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  • Ski's Thread - UPDATE (p7) : Happy news

    I'm so, so sad
    Tonight, when I went to get Ski in his pasture, he was satnding on 3 legs.
    I called the vet and he confirmed what I thought : "there is big chances that he fractured his coffin bone".
    I cried for hours (I buy and sell horses, but this one is my baby I just love him too much).
    Usually, he is a goofball, but tonight he was pressing his head against my chest and he was looking at me with very sad eyes. I could feel that he was telling me "Mom, my foot hurt, please do something".
    He was in so much pain (he is usually a tough cookie) tonight that he was throwing himself on the ground.
    The sad part is that, I'm not allowed to give him to much bute, because the vet doesn't want him to put to much pressure on his foot. He is gonna be in pain for a while.

    Tomorrow, morning I have to call the vet, to get the results of the X-rays.
    The season is done for us after one show and I don't even know if he will ever be sound again.

    Life is not fair. I have had many horses in the last 10 years, but this one is really special. I love him so much, I was dreaming of going all the way to the top with him.

    I would be happy to hear some stories about "broken coffin bone".
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    #2
    I'm so, so sad
    Tonight, when I went to get Ski in his pasture, he was satnding on 3 legs.
    I called the vet and he confirmed what I thought : "there is big chances that he fractured his coffin bone".
    I cried for hours (I buy and sell horses, but this one is my baby I just love him too much).
    Usually, he is a goofball, but tonight he was pressing his head against my chest and he was looking at me with very sad eyes. I could feel that he was telling me "Mom, my foot hurt, please do something".
    He was in so much pain (he is usually a tough cookie) tonight that he was throwing himself on the ground.
    The sad part is that, I'm not allowed to give him to much bute, because the vet doesn't want him to put to much pressure on his foot. He is gonna be in pain for a while.

    Tomorrow, morning I have to call the vet, to get the results of the X-rays.
    The season is done for us after one show and I don't even know if he will ever be sound again.

    Life is not fair. I have had many horses in the last 10 years, but this one is really special. I love him so much, I was dreaming of going all the way to the top with him.

    I would be happy to hear some stories about "broken coffin bone".

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    • #3
      Medievalist broke the wing of his coffin bone off in a pasture accident. He was stuck in a stall with fancy shoeing for 6 months and came out sound and I was showing him in the 3'6" hunters 2 months later! (and then he promptly got an ulcer in his eye...but that's another story ) Get X-Rays and work from there

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      • #4
        BEFORE YOU COME MORE UNSTUCK

        You do not know he has broke anything. Many Many horses have abscess or other issues that make them that sore.

        It could be his coffin bone, it could be a navicular fracture and it could be a abscess.

        I hope all goes well with your vet but you need to stay calm.

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        • #5
          Hope you have good news.

          Star was non-weight bearing lame a few weeks ago. After a week of x-rays, blocking, and head-scratching it did turn out to be an abscess.

          I had a horse that broke off the extensor process of his coffin bone before I got him. He was sound when I bought him and remained sound (doing jumpers and eventing) for many years.
          The Evil Chem Prof

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          • #6
            I have my fingers crossed that Ski will get through this. He is such a cool horse - I can understand why you're so upset.
            Please keep us updated....
            -Molly

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            • #7
              I came home from the vet the other day & my mare was laying down groaning. No rolling or flank-biting, so ruled out colic, but when I got her up, she was on 3 legs. Long story short, she got kicked in the ankle - no broken bones, but abrasion & some cellulitis.

              Still, this is obviously VERY painful, so I'm w/earlier poster - wait for x-rays; c/b nothing's broken.

              Holding good thoughts!
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              • #8
                Sometimes life just isn't fair. I am so so sorry. I saw the pictures of Ski when you first looked at him and they had me drooling. He is quite the handsome guy. My friend's mare broke her coffin bone while she was away at the trainer's. Trainer wanted to put him down, my friend opted to bring her home and nurse her back herself. The recovery for her was slow, but she did end up sound again in the end. I will be jingling and praying that everything will be okay with him.

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                • #9
                  If it is the coffin bone, and you have a good farrier and vet working TOGETHER (very important and sometimes hard to find), I have seen many such cases come back 100%.

                  JenniferS
                  Third Charm Event Team

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                  • #10
                    A student had a mean-as-a-snake Shetland pony that broke his coffin bone.

                    Picture 10.2hand pinto Shetland dragging trainer(me), husband, farrier, AND vet all over the pasture as we tried to give him a "happy shot" to be able to put corrective shoe on.

