Hello, I haven't been on this forum for a very long time but I still recognize some names. I am posting to see if anyone has experience with a situation we are going through and what their outcome was.
I have a big mini mare-almost 40 inches- that on the night of Father's Day dislocated her hip we believe by being cast in her stall. I have worked with a great team of vets on her case. Upon getting the xray confirming the dislocation the options were to put her down or try surgery.They have had some experience with this in smaller minis but none as big as my girl. Her odds for long term soundness were told to me to be 50/50. But this girl had too much life in her eyes and strength in her heart to not try the surgery.
Surgery was done on 6/26 removing the head of the femur. Recovery has been slow...She had a tremendous amount of swelling. Her stifle was also locked. After about 2 1/2 weeks of recovery in the hospital surgery was done to unlock her stifle by cutting the ligament. The surgery did not unlock it. I guess sometimes scar tissue keeps it seized up. SHe has a tiny bit of flexibility in it. They say she may work it more free over time.
We brought her home a week ago now and have a long road ahead of us. SHe is on stall rest.She gets hand walked/grazed for 5 min 2x a day. We will increase the length of time week by week. Her spirits are good. SOmetimes she uses the leg and sometimes she swings it and hops.
Anyone out there have any experience with this. We know she won't ever be able to work and are fine with her being a pasture pet. But I just want to know she will be pain free someday and able to be safely turned out.