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jenny (Guest)
10-01-02, 08:22 AM
I have a foal that ran into a fence a couple of months ago and fractured her hip and I have been advised that she will never be able to be ridden and she should be put down but I would like to breed from her as she has an exceptional temperament and is very well bred. She's cantering around and bucking and doesnt appear to be in pain. Does anyone have any experience with breeding from mares with this type of injury, do you think she wouldnt be worth the bother and effort of keeping her? I'm asking because vets have been known to be proven wrong and I am an optomist - it would be such a shame to put her down. Thanks in advance.

WaterStar (Guest)
12-01-02, 11:20 AM
Hi there.
We have a 4 yo mare at my work, who fractured the left wing of her illium as a 7mth old. It healed but one side is lower than the other. We did break her in but it felt like you were continuously falling to the side. Such a shame because she has a wonderful nature and great movement (Although it isn't straight) so we had her checked out by the vet and he says she has pleanty of room, so we put her in foal. Fingers crossed all goes well. It would seem a shame to put your filly down just because of this, you never know, she might breed you the next Olympic champion lol!

Jodie (Guest)
14-01-02, 07:55 AM
If she's not in any pain I would let her grow and see what happens. You can't breed from her just yet, and she may turn out a lot better than you think. When the time comes to decide whether to breed from her have her assessed again and make your decision then.

DavidO (Guest)
14-01-02, 09:02 AM
We have a 2yo colt with both a broken shoulder and hip. Had X-rays of shoulder, but impossible in hip.
Have NOT been recommended by Vets to put horse, but let grow up and re assess later.
Remember that the bone bone structure does change some what, and the horse has long time to mend and plenty of growing to do.
As for breeding the possible problem could be if the pelvis has been affected and may cause problems when foaling.
All the best, good luck, but I would not be putting her down.

Peta (Guest)
21-01-02, 07:46 AM
I have a mare that fractured her pelvis 6 weeks before she foaled. The foaling went much better than expected and the foal is fine, although he was a tight fit due to swelling of the tissue around the fracture. I would not put her in foal again as I have worked on a large TB stud and know of mares with fractured pelvis' dying through difficult births. However, ceasarian may be an option, though this also carries risks.

12 months after the accident she was being ridden again, only flatwork, and I am reluctant to event her again, although our vet thinks with strength training their should not be any problems.

Good luck with your filly foal! Don't give up on her yet.

tom (Guest)
17-02-02, 02:24 PM
Don't give up on your filly yet let time and mother nature do its job then access in 3-6 months. If the filly does not seem to be in a great deal of pain, what can it hurt to give her a go, sometimes we give up on them to early. From personal experience I have had association with four horses over a 20 year period that have fractured their hip, one filly as a yearling that went on to becaome a royal champion ridden and led pony and is still fit, sound and healthly seven years later, the next a TB gelding ran into a fence and was profoundly lame for two weeks but given vet treatment for pain and stable rest fully recovered to become a sound and usefull trail riding horse once again, the third an arab part bred gelding that was very sound ie used for long distance riding although was lower on one side of his hip than the other from an old hip fracture. The fourth a TB mare that has had four foals for us and never had the slightest amount of trouble, even though she had fractured her hip in a barrier trial as a two year old she is now 11 years old an has never been lame in 8 years. As you can see they can lead useful lives.

mandy (Guest)
22-03-02, 11:20 AM
Never give up!!! About 3 years ago one of our racehorses {my favourite one) did his suspensory & sesamoid at the last jump of a hurdle trial. The vet told us to have him put down. Luckily for me and the horse, the knackery had shut down & Dad had to bring him home. Well let's just say - noone was taking him away from me again!! When I saw the leg his joint was actually on the ground & his leg resembled the letter 'L'- I couldn't believe the bone wasn't broken! It took four months of boxing, elevated shoes, double bandaging & bathing as the infection burst through his skin in four places. Eventually I tipped him out in the paddock - what a happy day that was - I nearly cried seeing him running around again. The vet said that it was a miracle that he was still standing. To push my luck even further, I began riding him 2 years after he'd been in the paddock & he is the most trustworthy, lovely ride you could ask for. Occasionally I have to give him a couple of weeks off because he'll go slightly lame but all in all he is a lovely horse to have around & much too good to be dead & buried. Like I said, never give up because miracles do happen!!!

05-04-02, 01:01 PM
I have just read this thread and it is lovely to hear all the positives from ppl. I agree with everyone - Let her grow and see what happens. If she is in no pain then why destroy her? All the very best with her!!

weazel (Guest)
13-04-02, 11:38 AM
I had a yearling who fractured her pelvis at 16months of age and we were told told by two equine specialists (inluding a univeristy) that she would never be ridden and the msot we would be able to do was breed from her with a bit of luck!!!

Well as an early three year old she ran her first race and hasnt looked back. If she isnt in pain, give her plenty of time and correct feeding, and see how she goes. Dont give up yet, nature has a wonderful way of healing given time.

Good luck

DavidO (Guest)
15-04-02, 03:22 AM
It amazes me that if we were talking about a human the pognosis would be good, but with horses it always seem to be bad?