Injured Horse Receives Prosthetic Leg

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Real Estate Agent with Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. RS297130

 

There is now hope for horses with leg injuries.  No longer do they need to be put down when they sustain a fatal leg injury.

 

Riley, 16 year old Quarter Horse from Fredonia, Arizona had lacerated her tendons.  Even with medical care, she was in severe pain.  Instead of euthanizing her, her left hind leg was amputated below the hock at a Sheridan, Wyoming animal clinic.

 

When she first entered the Sheridan, Wyoming animal clinic, she was in severe pain and barely able to walk.  The veterinarians tried to do the best they could to save her leg, but severe infections started to set in. 

 

Instead of putting her down, her left hind leg was amputated below the hock.  They then decided to try a prosthesis on her.  Riley was fitted with a prosthetic leg.  Her prosthetic limb was fitted same as a human's.   What normally would have been a fatal injury, she is now able to enjoy the green pastures at her home without pain.  She gets around quite well, now.

 

Veterinarians will now start to consider using a prosthetic limbs for horses in place of euthanasia.  The only requirement is that the horse's other legs must be healthy and the injury evaluated and checked for signs of serious infection that cannot be cured.

 

So, as you can see, there is now hope for horses with leg injuries.  No longer will they euthenize all horses that have broken legs.

 

 

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Brigita McKelvie is a REALTOR®  (Pennsylvania License #RS297130) with Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties, specializing in rural and horse properties and farms in Eastern Pennsylvania.  She has an e-Pro® (Certified Internet Expert) certification and a GRI (Graduate, REALTOR® Institute) designation.  

Brigita McKelvie, REALTOR

Pennsylvania License #RS297130

Rural and Horse Properties and Farms

 

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Alan Langstone
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Hi Brigita,

That's pretty cool.

Slightly off subject, but I saw a program on TV the other day about a girl who had lost her arm in a motorcycle accident.

She opted to take part in a study experiment for the next generation of prosthetic arms. This arm was connected to her motor nerves instead of being controlled my muscle movements. The difference being, if she thought about moving her arm, it moved. She could do a lot more than the old type prosthetic arms would allow.

Also they attached the sense nerves to her chest. If you touched her chest she could feel it as if you were touching her hand.

They think that they will be able to eventual make a prosthetic arm which senses texture and temperature.

Really Cool.

Sep 11, 2008 02:47 PM #1
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Brigita McKelvie
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
Rural & Horse Properties & Farms in Eastern PA

Wow, Alan!  That really is neat!  Technology has really come a long way. 

 

Sep 11, 2008 03:02 PM #2
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Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
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Brigita~ Wow! I had no idea they could do that! Sounds like we may have a Bionic Horse someday.  Just kidding.....  we have really advanced in so many ways, havent we? 

Sep 11, 2008 03:04 PM #3
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Alan Langstone
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Brigita, Thanks and sorry for hyjacking your post.

Vickie, Would a Bionic Horse be a car? Sorry just my sense of humor.

Sep 11, 2008 03:20 PM #4
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Debi Ernst
St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors - O'Fallon, MO
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Brigita -  That is really great!  I'm glad that there is a new solution for a horse with a bad leg injury.  Thanks for the information!  :)

Sep 11, 2008 03:36 PM #5
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Charles McDonald
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That is just amazing. I have to imagine that the leg is extremely strong material.

titanium?

just my guess...

Sep 11, 2008 05:05 PM #6
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Brigita McKelvie
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
Rural & Horse Properties & Farms in Eastern PA

Vickie:

Medical science has come a long way.

Sep 12, 2008 06:47 AM #7
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Brigita McKelvie
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Rural & Horse Properties & Farms in Eastern PA

Alan:

Happy to have someone with a sense of humor.  :-)

Sep 12, 2008 06:52 AM #8
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Debi:

I am just happy to hear that horses with certain leg injuries can be saved. 

Sep 12, 2008 06:55 AM #9
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Charles:

I believe you are right!  Good guess!

Sep 12, 2008 06:55 AM #10
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Linda Tremblay
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That is fabulous. There are many hourses have been put down due to leg injuries.  When I was younger, I used to think that the owners of race horses did it just because the horse could not race anymore.  Then I found out how it actually impacts a horse when their leg is broken.

Sep 12, 2008 07:07 AM #11
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Linda:

Hopefully down the line, medical science will come up with more solutions to mend horse injuries.

Sep 12, 2008 07:13 AM #12
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Perfect!!! What I can say is this article is very important to be written as it may help everybody to get awareness. Good job done.
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Brigita McKelvie
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It's good to know that modern medicine has advanced into the equine world to help the horses.

Brigita

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