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Old 11-07-2007, 09:26 PM  
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My horse has a hernia! What should i do?

Well i got this mare she is 3 yrs old . i love her to death.
she has a hernea .
what should i do and does it hurt her to ride .
the vet said when she was a yearling she should grow out of it because it was so small.
and to fix it now is going to cost 700.00
it seems bigger now.

what would you do?
this is a pic of herhttp://i236.photobucket.com/albums/ff53/HAYMATTAL/DSC04583Large.jpg
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Here ya go...


I'd take her to the vet if it's getting bigger...
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Old 11-07-2007, 09:46 PM  
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I have a mare that's had 2 foals and did fine with a hernia that she's had since she was born. No problems here...and my mares is bigger.
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I would have the vet take a look. If you have any doubts about it, I most definitely wouldn't ride her until you've got the OK from the vet if it is getting larger. Pretty mare though!
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Old 11-07-2007, 09:58 PM  
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well the vet we have in our town is pretty big and they wont touch it.
they said it was to risky and she would need to go to ut vet and there price is even higher.
you can kinda see it in the photo.
does it hurt her for me riding her.
she is a real slow mare , western pleasure slow. thats all i do with her. but i ride her english .
I was going to sale her but im afraid someone would breed her or make her go real fast and the vet did say they rupture.
also how do you put photos like that on her ? iv tryed 100 times
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First off... for pics to show up like that... go to the links under the pic in photobucket and click on the last one (at the very bottom) then copy and paste....


Second of all.. I don't understand why your vet would give you a price qoute, then say they wouldn't touch it? That's kinda "off"

I wouldn't ride her and risk hurting her, especially if it's getting worse... Just take her to another vet and make sure it's all ok or get it fixed... That's all part of owning horses, caring for them goes hand in hand...
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Old 11-07-2007, 10:13 PM  
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O yes i take great care of my horses.
the best food and tack .
horses are my number one hobby , ALSO my friends .
i dont know what id do without them.
Well it may look bigger because she has grown some since she was a yearling but it may be the same size just looks bigger because she is bigger?
i dont know .
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Old 11-07-2007, 10:18 PM  
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Old 11-07-2007, 10:20 PM  
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ok i have the picture thing down now.
that was practic.

but isnt it a shamed she has a hernia
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Old 11-07-2007, 10:27 PM  
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Hernias can run in familial lines too-if so breeding her would be a risk of passing it on.
I would say not to ride her and get it fixed.
It can be life threatening.
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Old 11-07-2007, 10:37 PM  
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Thats probably what im going to have to do.
i dont want her to hurt .
so ill just get it fixed .
what do you think about the weather being cold? Do you think it matters .
i know not to do it when its hot hot , but what about cold
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You don't do surgery's when it's hot because of bugs.. Like flys...
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The worry is that her intestines may fall into the hole and strangulate. I lost a yearling that way. My regular vet did surgery on a gelding I had one, it really is a simple surgery. His was lemon sized. It can be hereditary.
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I would have the vet take a look. If you have any doubts about it, I most definitely wouldn't ride her until you've got the OK from the vet if it is getting larger. Pretty mare though!

Completely agree - if it is a small one it can be banded and will usually disapper within a few weeks..

She is a beautiful mare by the way..
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I guess I'd get a 2nd opinion too and go from there; be best to have it checked b4 you do much more riding to be on the safe side. Maybe it'll turn out to be a minor problem. She's a nice mare, very pretty in pink . Best of luck with her.
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It is not the size that would concern me as much as the fact that it is getting bigger-that is not a good sign.
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I had a QH Gelding about 3 yrs back that we bought with a hernia. It's hard to tell from the pics, but I would say about the same size of your mare's.
I had our vet look at it and he told me that he was fine for riding as long I would watch where I was going. Not jumping logs etc. If anything would rupture it he said then we would have a mess.
He told us too to make sure it doesn't get bigger and if it does he said we would have to do surgery.
I rode him like that for about 2 yrs, no problems and we ride woods, hills, creeks etc.
We ended up selling him and the new owner did the surgery. They paid 450,-$ about 1 yr ago. He had no problem during surgery at all, but I just couldn't go there at the time when I had him, because he replaced my QH Mare that I lost due to a Displacement of the Intestines and I was kind of scared to loose another one( always the risk of a surgery...)
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Old 11-08-2007, 10:31 AM  
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Yes if it is a small hernia and it is stable you can have more leeway.
This one is growig so it is not stable..that is what worries me.
I did not mean to say all hernias are dangerous.
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Old 11-08-2007, 10:32 AM  
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So if it is getting bigger, I would defintely go ahaed and do the sugery on her..
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Old 11-08-2007, 10:35 AM  
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I know what you meant, ToveroMom, I just forgot to add my last sentence in my first reply...
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