07:22 PM
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Well, you bought a retired GP show jumper with known lameness issues. Of course you're going to have a constantly on-off lame horse.

Sometimes horses injure themselves.

Sometimes people injure horses by riding them wrong, training them wrong or unintentionally setting them up for injury.
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Everyone is either doing OK, or seems to be getting there...but at this point, I'm thinking that's just a temporary thing.

It's like having kids that are super accident prone, isn't it? Just plan on spending time at the ER...
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post #5 of 24 Old 09-02-2012, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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Well, you bought a retired GP show jumper with known lameness issues. Of course you're going to have a constantly on-off lame horse.

Sometimes horses injure themselves.

Sometimes people injure horses by riding them wrong, training them wrong or unintentionally setting them up for injury.
If it was just my horse, I wouldn't have the question. But it's a lot of the horses, at different ages, different levels of training, different riders, etc. That's why I wondered if this was just part of being a horse owner.
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We have an old saying....you can go 10 years without needing a vet and then have 2-3 emergencies in a week. It's just horse life.
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post #7 of 24 Old 09-02-2012, 11:20 PM
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I am so there with you. Ive had my mare since April, and two fetlock injuries, colic, allergies, flesh wounds and 2 k in vet bills later I am praying we have a couple months of healthy horse.

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So.

Is having a horse like having a Triumph motorcycle, where you should expect it to spend an awful lot of time "in the shop"?
Hey, Triumphs have got a lot more reliable these days. They hardly ever explode for no reason now...

Sorry to hear about all the horse trouble down your way. Chin up, it's just a phase.
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post #9 of 24 Old 09-03-2012, 03:56 AM
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Yeah I think its just the way things are.

A lot of those things, a hock cut, putting the back out and even old injuries, well they're fairly normal in the scheme of things.

It also depends on the situation, like if they're kept with other horses they probably tend to hurt themselves more etc.
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post #10 of 24 Old 09-03-2012, 06:58 AM Thread Starter
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I am so there with you. Ive had my mare since April, and two fetlock injuries, colic, allergies, flesh wounds and 2 k in vet bills later I am praying we have a couple months of healthy horse.
Oh my gosh, that IS some bad luck. I hope that all sorts out soon and your mare is sound and healthy for a good long while!
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