Easton had Surgery to relieve contracted tendons November 2016
Easton is a big filly, about 14-months old. She was picked up by a local animal control as a stray back in March 2016. She had been abandoned and was very lame on her right hind, basically non-weight bearing. Imagine the little gal, she was a stray, out alone on the country roads and probably had not felt safe enough to rest. Once in a paddock at animal control, she laid down, but couldn’t get up. We took her in at AAE. Upon extensive evaluation and radiographs by our vet, we learned that Easton had a fractured pelvis. Her prognosis was questionable, but despite the fracture, she was a very happy, otherwise healthy, friendly, and outgoing filly with youth on her side. She was hospitalized for a week or so for night-time monitoring, as she was having a tough time getting up once she laid down. After discussing all options, we decided to give her 60-days to see how she progressed. Easton is a fighter; she did quite well. She was closely monitored on stall rest for another four months. She reached a milestone at six months, and her hip radiographs look GOOD! However, she has had one setback over the last couple months of her stall rest. She had grown like a weed. She is a very large yearling, and her rapid growth coupled with confinement due to the fracture resulted in contracted tendons that cause her to "knuckle" over her front fetlocks when she walked. We were hoping the turnout will help relax the tendons and increase her muscle strength, but it did not. Although, she thoroughly enjoyed her turnout experience after stall confinement for so long. Another hurdle for this always smiling lil filly; she needed check ligament surgery to help release or relax the tendons in her front legs. It’s been almost a month since surgery, and Easton is doing great. Between initial diagnostics at intake and recent surgery, along with meds, bandages, aftercare, follow up visits, etc., Easton’s vet costs are over $4500. This filly is a special girl that has touched many of AAE’s volunteers!