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Denise Nader
Username: octavius

Post Number: 12
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Thursday, Aug 9, 2007 - 12:23 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hello Dr. O -

There is a 27 year old mare at my barn, in exceptionally good physical condition, that came in 2 weeks ago lame on a front leg with swelling at the fetlock. The owner was due to leave for vacation the next day and informed everyone to just turn the horse out and she would call the vet upon her return. We were all very concerned because of the amount of heat and swelling, called the owner several days later and asked if a vet scheduled to see another horse could take a look at her horse. She declined saying it could wait until her return. Ten days later x-rays revealed a hair line fracture of the pastern probably caused by the intense hardness of the ground this summer. The vet advised 30 days stall rest but the owner wanted the horse turned out where it would be "happier". The owner plans to wait 4 weeks and then have the horse put down. She feels the horse will not be serviceable and does not believe in retiring a horse to pasture. What is the prognosis for this type of injury?
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
Username: dro

Post Number: 18985
Registered: 1-1997
Posted on Friday, Aug 10, 2007 - 12:31 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hello Denise,
Everything depends on the location on the bone of the fracture making prognosis from this limited information impossible. However if it is truly fractured ignoring the veterinarians recommendations significantly worsens the chance of recovery.
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leslie christian
Username: leslie1

Post Number: 173
Registered: 8-2006
Posted on Friday, Aug 10, 2007 - 1:20 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I dont understand the woman.
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Username: maggienm

Post Number: 527
Registered: 6-2004
Posted on Friday, Aug 10, 2007 - 8:33 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Why wait 4 weeks??
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