Moselle spooked whilst out on a ride and ran onto a busy dual carriageway where she was hit by a car. When the vet arrived at the scene his first instinct was to put her down as her injuries were so horrific but there was something in her expression that changed his mind. He decided she deserved a chance and let Nature decide.
She needed 150 stitches to her chest and when the left hind leg was examined it was discovered that the hip was broken and dislocated. It was not operable so Moselle was double-tied in her stable to stop her trying to lie down and allowed to find her own balance. Thanks to the excellent care and professionalism of the vet and the livery yard staff, Moselle was considered well enough to travel eight weeks after the accident.
We went to collect her on the first of July 2009. It was the first time she had been out of her stable since the accident but she went into the trailer without any problem and made the four hour journey very comfortably.
She will remain immobile for another four weeks, after which she will gradually start to be led out in hand. Rob's assessment of her injuries led him to conclude that physiotherapy was not appropriate, the damage is too severe (the left hip is now six inches lower than the right and has rotated so the leg is twisting to the outside) but she will benefit from regular massage sessions to help release some of the tension where she has been taking all the weight on her forehand for so long. She will always be handicapped but we hope that through careful convalescence she will be able to lead as normal a life as is possible with her own small group of companions.
We will of course let you know how she progresses.
2nd August 2009
Moselle has started walking-out in hand. She is able to put sufficient weight on the broken leg to be balanced although at the beginning ihe leg was often misplaced; the brain and the muscles weren't communicating very well and the leg was often not where she clearly expected it to be. However, she is growing in confidence every day and Rob is extremely pleased with her progress. She, of course, has little concern for her progress. It's the grass that is her biggest interest!
23 October 2009
After 4 weeks of regular exercise in hand, Moselle was then promoted to her own small paddock with supervised turn-out. The period of turn-out was extended each day until we felt she was strong enough to cope with a whole field! As you can see, less than 6 months after her near-fatal accident she is in fine form.
1st May 2010 One year to the day after her accident and Moselle can walk, trot and canter without any problems. A somewhat differect picture from the one when she arrived!
Case History: Pretty
In January 2009 Pretty broke her right hind leg, just below the fetlock joint, in a freak accident whilst being lunged. She is only 6 years old and had a promising future as a showjumper. Due to this fact it was decided to operate and try and repair the damage with a metal plate and pins.
Six months later, despite the excellent veterinary care and the best efforts of everyone involved, it was clear that she would always be handicapped. Her owners needed to find somewhere where she could continue her rehabiliation in a knowledgeable and safe environment.
We collected her on the 15th July 2009. These photos were taken the following morning.
Due to the severity of the damage it was necessary to restrict the area of turnout to prevent her running around. So for the first week we turned her out every morning in a small paddock with two quiet mares in the next field.
Pretty soon proved herself to be a very sensible, independent young mare and she currently is being turned out daily in a slightly larger paddock with one other companion.
Although she is still profoundly lame, she is bearing more and more weight on the injured leg. Our farrier is in contact with the veterinary surgeon in order to ensure that he can help her start to use herself more normally and minimise the stresses on that hoof.
Having had her movement restricted for so long she has lost alot of muscle and she will always need to be kept slim in order not to put too much strain on the injured leg. However, we are confident that she will gradually regain much of her lost mobility and will enjoy her life here with us and her new-found friends.
Pretty has healed very well. She is now able to put her full weight on the injured leg and the musculature has returned so that both quarters are now equally muscled. She will always be slightly lame, due to the fusion of the first and second phalanges which prevent articulation of the joint, but it is not painful and is not restricting her movement.
Pretty is now out with a number of other mares. She is really enjoying her life here and when they all decide to go for a gallop, she is the one in the lead! It isn't until you get up close to see her back foot that her injury is obvious. From a distance she is 100% normal.
Case History: Fay
Fay was bred as a showjumper. Her sire was the Danish national champion and she was one of a number of foals bred that year. The stud farm's method of weaning the foals was to remove the mare from the stable and leave the foal in. Unfortunately for Fay this was a traumatic experience; the top stable door was shut and Fay started to weave, continuously.
As she was a large filly and over-topped (overweight) this habit led to a number of problems. Firstly, the continuous rocking from side to side caused a slight rotation in the forelimbs resulting in pigeon toes. Secondly, although she was perfectly sound when unridden, under saddle she was often lame. The damage only became obvious when she was brought into full work and was unable to remain sound. The vet diagnosed OCD, a degenerative bone disease caused by too much stress on her joints at too young an age.
Premature arthritis is a certainty but at the moment she remains fit and healthy. The pgeon toes have not been corrected as this would only lead to greater stress on the joints. As it is the entire limb which rotates, trying to straighten the feet will only twist and strain the fetlock and coffin joints causing even greater problems. Whilst it may not look pretty she is comfortable. She has been with us now for seven years and we look forward to many more years together.
Case History: Darcy
Darcy was brought over from Ireland as a three year old. Unfortunately she didn't travel well and suffered some serious head injuries whilst in transit. She proved a difficult patient as she had a tendancy to panic but the owners persevered and when she had recovered they started to bring her into work.
Her nervous temperament didn't improve and she continued to spook and panic. Various methods were tried in order to help her improve but none were effective. Eventually a further veterinary inspection discovered that she was blind in her right eye and had limited vision in her left.
We will never know whether she had a problem with her vision prior to the incident whilst travelling but she has adapted to her loss of sight remarkably well. To the casual observer she is no different to any of the other horses.