Neurectomy - has anyone done this?

Discussion in 'Horse Management' started by Hiya, May 9, 2014.

  1. Hiya

    Hiya New Member

    Thanks for this 'wtf'. I was hoping that someone who has done the procedure would comment - as I didn't want to listen to 'hear-say' from people with no experience. It is much more common than people think.
    Do you mind if I send you a message privately about your experience?

    'KP' I don't think I am 'missing the point'. I am doing this so my horse no longer lives in pain - it is unethical to leave a horse in constant pain. In this situation, my vet has said that the deterioration will not worsen with work. And unless you are qualified in this procedure, I think I'd be better off listening to my vet than yourself (although I appreciate your feedback).
    My vet and I have tried every other procedure - and yes, she has had months of stall rest.
  2. wtf

    wtf New Member


    Feel free to contact me am more than happy to talk
  3. Is it ethical to ride a horse knowing that it would be dog lame and in pain if it could feel it?';'

    Finding it hard to believe.:}

    If you are speaking of ethics and worry about your horse' wellbeing why don't you retire it and find yourself a sound one to ride? ';' JMO
    Last edited: May 14, 2014
  4. Hiya

    Hiya New Member

    Are you a vet Coliban Quarter Horse Stud? What is your experience on this procedure? :}
    Do you think it would it be better to retire her in pain and not get this procedure done?

    This procedure will take her out of pain, and give her a happy life. There are no other options that will make her pain free.
  5. By all means do a procedure and retire her pain free:).
    But don't preach ethics if you are going to ride her after that. You asked for the opinion and you got it:) Sorry if it is not what you wanted to hear. :}
    Last edited: May 14, 2014
  6. Hiya

    Hiya New Member

    No, I asked for people's experiences and I got your ignorant/uninformed opinion. You are clearly not at all qualified, as your have avoided all my questions on your background.

    As I have said before, I will listen to my vet.
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  7. old_mate

    old_mate Well-known Member

    Apparently a neurectomy should be considered a temporary treatment and not a permanent solution (equine surgeon John Madison,VMD Diplomate ACVS) One horse was worked for three years but has had two procedures in that time. Each time the procedure has to be done higher than the last (well that's what was said in the horse and hound mag) so there is a limit to how many times it can be done.
    If the horse can't feel any pain I don't see why you could not keep on riding?
    After googling neurectomy it seems that it is a wide spread practice in both Europe and the USA for high end performance horses

    It is not something I would do. If it were my horse I would have it put down. Some people would take issue with that, so who is right?
    So much of what we decide is right or wrong in the treatment of horses depends on what country you are from and what riding style you have also the current fashions of the day.
    Last edited: May 14, 2014
  8. What an arrogant comment:eek: ^^^^^ it makes me feel even more sorry for your mare.
  9. Hiya

    Hiya New Member

    Thanks for the facts 'Old Mate'.
    I've also found examples where the nerves grow back, hence I started this post to hear peoples' experiences. A few people have sent me private messages and they have never had any problems (some had the procedure more than 15 years ago without the nerves growing back). So it does seem to be a case by case thing.
    It is a wide spread practice, and it is also very common for horses to still ridden/raced/breed after the procedure.
    In this case my vet has said it will not lead to further deterioration and he does not see a problem with riding.
    I would rather give this a go and give my girl a few pain free years rather than getting her put down straight away.

    My vet has said this is the best option for the best outcome. I wasn't after people's opinions on the 'ethics' of the procedure - I was after the facts.

    'Coliban Quarter Horse Stud' I'd rather seem arrogant, than actually be ignorant.
    Last edited: May 15, 2014
  10. celestialdancer

    celestialdancer Gold Member

    Well that escalated quickly!

    IMHO I wouldn't compete a horse after this procedure. Retirement - yes. Nice walks around the village/block/etc, sure, why not.

    You said you wanted to keep riding your mare, but she's in pain. You got opinions based on this.

    If it was my horse, and I needed a competition animal, yet my mare was in pain..

    If I had four choices out of the following;
    *Retire the mare in pain
    *Retire the mare after a neurectomy
    *Have the mare treated with a neurectomy and keep riding it, but risk further damage/complications etc or
    *Have mare PTs

    I'd choose options B and D
  11. Bridie01

    Bridie01 New Member

    I had a neurectomy performed on my warmblood three years ago. He had been lame for 18 months and after following vets recommendations of corrective shoeing and confinement to no avail I was recommended this procedure by the vet. I sort second opinions at a 'specialist' hospital were I ended up having the procedure performed. I decided to go ahead as I was told I would have to retire my 10year old horse who would probably be painful for the rest of his life. It was a huge decision, I read on the internet some horror stories however the vet said it was quite a common procedure especially in the racing industry. I was advised that it was illegal to compete after the procedure but the vet knew of many who did.
    So far I am happy with the outcome. The nerve has not regrown and he had no post op complications. I take care now when I ride, I am diligent with checking his feet/leg for any swellings and check for a digital pulse. I do not compete anymore however I am very happy I have been given the chance to ride him now for pleasure.

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