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    07-08-2009, 10:43 PM
Walkamile,,,thanks so much for your post.... I spent a little time with him today...he is such a love.... its so hard... he wants to be with his friends...I hugged him and gave him a little carrot, he can't have a lot and hugged him and fly sprayed him.... it s all good... please pray for him
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    07-08-2009, 11:25 PM
My question is this. If the horse can manage pain ok with bute, why is on 3 legs?
What I'm about to say, I am only saying because of the age of that animal in question. If he is in significant pain bute or not (which by the way, bute is not meant for long term use), if the horse can't get around without being in discomfort and time( a few days maybe a couple weeks) is not doing the trick then yes, I would really consider sending him over to the other world.

It's a different story had he been younger. I never would give up hope or giving him a chance but the main difference with this one is the age. The poor bugger has lived a long and happy life, let him go.
    07-09-2009, 07:32 AM
Yes he has been on bute for quite a while, I guess its just a matter of time. His one leg is completely unusable he cannot put any weight on it.

I appreciate your comments, its a tough situation.
    07-09-2009, 09:45 AM
I have to say that I personally have been in that horse owner's situation. Three years ago my mare injured her right front leg. Over the course of the next year after the injury we had 4 vets involved and I even took her to Michigan state university for x-rays and advice.

She was misdiagnosed over and over and I came to the conclusion now that we have laid her to rest that none of the vets knew what the problem was. I was told stall rest, stall rest, and more stall rest. I was told that she should recover from the injury, but she never did. After about a year of stall rest and a small turn out paddock I took her back to Michigan state. They took more x-rays and compared them with those from 6-7 months prior. They were shocked to find that she had developed severe laminitis in her left front leg and there was nothing they could do for her.

Had I known then what I know now I may have approached the vets a little differently and put more thought into putting her down earlier. I watited until a vet recommended we put her down. She was on three legs as well, but I was always told she should recover. It was tough to let her go, but I would have sooner had one of the vets even hinted that we should consider this...which none did until the end.
    07-09-2009, 09:52 AM
Thanks for sharing, in this case the vets have told her in no uncertain terms he will not ever recover. However they also said as long as he is eating and appears to be okay that its okay for him to go on this way. I am sure the time will come when it will be obvious. I guess we all handle it in different ways. He has already been on stall rest off and on for well over a year. I know what I would do, but I just to be supportive of her and try to make sure he is as comfortable as possible.

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