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        09-10-2010, 04:51 PM

    I'm trying really hard not to cry about this, but I'm not doing a very good job. I don't know why I'm so unhappy, either, because I already knew Tango was lame and would probably be off for most of the fall, if not the winter. But today my dad got Tiffany (the trainer we bought Tango from, and probably the most experienced and accomplished horseperson we know) to come over, and she found that Tango had torn a muscle in her shoulder. Today you can barely touch one hot spot on her shoulder, and I'm dead serious when I say this is the first time this has shown up.

    So I guess no riding at all for a long time, but that's not even the worst. The worst is that I don't know if she'll ever get better. The slightest movement could tear it again and it could flare up as it begins to heal. Yeah, you can keep her in a box stall for months and months, but that just means she'll get bored and go pretty much insane and be more likely to frisk and run when she finally does get out, and therefore hurt herself again. I mean, I'm prepared to wait as long as I need to to get riding again...I just want to be sure that she will eventually heal, and right now I don't know.

    And now dad has been nagging me constantly over the past few months to "break Lily! Get her into work". Ok, I really do want to ride, but #1) Lily is two years old. #2) I only have about a year and a half of riding experience-I'm NOT going to be able to break a horse, and I wouldn't have the first clue of where to start. #3) She's not even my horse (she's my sister's). And #4, however whiny this sounds) I don't want a 2-year-old. I'm still practically a beginner as it is, and I'm still gaining my confidence. I don't want a green horse.

    I know there's so many more terrible things that could happen to me, but I still feel like absolute sh*t, and am really upset. I know that I was most likely the one who caused her lameness somehow. How many of you have had horses with torn muscles (in the shoulder, particularly) that got better, and how long did it take them to get better? I just want/need to know if there is any hope at all.

    Thanks for listening to me cry and whine. It feels good to get it off my chest. Cookies and pizza to you.
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        09-10-2010, 05:30 PM
    I'm so sorry! Big hugs to ya.
    I would get the vet out to look at her to be 101% sure it's a torn muscle. He or she could then help you out with the healing process, along with Tiffany. I would definitely not break Lily if you don't feel experienced and confident enough.
    Hope it all works out!
        09-10-2010, 05:44 PM
    Green Broke
    I am so sorry for everything you are going through. I agree, you have no business on the 2 year old, especially if you don't have to confidence for it. Have you started her on ground work, however? This may give you something to do, something else to occupy your mind, and maybe settle your dad a bit too. Just a thought. Things like leading properly, backing, ground manners, etc...maybe even the things you might do in showmanship.

    I am sorry I do not know anyone who has had a horse with such an injury. I do know of one horse that has recovered from a really horrific injury, however....google "amigo the amazing horse" and read up on what has happened to him as well as his recovery. Maybe it will help give you a little hope and inspiration.

    I know it seems so hopeless right now, but take a deep breath...the sun has to come out eventually.
        09-10-2010, 05:58 PM
    Green Broke
    Just wanted to send *hugs* to you and Tango.
    I agree with the advice already given.
    Please keep us posted on progress. Can be very difficult to decide what is best for our horses. Keeping you in my thoughts.
        09-10-2010, 06:02 PM
    Thank you everyone. I really am trying to remain optimistic, but it's not the easiest thing to do at times like these..
        09-10-2010, 07:22 PM
    Huge hugs your way!!!

    My friend had a horse who fractured his pelviis and they were soo worried about him going out that the vet sedated him on his first time to the field and supervised to ensure he didnt ruin his healing!

    I know you feel bad but it is a torn muscle it will heal horses recover from alot more
        09-10-2010, 07:27 PM
    Green Broke
    Not whiny at all, all the reasons you listed sound like perfectly good horse sense to me. In fact it is refreshing to hear such honesty!

    I hope Tango recovers well, so sad that you are horseless for the time being
        09-10-2010, 07:47 PM
    Have you had a vet out to confirm the 'diagnosis'? Please don't hang your hat on that until you have a vet confirm it. Trainers, while some of them are amazing, cannot 'legally' diagnose something, and you might want to get a vet's opinion. Regardless it is a crummy situation and I will be sending healing vibes to Tango.
        09-10-2010, 08:30 PM
    Green Broke
    I agree with a vet as she's in pain and could probably use some relief from that. I'm sorry to hear about this. I hope Tango recovers quickly. I also agree with the idea on ground work with the 2 yr old. It could help keep your mind off things.

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