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Old 03-21-2010, 08:35 AM  
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?? Main Ligament That Holds The Hip Together

I'm so sad right now,..,
A 'family' member had recently (the last 3 years) gotten back into horses again.
She had adopted an OTTB in his early 20's and was stabling, caring, and riding him, so she could again enjoy the world of horses.
Apparently he injured himself at the farm where he was being 'wintered', and now they are going to have to put him down.
It appears to be a major injury (the main ligament that holds the hip together??)
that requires, at minimum, 3 months of complete stall rest, and then maybe (??) he would be pasture sound again.
Apparently, he is 'immobile' at the moment, and daily, fully 'buted'.
And the 'best case scenario' would only be that he become 'pasture sound', never rideable again.
As well, they reside in a major metropolitian city, that has one stable in the city, and it's quite expensive to board there.
My family member feels its just best to have him put down,
but she is heart broken,..., and I am heart broken for her.

Has anyone every had any kind of experiences with something like this?

I think she really has no choice, the expense of it becomes totally impractical due to his age,
his and their living situation (a city stable),
and the 'limitations' placed on them both by his 'major/severe' injury.

Just thought I ask if anyone has any knowledge of this type injury,
or is aware of the outcome of this injury on another horse they've known.
Thanks.
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Old 03-21-2010, 08:44 AM  
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I'd ask Kanoo.
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Old 03-21-2010, 09:28 AM  
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I'd ask Kanoo.
Yep, Great Advice! Thanks
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I have to step out, but I promise I will give this some thought and get back to this thread tonight!!
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Old 03-22-2010, 02:15 PM  
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Just bumping back up,.., wondered if anyone had ever dealt with an injury like this??
Thanks for any input or advice
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I don't have experience with that particular injury, but I do have experience with potentially career/life ending diagnosises, and my advice is to get a second opinion/consult to be confident you are making the right decision.

I agree, that given the information in your post, putting him down does sound like the most humane and sensible thing to do.

I am sorry for your family member. I hope she does not give up on horses as a result!

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