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Jingles please for our "Maestro"

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  • Jingles please for our "Maestro"

    This has certainly been the year from hell. Will be one of our last, sooner than planned.

    We had a super Friday. Took two Don Principe offspring as well as our Quaterback filly and her dam to Dressage at Lexington. All 4 won their classes and between them, six Championships including: Foal, Colt, Young, Mare, MAture,and Grand, High Score of the Show- 81.4%, Highest Placing Hanoverian, and High Score BITUSA.

    Came home yesterday afternoon and all appeared on the surface to be fine.
    Went out to get a late lunch, see a movie. Came home and noticed one of the foals was not playing around as usual( but it was 97 so we thought just heat). Then he tried to move and our world caved--he could not put down his left hind.

    Upon visual inspection, it appeared to be a broken pastern. Called out the vet and digital film was taken. A small portion of the pedal bone has been broken off, but that is minor compared to the rest- certainly a superficial flexor has been torn severly and there is a great likelyhood of the deep flexor as well being torn beyond repair. Not to mention that the joint itself is dislocated.

    Our two choices- put "Maestro"to sleep or try to cast and do ultrasound at 14 days to determine the extent of damage. (There is too much of a hematoma to do that now). If you know me at all- I don't give up and every horse deserves a chance.

    So Maestro was bandaged and we shipped to the clinic. He was lightly sedated and casted. He was super through all of this- walked as best he could and loaded into the trailer with no fuss. Got off in the dark, walked into the clinic, a strange place, and stood as well as he was able for the cast( It was critical that he remain as still as possible for the joint to be lined up properly and to have someone hold his hock and leg far out to the side for this to happen--if you have ever had a dislocation, you know how painful putting it back is!)

    Poor Maestro and his dam have had a very rough time of it from the start. We almost lost Fuerst Dancer, his dam, at 48 hours post foaling. Dancer had no milk due to her illness for almost 2 weeks, and Maestro ate milk replacer and creep feed, surviving and becoming everyone's favorite, including all the other mares and all visitors to the farm. Due to her infection, Maestro may be Dancer's only foal due to uterine scaring. They now face a minimum of 2 weeks in the clinic with a poor outcome even in the best of circumstances. Vet estimates if ultrasound is favorable, a possible 50% chance for soundness.

    Maestro is one of the three best Don Principe colts ever. He was an obvious stallion prospect and Grand Prix talent. That is all gone now. Now I just hope he has a life free of pain and will be at least sound enough for me to trail ride.
    We have no idea how this happened, but he also appears to have a swelling on his rib cage. We speculate he was kicked by one of the other mares, which would be so abnormal for any of them that we are shocked.

    If anyone has any information or experience with this type of injury, Even negative ones, please either post or email me. We have to make a decision everyday about his future as this progresses. With all the losses this year, the money does not exsist to take this further if there is no chance for a reasonable outcome.

    Thanks all.

    If you wish to see some photos of Maestro-- here is a link to some that are on my facebook page taken by Sharon Packer and Pat Girard. He is the one with the star and snip and 4 socks

    Maryanna Haymon- Marydell Farm - Home to Don Principe & Doctor Wendell MF
    2012 USDF Champion Breeder! 2007, 2011 USEF Champ Breeder
    2009,2010,2011 USDF Res Breeder of the Year!

  • #2
    Sending huge jingles from Ontario, Marydell, for Maestro's complete recovery.

    I have only one similar story to tell. Similar to you, foal came in from pasture not able to bear weight on one hind leg.
    We have no idea what happened.

    We shipped him immediately to our large veterinary teaching hospital in Guelph and he had a fracture - unlike anything they had seen they said.

    He was operated on and small screws inserted. What followed were weeks of stall rest, meds to combat infection, and support bandages.

    He went on to be completely sound, a winning racehorse, and is now a winning event horse.

    This early in their life their bones heal so readily, I hope and pray that your Maestro has the same good luck.
    A Fine Romance. April 1991 - June 2016. Loved forever.


