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post #1 of 11 Old 12-15-2015, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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New horse owner and my horse is diagnosed with DJD

I bought my horse after leasing her for a month. I am new to horses but I fell in love with her. I decided I didnt want to lease when the opportunity came up so I purchased her. When I got her she was very underweight and I fell for all the poor stories her previous owner gave me. I will be the first one to admit I came in kinda naive. I trusted the girl I purchased her from; as we became friends so I didnt feel a vet inspection was necessary but later realized she just wanted to sell her problem which is now my blessing but also a heartache. She is a 20 year old standardbred and didnt do much of anything her whole life. Fast forward to when I purchased her; my first day out with her after I bought her I noticed she was limping badly and didnt want to bear weight on her right hind. We immediately got her feet trimmed and the farrier informed me something was wrong. Two weeks later the vet was out and confirmed Degentative bone disease. He took xrays of only the right leg and did the flexion test (?) To confirm lameness in the right back leg. He said that this was the best we would see her. Obviously I was hurting as she is my first horse and I had plans for us, so not much of anything was taken in that day besides the fact the fluid is gone, cartilage is gone and now she has bone spurs which is causing stretching of the tendon and making it worse. He limited her exercise to light walking, firm surfaces and no trotting or cantering. We immediately put her on suppliments but they dont seem to be doing much help. So after this long story I am here to ask if anyone has experienced this and if so what did you do to make you horse comfortable, what signs to look for for serious pain and how long did you have with your horse before you sent them over the Rainbow bridge. Thanks in advance everyone. Sorry so long.
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post #2 of 11 Old 12-15-2015, 11:01 PM
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Wow, that is really crappy if she did that knowingly. I'm so sorry about the situation and about your horse. :(
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post #3 of 11 Old 12-16-2015, 12:17 AM
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If she's in a lot of pain that may have attributed to her being thin. It may be easier on her if you keep her thin so that leg doesn't have to bear more weight. I've had to put a few horses down and I seem to know when the time has come. You probably will too.



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post #4 of 11 Old 12-16-2015, 01:26 AM
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I am so sorry to hear your first experience into horse ownership has been so hard. I have no suggestions other than just sending warm thoughts and hope people have some good suggestions to try in keeping her comfortable.
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post #5 of 11 Old 12-16-2015, 01:33 AM Thread Starter
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It has been very hard. I thought I talked to the right people and did the right things. Wish I wouldve found this site before hand. I really couldve used the knowledge. Thanks guys
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post #6 of 11 Old 12-16-2015, 03:38 AM
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Obviously it is entirely up to you as to when you send her to the bridge.

Personally I would do it now. She is only going to get worse, winter makes it worse, the day could well come when you go out and find her down unable to get up all the signs of her having struggled to do so.

Drugs are only going to mask things, not make them better.

We all want the best for our pets, often it is the most selfless act we can do for them.
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post #7 of 11 Old 12-16-2015, 10:54 AM
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Obviously it is entirely up to you as to when you send her to the bridge.

Personally I would do it now. She is only going to get worse, winter makes it worse, the day could well come when you go out and find her down unable to get up all the signs of her having struggled to do so.

Drugs are only going to mask things, not make them better.

We all want the best for our pets, often it is the most selfless act we can do for them.
I agree - as bad as this may sound, it would probably be better for the horse to go ahead and put down now and also for you so that you can take the experience you've gained and move forward to find another horse. I know it's not easy, I just put down my Dog of 11 years because I did not want him to suffer and possible pass on while he was alone. I wanted to be with him to comfort him while he took his last breath.
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post #8 of 11 Old 12-17-2015, 03:17 AM
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Where exactly is the arthritis? Which joint or joints?
Why wasn't she lame during your month lease?
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post #9 of 11 Old 12-17-2015, 03:35 AM
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Let this be a lesson for everyone...get a pre-purchase exam no matter who you get your horse from.

Even though this is a buyer beware case if this were my horse that I had to PTS 1 month after purchase the sellers would find a surprise on their front lawn one morning.
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post #10 of 11 Old 12-17-2015, 04:10 AM
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natisha made a good point, was this horse being drugged when you were leasing ?
you could put her on bute and pasture turn out to keep her comfy, keep her on sr feed etc.
I would not be riding her, Or, have her euthanized . It can be expensive keeping a lame horse comfy.
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