*Warning Graphic Images* Severed Artery

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  • mystic5390 Original Poster
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    Back in February my 16 year old mare got her front left foot caught in barb wire. She severed the artery so the vet had to come out and stitch it back up. Obviously its healed now, we didn’t have any issues during the healing process thankfully. Now I’m wondering if that injury could be causing her mobility issues. When she gets up from laying down she is very stiff, now she’s not young so I know it could be arthritis but I can’t help but wonder if it has anything to do with that injury. I’ve also noticed sometimes she will stumble when we are riding. It did leave a scar, you can see a more recent photo of it in the last photo.

    pheets pheets
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    Internal scar tissue, as in lesions (fibrous, stringy cords of scar tissue between muscle and deeper layers of skin and/or other structurals) from healing from inside, can interfere with range of motion depending on how extensive they are and how involved the surrounding tissues might be. This might present in stiffness, since the range of motion could be interrupted. Stumbling could also be a result of internal lesions.

    Probably wouldn’t hurt to have a chat with your vet?

    Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.

    mystic5390 Original Poster
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    Honestly our vets are the greatest around here. We had several follow up visit’s during the healing process and he wasn’t very informative nor did he explain anything as we went. I had to poke and prod asking questions to get information about what to expect. He allowed me to start light riding after the injury was a little over a month old. But didn’t indicate if we would have any future issues due to the injury.

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    Get another vet, and another and another, until you have one who will address your concerns. There are probably things you can do to help her, but first you do need to know for certain exactly what the problem is.

    It is never the horse's fault

    pheets pheets
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    Agree completely. In the meantime, Vitamin E, pure, and massage can help release some of the lesions. Massage priour to every work/ride.

    Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.

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