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  1. #1
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    Default WWYD: NEED ADVICE -- Locking stifle

    Okay...I have a 9 year old (going on 10) Friesian x TB gelding that I bought 3 years ago to become my jumper because he showed amazing scope and bascule and he turns phenomenally for such a big boy (17.1)!!! Anyways, he was coming along just perfectly and we were schooling 3'3" - 3'6" courses when we noticed his back right stifle was beginning to catch....We had never had any lameness issues with him so this came as a shock to come so suddenly. We had the vet take a look at him and we ended up having to do nothing but trot work up hills for 4 months. That seemed to help tremendously so we slowly started getting him back into jumping and it starting catching again, so we blistered it and did strictly trot work for another 4 months and then only did x-bars for another 3 months. Sadly, it started catching again....We have done everything in our power (except surgery) to try and maintain his stifle but it catches no matter what we do Has anyone ever performed the stifle surgery on one of their performance horses? If so, was it worth it? He is such an amazing horse with the BIGGEST heart of any horse I have ever met and he loved jumping sooooo much and I'm very attached to him....When I bought him 3 years ago his former owner told me that if he ended up not working out, she would buy him back for what we paid. Should I do this or the surgery? It would be so hard for me to let him go after all we've been through but I feel like he isn't getting the attention he deserves with me being busy with all my other show horses...
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    The surgery for locking stifles can be done standing and is usually a tiny incision. The rehab isn't long either. I would talk to your vet more about it, but it might solve your problem quite nicely.



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    Years ago, I had it done on a QH. He went on to win championships in jumpers in Alabama.

    Way back then, it only cost $100 per medial patella ligament. I am certain that it costs much more now.
    When in Doubt, let your horse do the Thinking!



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    What about estrogen shots? Would do that before any surgery.
    Last edited by davistina67; Jan. 15, 2011 at 08:57 PM.



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    Quote Originally Posted by animaldoc View Post
    The surgery for locking stifles can be done standing and is usually a tiny incision. The rehab isn't long either. I would talk to your vet more about it, but it might solve your problem quite nicely.
    Could you explain what is actually done during the surgery?
    "Humans will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple,
    or more direct than does Nature." ~Leonardo da Vinci



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    Quote Originally Posted by davistina67 View Post
    What about estrongen shots? Would do that before any surgery.
    What is estrongen, and what does it do?
    "Humans will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple,
    or more direct than does Nature." ~Leonardo da Vinci



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    Quote Originally Posted by 12hooves
    Could you explain what is actually done during the surgery?
    http://www.equinescienceupdate.co.uk/patlig.htm

    Quote Originally Posted by 12hooves
    What is estrongen, and what does it do?
    See hormonal therapy
    http://www.atlantaequine.com/pages/c...tellerFix.html



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    Well, I sure know what ESTROGEN is. (not estrongen)
    "Humans will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple,
    or more direct than does Nature." ~Leonardo da Vinci



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    Thankyou, that was very interesting.
    "Humans will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple,
    or more direct than does Nature." ~Leonardo da Vinci



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    In the eighties I had the surgery done to my mule. I followed the vets post operative and rehab instructions carefully. There was never any problem She is now 30 and has been sound all this time. I evented her novice level. I imagine they have even better methods for the surgery now.



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