Has anyone seen this? (Videos & Pictures)
A friend of mine recently started rescuing horses as well and came across a little grey mare with some goofy legs.
Her hooves are clubby and when she first sent me a photo I thought of several possibilities... I had the chance to drive down and see her today and this is a new one for me.
Some sort of lax tendons maybe? I'm out...
This is a video, when she gets going shes pretty fluid with minimal dragging but this shows "the worst of it". She ALWAYS stops and leaves one hind cocked, see photos :wink:
You need a better video of her moving cant tell much from video its not long enough to see whats shes doing. Somethings wrong thats for sure shes not standing like a normal horse would.
I didn't watch the video but based on the pictures I wonder if she may have had a stroke at some point? I suggest this as the day my old horse (32) had to be PTS he was doing that with his leg but unfortunately it didn't stop there and he deteriorated quickly after that.
Yes I have seen this, we have a very similar mare at a barn I work at. The vets say it's neurological, she also has SERIOUS pain issues throughout her spine and has outbursts of wall biting/kicking. I don't know if it's the same for that horse - but unless you're planning to rescue that horse and keep it for life I don't see much of a future.
I'm saying this with an 18 horse sanctuary of unusable horses and ponies. If you want to be a rescue to save and rehome horses - or do you want to be a sanctuary to give horses a safe place to live out their lives, even if they aren't perfect.
The only time I've seen it was with a mare who had a stroke as well. We fostered an OTTB broodmare who did this exact same thing and we could never figure it out, but it worsened after she had another stroke while we were with her. She eventually died of a massive stroke only a few months later. Unfortunately if that is what this is, it is irreversable and will likely happen again at some point. She looks like she hurts. Personally, unless there was something you could do to guarentee that it would keep her from hurting, I'd put her down. She can't be used as anything as she is, and she's probably suffering.
I wonder if it has anything to do with her left front...
I would just like someone to tell me the rationale behind throwing money at a 'rescue' like this while that same money could have 'saved' a dozen young horses from the slaughter house? What am I missing here?
For me it is not about whether a horse is usable or not, but about whether the horse is in pain and/or has a poor quality of life. I would strongly suspect a spinal injury or tumor on the spine since it is a bilateral issue. Personally, I would not be able to justify putting down this horse just because she is unusable if a vet told me that this issue caused her no distress or pain. Even if that meant saving other horses. Conversely, if the vets said that this condition caused the horse any distress or pain, I would not be able to justify keeping her alive.
"You don't throw away a whole life just 'cause he's banged up a little."
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