I am back into the horse world and bought a wonderful brood mare who was field sound, but other than that, no one knew what her problems were. Perfect manners. 18 years old. Then her personality changed overnight. She became distrustful. She broke lead rope, so we tied her with an unbreakable one, which she tried hard to break. For the next few days she drug her left rear hoof a bit when walking.
Vet said she probably has some arhtritis. When she seemed normal again, we tied her again and she pulled, but this time I could tell she had hurt herself as she had trouble getting her hindquarters totally under her again. She drug her right rear hoof and I expected she would heal as before.
The following morning she would not walk and when I pulled very gently on the lead, she pulled back (not stepped back) and fell on her side! While trying to get her into a confined paddock, she was startled and fell again! She has trouble whenever she has to move quickly, even now, apx. two weeks after the injury.
She has a huge swelling at the right side of the tail that is slowly going down. Her ability to balance herself is still abnormal. I called the vet the day it happened and a week later as well. He is having me give her bute. It helps.
Has anyone seen this happen before? So far, she seems healthy otherwise. How much of this kind of thing can a fetus take? She is due late May. And how does someone find a trailer equipped with a harness/sling for extra support of her rear, when transporting, which I have to do soon.
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks so much.
Jan Owen Senior Stallion or Mare Username: 1frosty1
Post Number: 1260 Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Monday, March 17, 2008 - 10:59 am:
Wow Cheryl, I am so sorry for you and the mare. I can see why you are worried. Has the vet eliminated other things that might effect her motor control? Perhaps pulling blood and checking other things out might be a good idea. I hope somebody else jumps in here with some good advice. Hoping that today will be better for you both.
Thank-you both. I'm pretty certain it is an injury, but is probably more serious than my vet thinks. He had just seen her a few days before, so probably thought it was the same problem as before and I never spoke to him-just his assistants.
But I think you are right. I need to push for more evaluation to be done. Poor baby-it's so sad. I've had her a month and love her already. To see what is probably a preventable injury...well, you know...
Sorry it took so long to respond with update. I moved. The vet said she had pulled a muscle loose and the swelling was part huge hemmatoma and fluid. Said she may walk with a stiff leg now due to possible scarring. I feel so bad for her, but was at least able to move her safely. Thanks much.
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