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    01-08-2013, 02:22 PM
Originally Posted by CLaPorte432    
He is looking good! Im glad to hear he is doing so well. It honestly takes a very special horse to go through all of this. How is his appetite? Any signs of ulcers from him? Thatd be one of my fears with months of stall rest.

Did I miss the post where you say exactly what happened to him? I looking through this thread again and didnt see anything about his initial injury.
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Thank you!! :)
He is having a pretty tough time with being stalled 24/7 especially since he was an full outside horse before this. During the 4 months of stall rest so far he's had 2 cases of colic (which really isn't bad considering) because he gets so stressed out about being inside. We've put him strictly on soaked hay cubes and bran mash and gatorade in his water so hopefully he doesn't continue to colic. :( He's got a couple toys and an Uncle Jimmy's hanging ball which helps with his stress and digestion. My vet doesn't think he has or is developing any ulcers but I will bring that up to her again when he goes into the clinic on Thursday.
I never did state how this happened as we are taking legal action, so all I can say is that he severed his extsensor tendon down into the fetlock joint. Once everything is a little more settled on the legal end, I can tell you guys what exactly happened - I just don't want everything spilled out onto the internet quite yet haha. And I'm sure you all will be just as enraged as I am about how this injury occured. ;)

JDI - Hahahahaha. That is too funny! It never clicked with me either so I'm glad one of us is paying attention. At least I know now that another wonderful person is giving little robbie some attention when I'm not there. :) He loves it when horses get tied close to him, helps to alleviate some loneliness and boredom. Not quite sure if Mr. Ronan loves Robbie quite as much as Robbie loves him haha.

And thank you guys for the continued well wishes - Robbie is still hanging in there. :) Over Christmas break he was wonderful, he pretty much is fully mobile with the cast (even more than before) and he seems to be acting a little more high-spirited haha. I think he knows now that he's healing. :)
He did have another bout of colic however, which was a little more serious than the last time, but he is now recovered from that and eating wet, soggy foods only. His digestive tract is taking quite the beating from this stall rest.
He's had his cast on now for around 6-7 weeks and he goes back to the clinic on thursday to get it off and see what is underneath. If there is enough healing throughout the leg, he'll get more of an air cast on and can start to be even more mobile. However, if the joint is still exposed and not enough tissue is healed to close the injury, he'll be put in yet another heavy duty cast. Let's hope he is healed enough for the "lighter" cast! :)
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    01-08-2013, 02:33 PM
SmartPak has a really amazing digestive supplement that I had my mare on while on stall rest and recovering from her injury. She was on a pretty long term supply of bute too.

Id look into it for Robbie. Great product...!

Still sending good vibes!!!
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    01-08-2013, 02:44 PM
I am sending good vibes for the big guy.
    01-08-2013, 05:54 PM
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Originally Posted by JustDressageIt    
Hahahahahahhahaah!!! I know you, Blush!! I tie my big guy, Ronan, near Robbie's stall to tack up. We have met a couple times.
It just clicked that this thread is about a horse I see 5 days a week. Ha!
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Wow I always wondered if something like this would happen. Glad to know there are 2 people keeping an eye on him!
    02-06-2013, 03:21 PM

Once again, I apologize for being MIA haha. School, life and work just gets in the way. ;) Buuuuut tons of stuff has happened since I last updated at the beginning of the month. All good news which I'm happy to report!

Robbie got his cast off a couple weeks ago and everything is looking great! His leg is looking great, the hole going into his joint is completely healed over and there is even hair growing over the new skin. :) They decided to put a tube cast/splint on his leg so that he could start walking normally again. His first steps without the cast were amusing to watch haha - poor Robbie was certain he did NOT have a leg anymore so he hopped around for a bit. He stayed overnight at the vet's to get somewhat used to his "new leg" before we trailered him home (in the cast his toe was pointed down so he was basically walking on his tippy toe and now with the new tube cast/splint he is forced to use it like a normal leg).

Cutting & prying the cast off

When his leg first came out!

His new tube cast/splint

In his stall back home safe & sound!

So the plan was to have this tube on for 2 weeks with STRICT stall rest - no walking at all - then put on a heavy bandage with a splint for 2 weeks with walking lightly - up and down the barn aisle once - then just heavy bandaging with a corrective show and go from there. Sounds good right? Well the first night Robbie had his new cast/splint on, he chewed the lower half of it apart and then proceeded to chew apart his leg. I guess he had some cast sores on his heel that the new tube was rubbing and didn't like that at all = let's chew off the expensive cast! the vet was called in the am when the barn hand saw blood and a half destroyed cast and proceeded to take off the entire cast and just put on a splint with heavy bandages. She also treated the cast sores and Robbie seemed 10x happier with that. He wouldn't even stand on his leg when he had the tube on and by the afternoon he was walking better already. :)

After the vet cleaned it up (you can kind of see the heel sores if you look closely haha)

New splint!

Since he's had on the new splint, he's been making leaps and bounds in his walking progress. :) He can walk, turn, etc pretty soundly and the vet came out this past monday to check his progress. He walked 90% sound down the aisle without any splint or bandage or support. I couldn't have been happier. I seriously almost cried when I saw Robbie walk just about normal considering everything that has happened. Right now he picks up his leg a bit higher in order to flip his toe up but I honestly think that he will be 100% sound by the end of this and nobody would know what has happened if there wasn't a lovely scar to remind us haha.

Now I get to walk him lightly for the next couple of weeks until his splint can come off. So riding him again may not be too far away! :) I promise I will get a video of him walking now for you guys to see. I just can't get over how far my boy has come. And I couldn't be more happy!
    02-06-2013, 03:26 PM
So happy to hear how well he's doing!!
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    02-06-2013, 03:29 PM
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This update just brought tears to my eyes! I am so happy to read he is doing so well. What a little stinker chewing the cast. Boys I tell ya!

This has been such a roller coaster for you. The end result is looking so promising. I can only imagine your excitement!!
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    02-06-2013, 03:43 PM
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So glad to hear the good news look forward to video. Boys can be such brats. Hunter keeps chewing his wraps off
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    02-06-2013, 05:11 PM
Yay for Robbie!
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    02-06-2013, 05:46 PM

Absolutely love this picture!

So glad to hear he's doing well!
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