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post #1 of 6 Old 05-20-2014, 12:21 AM Thread Starter
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Broken Femur - was there nothing to do?

Hi, a friend of mine has been having some foal drama. If you ever read the whole hullabaloo about the legalities of paying for a foal pre-birth that I put on here, well, this is the same friend.

The BO promised her a foal from one of the two breedings they did that were to foal around this time.

Well, both have foaled, both beautiful fillies.

New question.

One of the babies was born with a broken femur and the vet put her down. She never was able to stand up.

Was putting her down really the only option the vet had? Aren't there casts or something? I know horses typically are done after a broken leg but it doesn't seem fair that she only lived a few hours.
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Putting the horse down was the best thing that could have been done to the foal. A horse without its legs is not a horse at all. Putting a baby through pain first thing as it comes through the world? I don't think that's fair.

Others may say otherwise.
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Deschutes is exactly right. The pain from a broken femur, plus the unknown of if the foal would fully recover or not, would make it inhumane to leave the foal alive.
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There's no way I'd attempt to fix a newborn fractured leg. I'd let the foal go and then I'd go inside an be hysterical for a while.
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Sad, but I completely agree with the vet and BO's decision.
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Been a while and advances may have been made but we had a 5 month old colt break his. Our vet called Purdue and the minimum the surgery would have been was $5,000.00 with a 30% chance he'd come through it and be pasture and maybe light riding sound. We had him euthanized.
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