Unsound horse dont know what to do anymore.

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  1. Ottbaddict

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    Im sorry if this rambles a bit, im a frustrated wreck right now.
    I have a thoroughbred mare and i live in a rural area, its over an hour to get to a vet office, and i do not have a trailer. My parents bought me this horse when i was younger and now that im out on my own with a good job ive been trying to save money to have a truck and trailer. I got the truck but life took unexpected turns and i could not buy a trailer. My horse has been having issues with her hind end in the canter since last summer. She has been off work since the start of the year. She is a maiden mare, in march her teats swelled right up along with the sides of her flank/belly area. I cannot touch her here at all. We thougt edema from being in a smaller pen. Butte and turnout did nothing and its still here. (Vet recommended this on the phone) I had a very bad farrier after my previous one retired and he ruined her already bad feet. she has a club foot and now rotated coffin bone. She had horrible abscesses and constant bruising that wont go away. She will not toletate having shoes put on. Its also not comfortable for her to hold her back legs up to have her feet trimmed. I now have a great farrier (he just moved here) but he doesnt want to trim her without xrays to see how bad it is. So quite a few issues going on, and ive tried called vets but they all say i need to get her to their office but i cant. I even bought a trailer so i could but it was in way worse condition that i thought and i lost a ton of money on it and now cant buy another for a while. This horse is alright in the pasture but not sound and not completely comfortble. She still runs around but she is definitely off and the swelling affects her gait. Im so frusted because i feel like i failed her. My boarding facility is closing so im scrambling to get a paddock set up at my parents house (no other suitable boarding places here) and buy hay. Just so many things going wrong. I dont know what to do at this point. I have one person i can borrow a trailer from but its broken. Im sorry i needed to vent because im so frustrated and upset over this. Hopefully someone has some advice.
     
  2. AprilBride2012

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    Does someone at your boarding facility have a trailer that you could borrow? Any horsey friends?

    Can you post pics of your mare and her feet?

    If you get a video of her moving, some of the members here are very good at spotting where issues are. It isn’t a substitute for a vet, but can give you some ideas on questions to ask the vet.
     
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    Have you scoured Craigslist for a hauler? I've seen ads for a horse taxi on the Denver CL.

    Can you hire someone to haul her in to a vet for x-rays?

    Turnout is sometimes over looked. I think it is something that many people forget about. Motion is lotion. Let her be out and be a horse and see if anything improves.
     
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  4. Ottbaddict

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    She is out with a herd on pasture. That was where i had always kept her I had tried moving her to another boarding facility but the only other places here have tiny little pens with shelters so i thought lack of movement is what caused it but it wasnt. She has been back on pasture since april no improvement.

    I have not been able to find a hauler that can bring us, wait, and then bring us back.
     
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    Post an ISO on CL and/or FB local swap shops and see what pops up. Say you're looking for someone to either rent a trailer from or someone to be a horse taxi for the day.
     
  6. Squirt!!

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    I like that, motion is lotion.
     
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    Agree need photos of whole body from both sides at least and good close up views of her feet. Without seeing photos I am inclined to think she might have some metabolic issues.
     
  8. lhoward

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    You have gotten great ideas on how to get her transported to a vet.

    Because honestly, that is precisely what you need to do. There is no what , if , how or when about it. She needs to go now.

    Your farrier sounds like a gem. With the issues your mare has had and continues to have NOONE should touch her feet without xrays. There is a reason she is unsound and keeps having abcesses. But unless you know what you work with, you can't fix it, and you can make it much worse.

    I would also have a repro specialist have a look at her. The swollen udder, flanks and belly could definitely mean something isn't right with her lady parts (internal, too) or hormones. That alone can make a mare miserable and very painful. She could have cysts on her ovaries. Painful and cause all kinds of issues.

    On top of that, get all 4 feet xrayed, so your farrier can do his part in helping that mare.

    Anything you want to or need to do depends on a good health checkup.
     
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    I will say, x-raying all feet, as well as treating whatever is going on with her hormones or reproductive organs, and corrective farrier on top of that, is going to be spendy, time consuming, and will require a few trailer rides most likely. You seem like a very well-meaning person. I’m not sure what your financial situation is, and I’m not sure how bad the horse actually is, but if you can’t afford her care, there’s no shame in contacting a rescue organization to see if they can help the horse out.
     
  10. Garfield70

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    I would rather euthanise if the prognosis is not good and you can't afford a "special need" horse. If you give it away, what happens is out of your control. And nobody needs someone elses expensive special needs horse to pay for.
     

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