Anything you can do to help a mare with a severed ligament? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 14 Old 10-24-2014, 01:03 PM Thread Starter
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Anything you can do to help a mare with a severed ligament?

Hi, so 2 months ago my mare was limping very badly, and I had the vet look at her. He told me that she was a 4/5 lame, and that he was going to take some X-rays. The X-rays revealed she had severed her right hind ligament about 80%. All we can figure was that she had slipped during a storm the day before. He told me that I could never ride her again, to sell her as a broodmare, and get another horse. Unfortunately, her previous owner "cannot find her papers" and no one wants a lame horse with no papers. I have been letting her out into the arena a couple times a week, and she loves it (she kicks around, rolls, knickers while running, and craves attention). I got on her the other day because I felt so bad for her, and just planned to walk, but it was obvious her leg was not going to do what it should. I turned into my sad, depressed state when I realized that. So cutting to the question, is there anything I can do to give her ligament support? A certain supplement? Anything?
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post #2 of 14 Old 10-24-2014, 02:44 PM
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A vet worth having would have casted that and ordered stall rest for AT LEAST 3 months to allow the tendon to heal. Without that, the horse may never be sound again. How do I know? Been there. Done that. After 3 years of light riding, he is now running barrels with pretty respectable results.
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post #3 of 14 Old 10-24-2014, 11:54 PM
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Wait- you can see that on an x-ray? I thought you needed ultrasound for stuff like that..

Why didn't the vet do anything? I would be very upset. To sell her as a broodmare to carry even more weight?

You really need to get a second opinion from a better vet.

Which ligament?

Please do NOT be riding her when she is lame.

You should have a follow up done anyways.
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post #4 of 14 Old 10-25-2014, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
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The vet said "there is nothing I can do, but I see no problem with her becoming a broodmare". I was so frustrated that day I didn't think to ask about casting her or stall rest, or anything. I am however extremely ticked that he didn't do anything else about it, and now it's too late to fix it! I will never use him or anyone from his clinic ever again. Extremely disappointed.
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She severed her right hind ligament. I don't know about know how he figured the percentage, it's just what he told me.
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post #6 of 14 Old 10-25-2014, 11:15 PM
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personally 10eliz10 I would be on the phone with a competent vet now! While yes damage has been done it may not be to late for her. Complete stall rest Now! Get a proper support wrap on it ASAP until a proper examination can be done. No Riding as said above. but most importantly she needs to be seen by a proper Vet who is versed in equine lameness. A ultrasound of the injured leg is a good start and then either casting or support wraps depending on the degree of damage and what the specialist suggests. Don't give up on her just yet! Their are loads of knowledgeable horse people on this site that are willing to help, you just have to be open to the advice given. Good luck with your mare I just finished stall rest with my mare due to a strained tendon. I am slowly bringing her back to work now after 3 months. It takes time and patients loads and loads of patients.
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It's not even "not a good job" it's that he didn't say ANYTHING (that you are relaying at least lol! but I believe you!)

To me it's like having a large gash and not even stitching :/

Agee you should have a competent vet out. It may not be too late and if it is they could advise better.
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This horse at my barn has completely severed the ligaments in his back leg TWICE. The owner was told to put him down and that he could never be ridden again. Well the horse was her autistic sons so for the past year she has been working with the University of Minnesota to rehab him. 2 months ago they started ridding him again and you would never be able to guess the extent of his injuries. The UofM is even putting him in their calender. I believe they have around $7000 in vet bills
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I feel saddened when I read a post like this.

A vet cannot tell ligament damage from an X-ray the leg needs to be scanned. You have been asked which ligament and haven't a clue as to what or, seemingly, where it is other than the back leg. There are masses of ligaments in each leg. Is it below the fetlocks between the hock and fetlock or higher?

The horse needs to be strapped correctly, kept in a stall and not exercised at all if there is any hope of a partial/full recovery.

As for feeling sorry for her and trying to ride her shows that you need to learn a lot more about the care of a severely lame horse.

Breeding is not an option, most of the weight of a foal is on the hind legs. Mares that have had several foals usually end up with weakened pasterns so to breed from her would be a horrendous strain.
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post #10 of 14 Old 10-26-2014, 06:31 PM
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I honestly dont even understand why you thought riding her would be a good idea?!?! If my horse was lame I would never even consider doing something that would cause her more pain!
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