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    06-30-2014, 02:20 PM
Question Help!!

I have owned my horse (8 yr old mare) a couple of years, noticed that her left rear foot above her hoof was bigger than her right side. Had been on trail rides and retrained on ground work this spring as did not know what she knew. This spring noticed she was tender with the foot. I had a vet check her out, was told that it was either a strained tendon or bad arthritis and that she should not be ridden now, make a good pasture buddy. I don't have room for her if I get another horse. What does one do?
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    06-30-2014, 02:31 PM
That is bad news to hear about such a young horse. I for one would get a second opinion, x-rays, ultrasound, whatever you can afford and find out what the exact problem is. Maybe rest, therapy, anti-inflammatory meds, can help her. Eight years old is very young to just become a pasture pet. Good luck.
    06-30-2014, 02:41 PM
Agree, I have put her on butte as recommended by Vet every other day or so. Which seems to help. She has not been ridden now for 4 to 6 weeks now. Only rode her once last year due to work and was hoping to do more with her this year but looks questionable now.
    06-30-2014, 02:52 PM
1) get another opinion.. Vet should have been able to tell if it was arthritis over tendons
2) keep her as a pasture pet
3) euthanize her
4) offer her for free and hope she is taken care of ( not a good choice in my opinion)
    06-30-2014, 03:00 PM
Vet doesn't know, but says don't ride her? Find a REAL vet.
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    06-30-2014, 03:15 PM
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Well, if she is truly unrideable I guess you have several options.

1. Sell her. Unfortunately you will have zero control over what happens to her. She could end up abused, neglected, in an auction house... Someone who doesn't care/know any better will rider her
2. Keep her for the rest of her lift. You can look for a retirement facility for her. You might be lucky to find a free lease or half lease as a pasture buddy.
3. Put her to sleep. You will be able to get a new horse. She won't be suffering and she won't be at the mercy of another owner.
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    06-30-2014, 04:33 PM
I have been in a quandry all weekend trying to figure out what to do. Am thinking I will have an x-ray done to know for sure. If my 200 lb plus saddle is too much weight will be asking if a youth will be able to ride her. Don't really want to put her down if I can help, she deserves better but don't want her to suffer either.
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    06-30-2014, 05:24 PM
If it is arthritis, it will show up on the x-ray. If it is soft tissue damage (like a tendon) the x-ray will be clean.

It if it arthritis, it could possibly be treated with injections.

As long as you have the money, it would certainly be worthwhile to dig deeper into the problem and actually find out what is going on. Do you have a GOOD lameness vet in your area?

It's not so much the weight of the rider that will make a horse non-rideable, but its the actions and movements the horse has to go through. If the horse is lame, it should not be ridden by a child or adult. Period.

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