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tracy6983

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tracy6983 says:

Ruptured peroneous tertius ligament

 3 weeks ago while lunging in the indoor arena my 7 yr old TB slipped while transitioning to canter, his back leg went behind him and he twisted over onto it.

I called the vet in to give him a quick look over and he delivered the devastating news that he had snapped his peroneous tertius ligament and his riding career and ability to move like a normal horse was over. 
The following day I got a second opinion. The diagnosis was correct as was the info that no vetinery or surgical intervention could 'fix' the ligament it was totally defunct. He didn't give me false hope but as he is young and fit he was loath to write him off. Basically it comes down to box rest, physio and how well he adapts to using the leg himself. 
He is having physio once a week so 2 sessions down and the vet was back last Wed to reassess him. He said he can feel a slight resistance in the leg when he lifts it now which is good. I expect to know within 3 months how it's looking. All being well I should be back riding him in 6 months and (fingers crossed) back to competing in 10 to 12. If he can't jump again then the range of movement in the leg should mean he can at least be a good hacking horse. The physio was pleased with him even after the 2nd visit, no swelling or lumps or bumps in the leg at all.

I have googled and read just about everything I can find so i wouTld love to hear any information/stories anyone can share.
Tracy

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tracy6983

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Re: Ruptured peroneous tertius ligament

 Vet visit today was very positive :) notable inprovement in the 2 weeks since he last saw him. He is pivoting on the leg when he turns so he is confident to place weight and use the leg. He is still confined to barracks, vet back again on the 3rd September. Happy to take any improvement no matter how small :) 

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rhapsody

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rhapsody says:

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That's good, it will be a long process I think, but the signs seem good.

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tracy6983

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Re: Ruptured peroneous tertius ligament

 Well good news from the vet yesterday, phase one box rest completed!! :)  He was amazed at how well he has done in such a short space of time. The weekly physio, the daily (boring) dedication to doing his stretches and massage, Flynn's own personality and my unshakeable belief that he will come good have all got us to this point. His hip movement is totally level, and he is carrying and using the leg correctly and with confidence :)

So today he is allowed out on restricted turnout (under mild sedation for 3 days I might add) and hope he doesn't go mental and undo all the good work. 2 hours a day this week then half a day next. Yeehaa......so glad he can start getting out for a while. He's been so good but after walking him out for the vet yesterday the mini rear and excited buck proved as far as he is concerned he's fighting fit and ready to go!!!! Really chuffed :D 

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tracy6983

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Re: Ruptured peroneous tertius ligament

 If anyone is interested I have kept a video diary. I have uploaded 4 videos to YouTube one taken at 1 week post injury, 21/2 weeks, 41/2 weeks and 71/2 weeks. I will upload another at the weekend with him moving freely in the paddock :) 

Just search my username tracy6983 on YouTube (you may need to put a put a space between tracy and 6983) sorry I don't know how to share the links :/

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Micki

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Micki says:

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Just watched the videos. He has improved loads. Well done on getting him btter, hope you get to ride him soon.

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tracy6983

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tracy6983 says:

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10 weeks post injury and 5th time in the paddock :)

 

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tracy6983

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Re: Ruptured peroneous tertius ligament

 Well another successful vet visit to Flynn, walking and trotting up well. We've got to carry on with the turnout for another month and as long as nothing untoward happens in that time I should be able to start work under saddle after the next visit!!! Happy days :) the vet is amazed at his progress and just wants him to take another month to find his way and build the strength in the leg. The physio is here again today and she will basically carry on until she feels she can't do anymore for him. That has done wonders in aiding his recovery. So onwards and upwards and let's hope he has a good month :) 

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tracy6983

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tracy6983 says:

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He went out into a slightly bigger paddock today however he was on his own and decided he didn't like it so JUMPED the 5 bar gate and took himself back to his stable!! Fortunately no damage done, the physio was due to give him his weekly session and has checked him over. He's gonna give me a heart attack!! So we will have to turn him out with a nice quie sYychool pony and hope that will appease him! On the plus side it's nice knowing he hasn't lost the will or the ability to jump even if its NOT the thing to do at this moment in time!! Lol

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tracy6983

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 Well another step forward!! Been given the thumbs up by the vet this morning to start work under saddle which is 15 mins a day in 'active' walk walk working up to 30 mins by the end of a week. The vet is back in 2 weeks and should be able to start introducing some trot work!!! Been 151/2 weeks since the accident so his progress has been amazing!! Love this horse :)

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tracy6983

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 Well I survived my maiden voyage! Lol, Flynn was a bit 'fresh' tried napping to the arena gate a few times, obviously retirement mode is more appealing! I dug my heels in and pushed him away so we had a couple of mini bucks. More 'huffy' than threatening just wanted his own way. Haha but I let Claire The flatwork queen get on him and he was doing perfect leg yielding, rein back etc. he's tracking through evenly with both legs you honestly wouldn't know he just needs to get his head back into work mode and shift that belly!!!! Lol might save any hacking for a little bit longer yet tho!!!! We're up and running :D

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