                    Picture 10.2 hand pinto trying to bite me EVERY DAY for the 6months stall rest when I would unwrap and re-wrap legs.

                    Picture the happy day when he was 100% sound. By this time the little girl had outgrown him, and he was given to a tough-as-nails little cowboy to ride with his cowboy daddy.

                    God, the stories I could tell about that pony!

                    Anyway, he fully recovered to go on and terrorize several other children.

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                    • #11
                      i've seen more then 1 horse that's broken a coffin bone in one way, shape, from or another, and all but 1 have come back sound. the last had managed to break it twice, same leg, and was still rideable and could still jump 2'6" easily, no pain or additional damage. that being said, wait until the vet gets back to you. there's always a chance that ther is no break, but something else going on.
                      Different Times Equestrian Ventures at Hidden Spring Ranch
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                      • Original Poster

                        #12
                        Thanks for your support guys,

                        It is not an abscess (XRays confirmed it). I knew it was not an abscess, the symptoms were not pointing at an abscess.

                        So, I talked to the vet and so far, they don't think he broke the wing of the coffin bone, but they see something strange near the cartilage.
                        My vet is coming back this afternoon to take more X-Rays to try to find out what is going on with my horsey. He still thinks that something is broken somewhere in the foot.

                        He is still not putting any weight on it even with 4g of bute in his system And we're talking about horse who didn't go lame after hurting his ankles all the way to the bone (picture 2 huge holes bigger than a quarter all the way to the bone and a visible chip !).

                        I'll keep you updated.

                        "www.lechevalfrancais.com"

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                        • #13
                          MME,

                          I am so, so sorry. I know how much you love him. Hang in there...some abscesses do not show on x-rays. I'm jingling for you.

                          Nanc

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                          • #14
                            I think Jo Gelarden's (former horse) Montana Native (the paint/pinto) suffered a broken coffin bone to come back and compete at Rolex. It was quite serious and I beleive it was initialy considered career ending.

                            Sending positive thoughts your way...

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                            • #15
                              I've also heard that coffin bone fractures have good recovery rates.

                              Twice a few years ago my horse went dead lame in her front foot, no sensitivity to hoof testers anywhere, soaking for two weeks no abscess, then both times vet x-rayed thinking coffin bone fracture. Both times the bone was not fractured, and eventually the bruise or abscess became apparent, and horse was sound a couple weeks later.

                              I didn't know that you could actually see an abscess from an x-ray, unless maybe it has interfered with the bone? Interesting.

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                              • #16
                                mademoiselle,

                                I am so sorry. I really understand how you feel. It sucks! As others have said, there are still plenty of options so don't give up. I saw plenty of coffin bone fractures when I worked at the clinic and all I can tell you is that there can be a good outcome but you are going to have to hang in there and slog through this. Yes, the season is done, but there will be others and they will be great.

                                I finally had to come to grips last night with the fact the Shiver's season is done before it ever started. The knee he injured at Jackson 2 years ago developed a nasty fibrous growth that caused the skin to degrade and open up back in December. We could get everything to heal only to have the knee open up again. We have been fighting this ever since. Last night we decided surgery was the only way to get things going, which means he is done for the year. Right now he is in a HUGE splint to immobilize his right front leg and stuck in a stall for at least the next month.

                                madamoisell, hang in there, you are not alone! We are here for you.

                                Reed

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                                • #17
                                  I've also never had an abcess show up on an xray.....

                                  JenniferS
                                  Third Charm Event Team

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                                  • #18
                                    Marjory and Reed, so sorry to hear of these injuries! I had a scare with Gwen last year just after I'd bought her (in fact she wasn't even PAID for yet) and it was very depressing seeing the whole season possibly evaporate. BUT, she suprised me with a speedy recovery and I hope the same for Ski and Shiver.

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                                    • #19
                                      Since this is turning into a little of a cry thread...I'm taking Simon tomorrow to Rood & Riddle in Lexington for a soundness evaluation. He never settled back into work this spring and while he seems sound he is NOT happy.

                                      Reed so sorry about Shiver, how soon will you do surgery?

                                      mademmoiselle take it one day at a time. Until you have x-rays that say you do have a coffin bone issue try to stay positive!

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                                      • #20
                                        Hugs.

                                        Being the compulsive person that I am, when my horse went lame, I researched all sorts of possible causes. I looked at many articles on coffin bone fractures. A common theme in all the articles was that full recovery was possible!

                                        Best wishes.

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