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Dislocated hip/Locked Stifle

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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.

 

Thanks,

Angie

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I've never experienced it either......all I can ask is if you've considered consulting a chiropractor?

 

Best wishes. I know it's probably going to be a slow healing process.

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Thank you for the good thoughts. I am not opposed to trying a chiropractor in the future. I don't think we are at that stage yet. As much as I worry about the rest of her body being able to compensate for this injury because she is a big mini, I am encouraged by her spunk and heart. She is a fighter, and wants to be back to normal.

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This may or may not help but I had a QH with a stifle problem after a fall, this was oh heck almost 30 years ago, Vet at Cornell in PA wanted him exercised at a trot up and down hills, well I had a small one it must have worked as it went back in place after about 30 days he to this day has no problem with it, You might ask Your vet if small hills will help it and when can she start on hills at a walk.

Just a thought.

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I really think "Time" is going to be the telling tale for her. With it being a month now since she had surgery and due to a lack of movement in that time , there will no doubt be quite a lot of muscle wastage. Overtime these will rebuild again and Hopefully ( fingers crossed) they will offer her the support she needs to increase her mobility.

 

One thing that may help when she has recovered a little more might be an Equine massage therapist , one that works in gentle stretching .

 

Wishing you every success with her recovery she sounds pretty special :)

 

Ryan :)

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My gelding has a stifle issue sometimes, due to an injury. I was shown an exercise for him. I support his hind hoof with the flat of my hand and raise the leg up to the belly. At first, he can't raise the leg all the way up, but as the stifle heals he can lift it farther. Now I do it to him frequently, as it is supposed to strengthen the muscles that support the tendon. It's hard when they are on stall rest to keep their muscles from atrophying. This is a low impact exercise that has seemed to help my boy. I just lift the hoof three or four times each time.

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I think an ordinary stifle problem and the exercises that help it is a different case scenario than a horse that has just recent had major hip surgery. An exercise that might help the stifle may very well be painful and/or harmful to the hip. I would consult with the vet before doing exercises at this point.

 

I know of a few minis that dislocated a hip and did not have surgery and eventually developed a false joint--they were comfortable though not entirely sound afterward. My gelding had to be put down--he got down in the corral and couldn't get up--so we had no option.

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Thanks for the ideas and well wishes. My vet comes on Thursday to take out stitches and see how she is doing. I am looking forward to that visit.

 

For now we keep plugging along, trying to keep our spirits up....mostly mine since I am a worrier.

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She is lucky to have you as an owner. Wishing both you and her good news on Thursday.

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