Buddy's vet assessment

This teenaged bay Arabian gelding is in rehabilitation. Watch his progress as he goes through eye surgery, gains weight and returns to his original beauty!

Buddy's vet assessment

Postby Juliane on Fri Feb 02, 2007 2:00 pm

Dr. Deward came out this morning to remove Sydney's staples from her old puncture wound injury. While he was out, I asked him to take an 'unofficial' look at Buddy.

His first thoughts, as he stood there shaking his head back and forth, were that Buddy would likely not be rideable. He believes that Buddy does have ringbone and arthritis in his hind leg. He also feels that there is a certain amount of suspensory ligament degeneration going on as well. And, to make matters even worse, by looking at the poor condition of Buddy's hooves, he felt that Buddy had at one time had laminitis. Buddy has stress rings in his hooves and his soles on his front hooves are 'down and prolapsed'.

After hearing all of this, I was starting to feel dismayed. If Buddy is not serviceably sound, what are the chances for a successful placement in a forever home? When Dr. Deward palpated Buddy's lower left hind pastern, he felt that there was lack of movement, pointing to the fact that it may have fused. So, he suggested we do a flexion test. He was surprised to see that Buddy trotted off fairly sound. After I walked him back and forth a few times, Dr. Deward re-examined him and decided that it was very likely that Buddy had quite a few years of being serviceably sound for light duty (walk/trot/trails).

We talked about his upcoming enucleation appointment and what I can do for Buddy's eye in the meantime. Dr. Deward didn't think it would benefit Buddy for me to be cleaning it or messing with it. However, he did give me a tube of Banamine, suggesting I give him a dose daily up until his surgery. He also suggested I start him on SMZ's so that he would have the antibiotics in his system when he had his surgery.

Due to his past history of possible laminitis, he suggested I change his feed. I have been giving Buddy quite a bit of Equine Senior in order for him to gain weight. Now I will quit giving him Senior and instead start feeding him strictly SafeChoice. Per the recommendation of Dr. Deward, I will start him on Rice Bran and Vegetable Oil to help him gain weight.

I also asked Dr. Deward about Buddy's current physical condition. I feel that it is important to know about Buddy's training level. I have heard that he is well broke, but if he is not and is actually unsafe under saddle, how do you decide how much to spend to fix Buddy? For example, if Buddy is unsound and not safe under saddle, do we spend a ton of money for a half blind pasture pet that will be difficult at best to place? After seeing Buddy prance back and forth, Dr. Deward felt he would be fine to be evaluated under saddle before his eye surgery.

So, I may hop on Buddy tomorrow and see what he knows. Wish us luck! Here's some pics from today - thanks to Becky for being my personal photographer!

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Postby ptownevt on Fri Feb 02, 2007 4:14 pm

Don't underestimate Buddy. Those little Arabs can be like Energizer bunnies, going and going and going. And the blind in one eye is no big deal.
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Postby tontonsmom on Fri Feb 02, 2007 5:26 pm

everytime I think about those horrifying pictures of his eye I just cry. This poor guy. Thank you for loving him julianne.
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Postby cat_67 on Fri Feb 02, 2007 7:02 pm

I have a 28 year old with arthritis and crappy feet (that we are doing everything in our power to manage). She trots sound. Some horses are just plain tough and will hold up far past what they should hold up for. I will be crossing my fingers that Buddy can be rehabilitated and find a good home after all that he has been through. Thank you for helping him.
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Postby ptownevt on Sun Jun 17, 2007 6:51 am

It's really hard to read this and put it together with the Buddy of today, going off to this new home all shiney and bright.

I remember before Julianne took him in the months of conversation on other boards about putting him to sleep and how old and sad he looked. Good job, Julianne and everyone else who had a hand in bringing Buddy back quite literally from the brink of death as he faced euthanasia because it was had to imagine he could ever be healthy and sound again.

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