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Moral support needed - horse going in for surgery, and I am NERVOUS!!

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  • Moral support needed - horse going in for surgery, and I am NERVOUS!!

    My horse, my best friend, the equine love of my life is going in for surgery in a couple weeks for a small hole in his deep flexor tendon. He's been a wonderful partner and had a fantastic eventing career. I realize that he may never be rideable again after this, but really, I just want him to be happy and comfortable. He's 21, so I'm not horribly sad about this prognosis since I'm expecting to get a younger competition horse next year anyway.

    WHAT TERRIFIES ME is the surgery itself. I keep having flashbacks to my childhood when a friend's pony never woke up from the anesthesia. On top of that, I'm completely worried about risk of injury in the recovery stall. My horse is a high-strung TB - I'm worried he's going to freak himself out and do some damage.

    I'm not a newbie to surgery. I've put previous horses under before, but this is different because this is the horse that has been with me through everything. We've been partners for the past 14 years, and I just keep asking myself if I'm doing the right thing. If he doesn't have the surgery, his injury will worsen, so I feel like I need to do this.

    Any thoughts, words of wisdom, personal experiences, moral support?!

  • #2
    Jingles for a smooth surgery and swift recovery. If it helps you at all, I had a very hot mare do just fine with a surgery. I even got to watch her wake up. Everything was calm and smooth.


    • #3
      Just JINGLES!
      Awhile back, I was thinking about the surgery road and all it entails, anesthesia, recovery, etc. And Vet said. "he won't die on the table." Anesthesia has come a long way. I think if your guy is healthy, no underlying problems, he'll do just fine. Voice your concerns, loudly, about his personality and the recovery stall. Everyone will be on their toes.

      You two have been through many years of partnership. He's only twenty-one. His condition will worsen without surgery. I think you owe it to him, just my opinion.

      More Jingles.
      Keep us posted.


      • #4
        I'm completely worried about risk of injury in the recovery stall. My horse is a high-strung TB - I'm worried he's going to freak himself out and do some damage.
        Talk to your vet about this & the rest of your fears, it will help having your vet (clinic) take you through this (again )

        Horsie will be fine!
        you may want some anti-anxiety meds for the next couple of weeks


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          Originally posted by alto View Post
          Talk to your vet about this & the rest of your fears, it will help having your vet (clinic) take you through this (again )

          Horsie will be fine!
          you may want some anti-anxiety meds for the next couple of weeks
          HAHA - what a good idea!! Perhaps I'll go see my doc.

          I should have mentioned that I have already voiced my concerns with the surgeon - so many times, in fact, that he probably thinks I'm a crazy person. Thanks to all of you for your responses. It's comforting to hear your stories!


          • #6
            BTDT Jingles headed your way from me and my pony. Bet he comes through as good as mine did last fall's colic surgery.
            "Radar, the man's ex-cavalry: if he sees four flies having a meeting, he knows they're talking about a horse!" Cptn. BJ Hunnicutt, M*A*S*H Season 4, Episode "Dear Mildred"


            • #7
              Jingles from N.C. Wishing for a swift recovery!!!


              • #8
                Oh.. I feel your pain! I'm freakin out right there with yah!

                And.. I'm a vet... so I have talked owners down about their dogs and cats going under anesthesia.. I know it's come a long way.. I know it's safe.. yet I'm FREAKING OUT about my wonderful loving amazing fantastic horse going under... And he's not even scheduled for surgery yet.. it's just a possibility.

                BUT... everyone is right.... think of how many horses undergo anesthesia without any complications. They're trained for this... But I'll add my jingles and prayers just in case


                • #9
                  I had colic surgery done on my (then) 28 year old and he did great. He even returned to light work until he started losing his sight at age 33. The doctors will not put your horse under if they're concerned about his health and/or recovery. Take a deep breath and be sure to keep us posted!
                  Originally posted by EquineImagined
                  My subconscious is a wretched insufferable beotch.


                  • #10
                    I was allowed to view the surgery, so could say soothing things to my TB when he groaned And he did cut his eye on getting up, so they put what looked like a footbal helmet on him until he stabilized getting up. But he was fine.