At the age of 6 months, Bandana was found in the paddock with a paralysed leg. Her elbow was dropped and she was unable to bear weight on the leg which hung down with the hoof doubled over. We managed to encourage her down into the yards with a three-legged 'kangaroo' type action. A veterinary opinion was sought for the benefit of student education. The diagnosis was a fracture at the lower end of the humerus. The cause very likely a kick from a larger horse and this had damaged the radial nerve.
The vet was sceptical of any recovery with a prediction of muscle waste along with a permanently altered gait should she partially recover and indicated that she may have to be destroyed.
Here at the centre we aim for complete and full recovery and immediately began a programme of treatments to that effect.
Bandana had no feeling above, or below the injury site whatsoever. Her ability to feel was in her upper neck and above on that side of the body.
Although it is not our policy to wean at such a young age, Bandana needed to be weaned in order not to contain her mother in a stabled environment.
Bandana was treated with Homeopathic remedies. Arnica for the trauma, Hypericum for the nerve damage and Symphytum for the fracture itself. She was given Cold Light Laser treatments and also provided with support bandaging in the lower leg and fetlock area once she was showing she could bear weight. She received regular massage and Bowen Therapy 'moves' for any filling and discomfort in the legs as they regained degrees of sensation. This took place every three days.
Within seven days Bandana was trying to bear weight and there was a minute amount of lift in the limb itself. She proved to be very calm whilst she persevered with endeavouring to gain movement from the damaged leg.
After three weeks, Bandana could hobble about and was able to place her hoof flat on the ground.
Within six weeks Bandana was placed in the paddock and within a couple of days she was able to trot albeit with a serious limp in the paddock and so she was then given an older horse as a companion for the remainder of her rehab. She has made a full and excellent recovey.