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Horse with prosthetic leg

Discussion in 'Horse Chat' started by Horselove4ever9, May 5, 2011.

  1. Horselove4ever9

    Horselove4ever9 Senior Member

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    I can't view the video either so I don't know about that. However there was a mini that got a prosthetic (different from the one this horse has) and it could run around with the best of them if I remember the article correctly. Not sure about rolling or bucking though. This horse however they only mention that she can walk/trot.

    This would be my problem too. I would love to have the money to save my horse if I could because she is my best friend, but at what price would it be for her? They can't guarentee that their quality of life is going to be good. And then there's the long recovery process and in the end I think for most people it would just be better to put them down instead of risking the surgery not going well and having to put them down anyways.

    Without being able to see the horse move or not I can't really comment on how comfortable it is, but it did say they still used her for riding, just walking though I think.
     
  2. TamHorseGirl

    TamHorseGirl Senior Member

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    Yeah, someone said it was probably titanium, which I would think is correct. I have 12 screws and 2 rods in my back, for about $10,000, not including the surgery (or cost to put together the leg) which obviously involves a ton of special engineering. Sheesh... that is alot for a horse, I think I would just like my horse to live with wings up in heaven (or wherever you believe)
     
  3. BlueRoan

    BlueRoan Senior Member

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    This is the third horse I've heard about with a prosthetic leg. Apparently, horse prosthetic legs must be really well-made, all the horses can walk/trot/gallop/buck just fine with them on, they're like a normal leg but probably take some getting used to as they don't bend and flex like a real leg.
    My opinion is, if we can wear 'em, why can't they? If it's not going to hurt them, if they adapt to a prosthetic, and if you love your horse enough, give them a second chance at life. Though that's really expensive for a prosthetic, I'd fundraise for my horse if he needed one. I'm not going to let my best friend go if I can continue to give him a good quality of life. I wouldn't put my human bestfriend down, if she lost a leg :p
    Just gotta watch out though, who knows how much it'd hurt to get kicked by a prosthetic? :D
     
  4. Horselove4ever9

    Horselove4ever9 Senior Member

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    If they could guarentee my horse would have a good quality life with the prosthetic I would do it in a heart beat, but since they can't confirm it and it's an awful lot of money to spend only to have the chance of it not working I think in some cases it would just be kinder to put them to sleep.
     
  5. reicheru

    reicheru Senior Member

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    Because, as humans, we have the ability to tell our doctor that we're hurting and we understand our limitations. Horses do not. It's not uncommon for horses to reinjure themselves coming back from an injury... especially when they're already buted up. It's not like they take the limb off, replace it, and the animal is good to go. There's a lot to the process and I'm pretty positive it's a painful one. Food for thought, if the proceedure was such a great idea, I'd put money down that they would have tried it on Barbaro.

    It's because I love my horses so much that I would choose to send them across the rainbow bridge instead of putting them through a very painful process that may or may not save the horse's life.
     
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  6. Lady MacBeth

    Lady MacBeth Senior Member

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    thats great that they helped this horse! he's so cute, i think it's great that they did this!

    i have also seen someone do this for their cow and shetland pony!
     

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