    • #3
      So sorry to hear of your terrble news. I send prayers that all will be repaired and back to a normal healty foal in no time.
      Hugs to you!
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      • #4
        Fingers crossed that your little guy stabilizes and stays on the road to recovery!!!
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        • #5
          Jingles for your Maestro!

          I only have the results of a similar injury, not firsthand experience of the acute phase. My Veneziano mare had a fracture/dislocation of her LH fetlock a few years before I bought her. She was full grown at the time - hopefully foals heal differently. She also was found in the paddock 3-legged, mechanism unknown.

          After extensive treatment and hopes, her former owner reluctantly concluded that her riding and performance careers are over. Her ankle is the size of a lopsided grapefruit and is not quite steady when picked up to clean the hoof. However, she shows no sign of pain at all with handling or manipulation of it - opinion of multiple vets, including former owner's and mine - and is basically pasture sound on it. She can't throw up her tail and gallop like a bat outta hell with the others, but she's a thinker anyway (I call her my equine Spock) and was even before the injury. She has a nearly normal walk, a bit off but getting somewhere trot, and she can get down, up, roll, etc. They tried riding her (I have not), and she goes instantly lame under a rider - and she is a stoic soul who always loved to work. I bought her as a broodmare prospect to try to tap the genetic goldmine, but if she ever starts showing that it is bothering her and can't be managed, she's done. Of all my horses, she is the one I think I'd most enjoy riding if I could. I hope for a filly from her to take out and show instead.

          Good luck with him!


          • #6
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            • #7
              Sending prayers and jingles to your boy.
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              • #8
                Oh Maryanna, how terrible. I hope all goes the very best. As Fred said, treated injuries in younger foals sometimes do remarkably well.
                Talk about highs and lows! Congrats on your fabulous show weekend, and jingles for Maestro and you.
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                • #9
                  oh how dreadful. I am so sorry. Jingles for Maestro and his dam.
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                  • #10
                    So sorry about your foal. That is hearbreaking. Could he have twisted it in a fall, with the additional rib damage? A badly twisted pastern can be broken and dislocated too. Sending healing thoughts to you and your baby.


                    • #11
                      Oh I am sorry for all of you, Sorry for baby and sorry that you didn't have longer to enjoy your great success.
                      My two year old broke his pelvis, went on to be ridden for many years.


                      • #12
                        What a roller coaster! Congratulations on your fantastic results, it's a big compliment to the quality of your breeding programme. And (((((hugs)))))) for Maestro's injury. He's a beautiful colt. Sending loads of jingles for a full and fast recovery.


                        • #13
                          Oh no, Maryanna. I am so sorry. Sending massive jingles for little Maestro.


                          • #14
                            I am so sorry Maryanna We put so much emotional energy into these foals it is just heartbreaking when something happens to one of them.... They do have an amazing ability to heal though and I have seen several recover from terrible injuries that did not seem possible. So all the best wishes to your little guy!

                            On a side note I had not checked in with you in quite a while, Huge congrats on the show results-- that is awesome, and please give Prince and CKD a hug from me too!
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                            • #15
                              I am so sorry. Many jingles that little Maestro recovers completely!
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                              • #16
                                Sending jingles from Virginia. It truly has been an awful year for many. I have never seen people have as much trouble in this area with mares and foals. Our own year here, while the ending was a good one, has been a rollercoaster ride.


                                • #17
                                  Oh no, I'm so sorry to hear about Maestro. Some horses just have it so tough. It's every horseman's worst nightmare to come home to something like this. Sending best wishes his and your way...


                                  • #18
                                    Jingling for Maestro and for you. Babies are so fragile things like this can happen in the blink of an eye. But they are also very resilient. I am glad you are giving him a chance to prove that.
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                                    • #19
                                      Hugs and jingles!

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                                      • #20
                                        Lots of jingles coming from Canada!