Case History: Moselle
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 remained immobile for further four weeks, after which she started to be led out in hand. Our assessment of her injuries led us to conclude that physiotherapy was not appropriate, the damage was too severe (the left hip was six inches lower than the right and had rotated so the leg twisted to the outside) but she benefited from regular massage sessions to help release some of the tension where she had been taking all the weight on her forehand for so long. She will always be handicapped but through careful convalescence she is be able to lead as normal a life as is possible with her own small group of companions.
2nd August 2009
Moselle started walking-out in hand. She was 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 grew in confidence every day and we were extremely pleased with her progress. She, of course, had little concern for her progress. It's the grass that was 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 was 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 was soon being turned out daily in a slightly larger paddock with one other companion.
Although she was still profoundly lame, she began bearing more and more weight on the injured leg. Our farrier was in contact with the veterinary surgeon in order to ensure that he could 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 were confident that she would gradually regain much of her lost mobility and would 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.