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post #1 of 23 Old 01-01-2012, 06:07 PM Thread Starter
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Question Help - pulled tendon - lost faith in my vet!!

Well its a long story, got my pony molly in july from slaughter and she was fine.

Went out and she pulled a tendon in october. The vet first diagnosed it as EMD (equine metabolic disease) then said no it wasn't that she just had laminitus. So after cutting her food and everything down i rang the vet up and said she was the same (this is after a few weeks). The vet came down and I said I thought it was a pulled tendon and the vet said oh yes it's that then! She told me to walk her on tarmac in straight lines and build up to trotting over a period of weeks. Its now obviously January and she's still lame, another vet said to walk and trot her on grass not tarmac! so now I'm lost as have spent months working on tarmac. I know it's going to be a slow process anyway but i've had no improvement! I've researched tendons and it says than when an injury occurs you should hose the leg down to reduce swelling or put an ice pack on it. I didn't do either of these things as the vet said it was EMD and there was never any swelling (that i noticed).

So now I'm completely lost with what to do! Lost faith in the vet and i can not changer her as the people where i have her do not let any other vets in as they swear by her! She has cantered down the field fine but only a few times. O and i haven't been riding her, just leading!
Any advice would be appreciated as i feel i have let her down. oh and it's her front right leg if that makes a difference?

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post #2 of 23 Old 01-01-2012, 06:11 PM
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The oversimplified answer is that if you are not able to trust the vet with the care of your horse and the facility will not allow any other vet, you would be best served to be finding a new location for your horse. However, I am confused as you say you have had advice from a second vet - so was that vet only advising during a consultation with you or did he/she actually see the horse.
Ultimately, you and your horse will be best served by getting a diagnosis from another vet - only then can proper treatment be assigned.
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post #3 of 23 Old 01-01-2012, 06:12 PM
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Find a new barn! If they will not let you have another vet on sight, what else would they limit?!
That's just crazy. I don't care if they swear by anyone. My horse, my money. Period.

Could you possibly trailer her to another vet?
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post #4 of 23 Old 01-01-2012, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
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Arrow vets

The second vet is a dear friend but he is 82! i worked for him a few years back (only an after school job) and we see each other all the time, he didn't see molly as he is sadly disabled now, he saw a video and i wrote loads of notes down. I cant really move her as the people came to my rescue when I ended up with molly and i don't pay to keep her there, I just look after they're shetland. Plus i really like them and we have laughs, they let me use my own dentist and farrier but just not the vet.
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post #5 of 23 Old 01-01-2012, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
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o i dnt have a trailer! I'm 19 and in england we have to take a test for it. I am doing it this year but currently don't have access to a trailer.
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post #6 of 23 Old 01-01-2012, 06:20 PM
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I'm sorry your horse is injured but you haven't let her down, she doesn't think that way.
Is it common practice where you live for a stable to tell you who you can use for a vet? To me, that's like a landlord telling a renter what Doctor they have to go to. I board horses for others & they are free to use whoever they want & any place I've ever boarded had an open vet policy also.
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post #7 of 23 Old 01-01-2012, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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no its not common policy. Where i am its just there house and land, no other people with horses, it's not a livery. They asked alot of people where i was as they had heard i had a pony with no where to put it, so they have done alot for me. I have looked at other vets but don't want to rock the boat if you get what i mean as they both have late stages of cancer sadly. If her injury was life threatening trust me i would just get ask another vet. I just didnt know if there was anything i could do to her leg or just rest her? by which i mean not take her for her walks. thanks!
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post #8 of 23 Old 01-01-2012, 07:53 PM
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There is a lot that can be done for an injured tendon but a lot of it requires costly, in-depth veterinary care that a country vet can't provide. It all depends on how much money, time, and effort you're willing to invest. I would see if there are any lameness specialist vets in your area (I am quite unfamiliar with the availability of this kind of care in Europe) and then see about paying someone to haul your horse there for a consultation.
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post #9 of 23 Old 01-02-2012, 06:51 AM
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If you suspect any foot or leg injury do not walk trot her on hard surfaces. Walk her on surfaces such as grass or sand.
It sounds like the barn vet just is one of those vets who go with the flo. Talk to her again only be very clear about what you want. Say something like " I realize in the beginning you thought this might be EMD then Laminitis and then pulled muscle, but she is not improving so I really need you to do what is needed to get a definative diagnosis as I am very concerned about her".
Sometimes you must make it very clear to a vet that you want a definate diagnosis with testing etc to back it up, and that guesswork is not acceptable. If she is a good vet, she will be happy to do what is necessary to find out what is wrong. Some times vets are trying to save you money by not testing.
Did she actually do any type of testing when she said the pony had EMD or laminitis?

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post #10 of 23 Old 01-02-2012, 07:41 AM Thread Starter
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She took blood and had an xray taken of her leg to see if the bones had moved. All were ok and the blood came back negative for EMD. Can't believe I've been working her on hard surfaces when ur not supoosed to! So annoyed! Thanks for that info annie!
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