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please think good thoughts for my horse (update: not worst-case)

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by patandchickens, Oct 16, 2009.

  1. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Berto is 21, I've had him for 14 years now, he's never been the most useful riding horse b/c of soundness and chiropractic issues but he is a great character and I love him to pieces.

    He is pretty much lame all over (TB who raced way too much when young) and his feet are collapsing all apart, and I've been seriously debating whether to put him down before winter arrives. Had decided he was comfy enough at the moment to let it go, buy enough hay for three (that is, including Berto), and just play it by ear.

    Well, to be give him somewhere totally soft and cushy to walk around on when the ground freezes, I've been working on fencing in 3-4 acres of former hayfield out back. It's standing meadow-grass and weeds, still grazeable for a month or more and great to walk on. I finished this afternoon and let them in.

    Of course they ran around like morons. But Berto ran around right up there with the other two guys, largely at a flat-out gallop I haven't seen him attempt in *years*. It was great to see him looking young(ish) again and having so much fun, feeling the wind whistling through his brain.

    Well of course you can see where this is going. As they were winding down, he took a bad step, his left hindquarter went out, and he galloped another hundred feet or so on three legs before coming to a stop. He wanders around grazing ok but is not walking right on it, the ankle is beginning to swell, and he will not put the foot on the ground if asked to trot.

    Optimistically it is "just" a sprain, and maybe he can gut through it and be ok, insofar as he was ok in the first place. However, I am afraid it is more likely something along the lines of sesamoid, suspensory or tendons, and in such a generally-gimpy-all-over horse may not be fixable [​IMG]

    I will see how he is in the morning, with hosing/icing and bute when I get up. If he is suffering I will call the vet, get an opinion, and consider the options; if he is getting around ok and does not seem especially upset about it I will probably hose/ice and bute til monday and have the vet out then.

    But if anyone wants to think get-well (or damage-limitation) thoughts for an old TB's ankle, he and I would both appreciate it [​IMG]

    Last edited: Oct 17, 2009

  2. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Crowing

    Jun 17, 2009
    My Coop
    [​IMG] Wishing only the best outcome..
  3. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    OOh, so sorry! Your story makes me so sad for for him! He seems to still have so much spunk/life in him still... [​IMG]
    I hope all goes well.. [​IMG]
  4. Bec

    Bec THE Delaware Blue Hen

    [​IMG] for your guy. It is so hard when these things happen, especially to the ones that have been in your life so long.

    Sending positive thoughts and prayers your way!! [​IMG]
  5. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Songster

    Jan 25, 2008
    I hope everything works out okay. I hope that in the morning, you'll check on him and he'll be back to his normal shenanigans. [​IMG]

    If it doesn't look good, at least you know that his last years were lived well and happy. What more could someone ask for?
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Good thoughts for Berto. [​IMG]
  7. wombat

    wombat Songster

    Jun 23, 2009
    Here's hoping that Berto gets to see another long lazy summer.


  8. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

    Mar 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    I hope everything goes well for your horse! I'm hoping it was just a sprain and he'll come out of it. I hate when my horses get injured, so I know how you are feeling. We have an old guy at our house and I'm just waiting for him to take one wrong step or a bad trip (He normally trips quite a bit anyways) I'm hoping we never have to make the decision to put him down because he goes lame, but at least we know (And you know in your horses case) that we gave him a very good life.
  9. fowler_chick

    fowler_chick Songster

    Feb 8, 2009
    South Western Kansas
    when you mean collapsing are the walls of his hoofs going? soft frog? do he wear shoes on all for or is he bare foot?, if he is shoed have you thought of pads to help out?, the last year that my mare was alive we desided to put winter shoes on her to help out with the snow and ice
  10. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    I will be thinking of Berto and wishing him the best. [​IMG] Please keep us posted on his progress. [​IMG]

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