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Originally Posted by BayHorseLuv Wow 14,000. Can the horse still rol, buck, and gallop around ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BayHorseLuv View Post
    Wow 14,000. Can the horse still rol, buck, and gallop around with a prostetic? The video wouldn't work for me.
    I can't view the video either so I don't know about that. However there was a mini that got a prosthetic (different from the one this horse has) and it could run around with the best of them if I remember the article correctly. Not sure about rolling or bucking though. This horse however they only mention that she can walk/trot.

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    I don't know if I could do that to my horse. If the injury is bad enough that the leg has to go/horse be put down, that's an awful lot of pain. All the weight bearing on the other side is risking laminitis and whatever else, you'd have to be so careful having a horse with one about the terrain it's on, the type of fences it's near... probably be the end of riding days... long recovery process...

    I just can't quite decide what I think. On one hand, to save my horse's life in such a situation would be incredible as I wouldn't have to say goodbye to my best friend.. but is it saving it for selfish reasons? The horse won't know you've saved it's life, and euthanasia puts it out of pain immediately..
    This would be my problem too. I would love to have the money to save my horse if I could because she is my best friend, but at what price would it be for her? They can't guarentee that their quality of life is going to be good. And then there's the long recovery process and in the end I think for most people it would just be better to put them down instead of risking the surgery not going well and having to put them down anyways.

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    Actually, that's a typical beginner prosthetic. It CAN come off - it's not permanently fastened to his leg because that would bring in additional problems of infection. But I'm sure it's made with titanium which is extremely strong. The article says that the horse trots on it so he can't be THAT uncomfortable!
    Without being able to see the horse move or not I can't really comment on how comfortable it is, but it did say they still used her for riding, just walking though I think.
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    Yeah, someone said it was probably titanium, which I would think is correct. I have 12 screws and 2 rods in my back, for about $10,000, not including the surgery (or cost to put together the leg) which obviously involves a ton of special engineering. Sheesh... that is alot for a horse, I think I would just like my horse to live with wings up in heaven (or wherever you believe)
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    This is the third horse I've heard about with a prosthetic leg. Apparently, horse prosthetic legs must be really well-made, all the horses can walk/trot/gallop/buck just fine with them on, they're like a normal leg but probably take some getting used to as they don't bend and flex like a real leg.
    My opinion is, if we can wear 'em, why can't they? If it's not going to hurt them, if they adapt to a prosthetic, and if you love your horse enough, give them a second chance at life. Though that's really expensive for a prosthetic, I'd fundraise for my horse if he needed one. I'm not going to let my best friend go if I can continue to give him a good quality of life. I wouldn't put my human bestfriend down, if she lost a leg
    Just gotta watch out though, who knows how much it'd hurt to get kicked by a prosthetic?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueRoan View Post
    This is the third horse I've heard about with a prosthetic leg. Apparently, horse prosthetic legs must be really well-made, all the horses can walk/trot/gallop/buck just fine with them on, they're like a normal leg but probably take some getting used to as they don't bend and flex like a real leg.
    My opinion is, if we can wear 'em, why can't they? If it's not going to hurt them, if they adapt to a prosthetic, and if you love your horse enough, give them a second chance at life. Though that's really expensive for a prosthetic, I'd fundraise for my horse if he needed one. I'm not going to let my best friend go if I can continue to give him a good quality of life. I wouldn't put my human bestfriend down, if she lost a leg
    Just gotta watch out though, who knows how much it'd hurt to get kicked by a prosthetic?
    If they could guarentee my horse would have a good quality life with the prosthetic I would do it in a heart beat, but since they can't confirm it and it's an awful lot of money to spend only to have the chance of it not working I think in some cases it would just be kinder to put them to sleep.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueRoan View Post
    My opinion is, if we can wear 'em, why can't they? If it's not going to hurt them, if they adapt to a prosthetic, and if you love your horse enough, give them a second chance at life.
    Because, as humans, we have the ability to tell our doctor that we're hurting and we understand our limitations. Horses do not. It's not uncommon for horses to reinjure themselves coming back from an injury... especially when they're already buted up. It's not like they take the limb off, replace it, and the animal is good to go. There's a lot to the process and I'm pretty positive it's a painful one. Food for thought, if the proceedure was such a great idea, I'd put money down that they would have tried it on Barbaro.

    It's because I love my horses so much that I would choose to send them across the rainbow bridge instead of putting them through a very painful process that may or may not save the horse's life.
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    thats great that they helped this horse! he's so cute, i think it's great that they did this!

    i have also seen someone do this for their cow and shetland pony!

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