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Pelvic Fracture: need jingles and ideas

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  • Pelvic Fracture: need jingles and ideas

    My 22 year old QH fractured his pelvis three days ago after my big horse chased him in the ice/snow. He slipped down a small incline and went down hard on his right side. He's been completely non-weight bearing for three days now on the R hind leg, and is really well sedated, on pain meds, and the vet is pptimistic. I'm considering trying a sling with him as I'm really worried about supporting limb laminitis, and I can't even pick the leg up off the ground to pick out his foot, put any sort of boot on, nothing. He's wearing a Back on Track sheet as well as leg wraps behind, and I have him on Siliforce for bone healing. Am I missing anything? He's my primary riding horse and a real gentleman, and I don't want to lose him.
    Somewhere in the world, Jason Miraz is Goodling himself and wondering why "the chronicle of the horse" is a top hit. CaitlinAndTheBay

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    It sounds like you are doing everything right to me. I believe the key is keeping him quiet which you are already doing. Mega jingles from my irreplaceable old man to yours.
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    • #3
      Candle, I am so sorry about your boy. My vet had thought my horse had a pelvic fracture last Monday and after the 'walking rectal" said no fracture. How was the fracture diagnosed for your guy, if you don't mind my asking ?

      Again, I know how stressfull this time is, my horse is doing better but it was a tough sight to see when I found him Sunday afternoon.


      • #4
        I had a welsh cob who fractured his pelvis and was non weight bearing for THREE MONTHS. Three days after the three month mark (which was the vet's time table for "we put him down if he doesn't put it down in three months") he put the hind toe on the floor. Three days after that the hoof was weight bearing. He is now sound and a pleasure horse. Hang in there!


        • #5
          One of mine was a pelvic fracture suspect until they were able to rule it out (via in-clinic radiographs and a bone scan). He was non weight bearing for 1.5 months.

          IMO, if you're thinking of slinging him (and I fully support that and think it's in his best interests), I would strongly suggest bringing him to a hospital if you can afford it. Mine was in a sling for the entire 1.5 months and he had someone outside his stall 24 hours a day to let him up/down as necessary, and to be there in case of an emergency. He was a star and tolerated it like a champ, but often kept vet students busy asking to be lifted up/down every 15 minutes (he learned to jingle the harness) so he could stand or hang as he preferred. I would never sling a horse at home, now knowing what is involved for safety.


          • #6
            My 22 year old gelding fractured his pelvis several years ago. Feel free to contact me if you want any support, I've sure been there. Prognosis depends on location and displacement of fracture. My horse had a slightly displaced fracture clean through the ileum (bone between SI and hip joint), so a 'good' spot.

            My horse could not be transported, so I got an ultrasound specialist vet out who knows pelvis structure well. This was so helpful, and all the imaging ever done with my guy. Cost effective too. She did both rectal and external ultrasound to figure out the fracture. Talk to your vet about who can do this for you. IMO, getting a really solid idea of where the injury is helps you make a decision about whether and how to proceed.

            Having had a similar experience, where we could not lift the good foot to get support on it, I bedded the stall in material that would provide good sole support for all feet. I used sawdust for good grip and support. You could try fine flake shavings, sand, etc. Also kept the supporting limbs wrapped. I too fed silica.

            Usually the high is high lined (tied in the stall) for quite a long period, so he can't lay down and displace the fracture with the stress of getting down/up.

            It was a rough nearly 12 month layup but he healed and eventually became sound and went gradually into turnout, then went back to work and I rode him for a wonderful year after that. He even did Pony Club with my kids.

            Hugs to you. One solace I had is that bone injuries, once they heal up the repair is very strong, not like healed soft tissue injuries where you live the rest of your life wondering if it will break again. Go and look at a pelvis model and try to get the best understanding you can of its structure and where the fracture(s) are. I found this valuable as the months went by and we had our repeated ultrasounds.


            • #7
              Where specifically is the fracture located? Makes a difference.


              • #8
                I had a weanling that we thought had fractured her pelvis several years ago.......the vets were optomistic saying that was the best.....however 6 months in a stall!....ugh . She was three legged to start with, but got around quite well after that............good luck!
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                • #9
                  I am so very sorry this has happened to your horse. I have no experience. But have had a horrible compound fracture myself. I know there is gonna be some pain, and rehab.

                  Jingles, and prayers for both of your hurt horse.

                  BAD big horse, BAD big horse.


                  • Original Poster

                    I know!!!! BAD big horse!!!!!!!!! He's not trying to lie down, so I'm not high tying at this time. I'm nervous about slinging him, wouldn't that be more risky for possibly displacing it? I think if he starts looking miserable and loses his pep, I'll take him over to the hospital and have them sling him. He's looking happier than he was a few days ago, so I think the pain and ulcer meds are starting to work. I'll have to look at our sheet and see exactly where it's broken. The vet palpated internally and externally and watched the way he was standing and hopping. She had a portable X-ray machine but said she'd seen this exact clinical presentation in racehorses quite a few times, and she's really good. She thinks he'll come back riding sound. I feel so badly for him, I've had horses here for 10 years and nobody has ever gotten hurt in that place in the barn. On a funnier note, my Appaloosa ( the perpetrator) was found sleeping in the manure pile yesterday, I figure he knows he's on my sh!t list Please keep jingling, this old man is worth his smallish weight in gold to me.
                    Somewhere in the world, Jason Miraz is Goodling himself and wondering why "the chronicle of the horse" is a top hit. CaitlinAndTheBay


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                          One of the therpy horses broke their pelvis several years ago. Vet had us use bales of grass hay to make his stall into a standing stall size, the benefit being that he could nibble as desired, and lean on them to balance if needed, but couldn't lie down. He stayed in the stall for about 7 weeks if I remember correctly. But he completely recovered (was just doing w/t therapy rides).
                          He was non weight bearing for quite a while.


                          • #14
                            Had a friends mare break her pelvis starting out of a roping chute. She was non weight bearing , took a lot of drugs and over and hour to even get her back to her stall that night. She returned to full use in a little over a year.
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