A vet's opinion

This striking 12 year old paint gelding was a bucking stock stallion for all of his life until a couple of days ago. He is now on the road to recovery and trust as he learns that not all humans are bad!

A vet's opinion

Postby Juliane on Wed Aug 23, 2006 1:15 pm

Dr. Dana Bridges, a local vet in Monroe, WA, came out yesterday to do vet checks on B, Baby and Sydney. While she was here, I wanted to see what she thought of Ace's uneven hips.

Of course, all the horses knew a vet was here and weren't in any mood to be caught, no matter how much cajoling I did! Dr. Bridges and I got as close to Ace as we could, which was about 15 feet, where she could see the dramatic difference between Ace's hips.

She was able to see him move out in the pasture, as he hauled butt, bucking, snorting and twisting from one end to the other, and was amazed at his athleticism.

Her first thought is that he likely broke his pelvis at one point, and it healed on it's own!? Wow! She couldn't tell me if he was in pain or not, though he sure doesn't act like he is. She's also a licensed chiropractor and would like to see if she can do any adjustments.

As she went off to start her vet check on Baby, I spent the time trying to catch Ace. It took about 15 minutes before I could get up to him and put his halter on. I was glad he let me as he was pretty excited from running around! :P

I led him out and we waited until Baby's vet check was done, then Dana came over to see Ace. She was able to feel his back and hips, but not yet able to do any adjustments. I need to work on desensitizing him to having people above and behind him. ROFL This is gonna be fun! :P

In any case, she felt he could likely be a riding horse, physically anyways!

So - an interesting tidbit. :) I sure wish I knew more about his history. Or maybe I don't.
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Postby cat_67 on Wed Aug 23, 2006 6:29 pm

Could have gotten hurt being bucked, and then just retired to stud after that...too bad there's no way to know exactly. But he certainly seems sound and I'm glad to hear the vet agreed he could be rideable!
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Postby seahorse on Fri Aug 25, 2006 7:04 am

If I recall the FO said when we were at the lot that he got injured after he was through bucking and was breeding. We had a rescue mare in that had a broken pelvis(that people were still trying to pasture breed <sigh>) and the treatment was strict confinement and even with that she did not make it. So the fact that this guy not only made it but did so without confinment and people bring food and water to him says an awful lot about his will to not just live but thrive!!
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Postby Nickie on Fri Aug 25, 2006 10:07 am

I remember that story too, but I was thinking that he was retired to stud due to the injury. Once he healed and bred some mares, the FLO tried to buck him again but it didn't take. At least that is what I remember hearing. Don't quote me though. :wink:
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Postby cat_67 on Fri Aug 25, 2006 2:03 pm

They tried to buck him again knowing he had previously broken his pelvis???

OK, I really have no words for that.
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Postby kabri on Fri Aug 25, 2006 6:01 pm

Did the vet say anything about the swelling he had from being gelded? Or has that improved? Poor guy, he's so amazing that after the kind of life he's had and the pain he must have endured that he let's Juliane work with him so much!!!!
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