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Little King Ranch
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Username: Eoeo

Post Number: 246
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Saturday, Jan 21, 2006 - 10:29 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

The vet will be here in another hour or so. What is the sceario of one recovering from this? She is a yearling (March 2005)TB filly out of an own daughter of Sham. She and another filly were running around and ran into each other. I heard a popping noise and they both fell down but the one seems fine after favoring her leg for a few minutes. Will have the vet check her too. This filly is alert, on her feet, stands with the left leg out in front partially up. The leg appears to be dropped some at the shoulder so I suppose it could be tremendous bruising and torn muscles too. No swelling in the leg itself to speak of.
He is bringing his portable x-ray machine. What all should he be looking for? If it is the shoulder, what are the chances she would recover enough to be a broodmare? Can't believe this has happened. EO
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Sara Wolff
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Posted on Saturday, Jan 21, 2006 - 11:46 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Oh, I'm so sorry! Lord, if it isn't one thing it's another when you have horses - especially little ones! Please let us know what the vet says.
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Little King Ranch
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Post Number: 247
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Posted on Saturday, Jan 21, 2006 - 2:09 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

The vet just left. There is no obvious break. He manipulated everything and it all seems tight, decided it is in the shoulder. Moved it around and she seemed to have freer movement though still very limited. Gave her dex and bute and taking a wait and see how it goes mode. Will keep you posted. She lays down but is able to pop right up so am thankful for that. EO
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Sue G
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Posted on Saturday, Jan 21, 2006 - 3:51 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

What a nasty accident. These young horses just seem to thrive on seeing how high they can send our blood pressure. Wishing you all the best for a good outcome. Please keep us updated on how everything progresses.

All the best,
Sue
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Sara Wolff
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Posted on Saturday, Jan 21, 2006 - 10:54 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

E.O., so glad it doesn't appear to be broken! Hopefully, she'll just be sore for awhile and recover o.k. Wishing you the best (the little one, too.)
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Little King Ranch
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Username: Eoeo

Post Number: 248
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Posted on Saturday, Jan 21, 2006 - 11:07 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Thanks for the good wishes, it is so heart breaking to have these things happen. However, she has to be a good one or othing would happen to her. We want to keep her as a future broodmare when she is done racing, if she recovers and can race. She has the attitude and she is gorgeous to look at, she really looks the part. Needless to say, she is one tuff cookie.
EO
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Sara Wolff
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Posted on Saturday, Jan 21, 2006 - 11:28 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

once one of my breeder friends was drinking her morning coffee while watching the new foals racing up and down the pasture playing what seemed like a game of tag. Two of the fillies tripped each other and both somersaulted. One got right back up, the other was dead from a broken neck. You just never know!
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Ann
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Posted on Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 - 11:12 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

I had a mare with foal and a two year old all out in a large 2 acre pasture. IN the AM feeding I noticed the mare was not right/ walking funny,.. ends up she had broken her neck.. we will never really know what happened but am guessing the three were playing and she took a fall.. we had to put her down 9 days later.. Stuff happens with these beasts...

On the first day God created horses, on the second day he painted them with spots..
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Posted on Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 - 6:25 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hello LKR,
we have been traveling so forgive the lateness of this response. The dropped shoulder might suggest a common injury of horses from blunt trauma to the shoulder: damage to the spinatus nerve. Treatment seems right on as long as enforced rest is also in it. For more on this see Equine Diseases » Nervous System » Neurological Conditions Not Covered Above » Shoulder Sweeny.
DrO
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Little King Ranch
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Username: Eoeo

Post Number: 250
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Monday, Jan 23, 2006 - 2:03 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Dr. O, thank you for your response. The filly is getting 1 gram of bute a.m. and p.m. She is confined to a 20 by 20 stall. Enough for her to have plenty of room but cannot do much. She is extending the foot in front of her to rest it most of the time. I will call the vet in the morning to give him a progress report. Will read the articles you suggested. Will keep everyone posted. EO
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