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  • Red roan gelding with navicular

 
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    03-31-2008, 05:47 PM
  #1
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Poor guy!

There's a horse at the place where I board...he's a 5 year old Red Roan Quarter horse.
Sadly he suffers from navicular and he's getting worse now.

Now he's practically lame everyday...or at least if he's ridden. It have gotten far worse that what I thought in a short period of time...first when I started riding there, he would be lame if you rode him hard (lots of cantering) for 2 hours...now even trotting for 10 minutes (all together) will cause him to be lame.

I'm afraid that the barn owner will put him down since he can't earn a living (he's a lesson horse) and he seems to be lame all the time (also, appears that he's in pain after a small workout).

I can't say he's the nicest of horses...at least to other horses. He's the bully of the herd...always picking on the other horses, biting, and kicing them. But he loves people.

I'm so sad for I've always wanted to ride him, but won't know (not because I'm not allowed to) but because I don't want to cause him pain.

The barn owner was just thinking of giving him bute, but it would be tooe xpensive to keep giving him it, and it could hurt him further.

So we are unsure of what the barn owner is going to do.
     
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    03-31-2008, 06:30 PM
  #2
Weanling
Hoestly if he's to the point of near constant pain I think the owner putting him down is the best option. It would be worst just keeping him alive and hurting just for the sake of not wanting to let him go than it would be leting him go peacefully so he feels no more pain.

I don't know all the conditions or the owner or anything. But yea , hopefully the owner will make what ever desicion is best.
     
    03-31-2008, 06:37 PM
  #3
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Originally Posted by Bitless
Hoestly if he's to the point of near constant pain I think the owner putting him down is the best option. It would be worst just keeping him alive and hurting just for the sake of not wanting to let him go than it would be leting him go peacefully so he feels no more pain.

I don't know all the conditions or the owner or anything. But yea , hopefully the owner will make what ever desicion is best.
I agree...but it will be sad to see him go. I don't know if he's in pain constantly or just after being worked for a short time.
But I don't think the barn owner can afford just a pasture pet
     
    03-31-2008, 08:10 PM
  #4
Started
Aww. Poor guy. I really wouldn't ride him at all.
     
    03-31-2008, 08:40 PM
  #5
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We don't ride him anymore...no one is allowed to. We are thinking that maybe he's been overworked and going to give him a month or two off and see if that helps, but I doubt it will
     
    03-31-2008, 09:22 PM
  #6
Green Broke
Where I show there is a horse that has the same problem so I was told by a few ppl she is a really nice aqh mare and there trying to sell her for $8500!!!
     
    03-31-2008, 09:30 PM
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Originally Posted by buckaroo2010
Where I show there is a horse that has the same problem so I was told by a few ppl she is a really nice aqh mare and there trying to sell her for $8500!!!
that's way high for a navicular horse. I know Spice was for sale for $3000 ONLY because he'd make a great western pleasure/endurance horse...but that was before his navicular worsened.
Now he's not for sale due to no one would buy him anyways...and he's not a young kids mount
     
    03-31-2008, 10:34 PM
  #8
Green Broke
That's so sad to see good horses go through that! Are there any therapy places you could donate him to? We've done that with some of our school horses. All they do is a bit of leadline walking so it's much easier physically for the horses that enjoy working and deserve to have a good life but can't hold up under the strain of lessons or hard riding. It seems that some horses who are have worked their entire lives go downhill fast when they are completely retired. If he's in constant pain though I might have to agree, it would be kindest to put him down.
     
    03-31-2008, 11:02 PM
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Originally Posted by upnover
that's so sad to see good horses go through that! Are there any therapy places you could donate him to? We've done that with some of our school horses. All they do is a bit of leadline walking so it's much easier physically for the horses that enjoy working and deserve to have a good life but can't hold up under the strain of lessons or hard riding. It seems that some horses who are have worked their entire lives go downhill fast when they are completely retired. If he's in constant pain though I might have to agree, it would be kindest to put him down.
he's only 5 and was hardly used for lessons due to if you ask him to stop he tries to rear...he would NOT be good for any pony rides because of his bad habits.
     
    03-31-2008, 11:21 PM
  #10
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by SonnyWimps
he's only 5 and was hardly used for lessons due to if you ask him to stop he tries to rear...he would NOT be good for any pony rides because of his bad habits.
oooohhhhh.... yeahh.... he's not going to make a good therapy horse. :) Yikes, 5 and already has navicular that bad?? That's not good at all!
     

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