Long story short, my filly on weaning injured herself resulting in 3 puncture wounds which were well (or we thought?) treated, flushing out several times a day, AB's etc. Not long after she hurt herself again (or maybe just caused by the pervious injury..), naturally thought just a paddock fall & the local vet came out the next morn & organised us to take her to Murdoch for Xrays, she was very lame & the shoulder seemed to poke out overnight, although she was rugged so not noticed but became very sore. No fracture, break, chip etc of the shoulder & the vet put it down to serious nerve damage. The puncture wounds (healed) didn't seem to be an issue. Before weaning: Day before Xrays, so 2nd Feb. At Murdoch. Murdoch report stated (removed a few things like vets name etc): ?Aurora? was referred to the Equine Centre at Murdoch University by ********* on February 3, 2012 for evaluation of a suspected dislocation of the right scapulo-humeral (shoulder) joint. The filly had been found to be lame prior with swelling around the distal limb. On further examination yesterday, the filly was found to have a large, firm swelling over the lateral aspect of the shoulder. On examination ?Aurora? was comfortable at the walk (edited: mainly as she had pain relief so was feeling good!), although on the right fore there was a reduced cranial phase of stride present, and the limb was held slightly abducted from the body. The proximal humerus was noticably protruding laterally at an abnormal angle which also caused lateral or abaxial deviation of the scapula. The filly was painful to deep palaption of the pectoral muscles in the axilla (armpit). X-rays were taken of the shoulder and they showed no evidence of fractures or complete luxation of the shoulder but there was outward rotation of the humerus. On the basis of our findings today it was concluded that ?Aurora? had damaged the medial (inside) support to the right shoulder, either the supporting muscles (deep pectorals and sublcavius) or their nerve supply which was causing the abnormal angulation of the proximal humerus and distal scapula. The shoulder joint did not appear to be luxated or dislocated in the true sense of the word, but rather malaligned as a result of the loss of medial support. Recommendations: ? Stall rest with in-hand grazing for 6 weeks. ? Phenylbutazone (an anti-inflammatory) to be prescrived by the referring vet, Dr ********. ? Maintenance diet. The filly should be re-evaluated for lameness in 6 weeks time prior to being turned out. -------------------------------------------------------------------- She was on Bute for 13 days from the Xrays onwards, something i just didn't like to have her on, but ATT, was needed. So far, she had 1 session of Equine Touch 16th Feb but not touching the shoulder, just other parts of her body that was sore/stiff. Being 3 legged, she wasn't coping well but was only early..... Dr Bruce Ferguson treated her (Acupuncture) on 4th March also using Shock Wave Therapy & almost instantly, she was weight bearing on the sore side... but still a bit "hoppy" & favouring the leg as much as she could. She continued to be 3 legged with a bit of walking on it. This is the arvo after the Acupuncture at lunch time. Pretty much she wasn't doing anything bar walking & when allowed out (Bruce suggested time in a paddock), she muffled the most unco trot/crab shuffle. But funnily enough, she seemed to always been in good spirits, she dropped condition but didn't get "skinny", she would play with Tyger over the fence, tip her water over but became pretty sour & grumpy quickly also looking depressed at times. I was lucky, although she dropped condition, she kept up a good appetite. On the 13th March, i got home in the arvo & she was causing grief in her yard, lots of squealing, banging the panels & i wondered what the crap she was doing. Well we had bucking, jumping about, squealing & carrying on, funny as she was using the sore leg, very well & acting very unlike her (or maybe like BEFORE the injury.. lots of spunk!). Found gunk on her chest which was a burst abcess, her leg was also straight again, before - the shoulder being pushed out had caused the o/f to turn out also. She walked rather well, although still "stiffly" to be tied up. Vet called but was out treating a colic. I cleaned/flushed the wound & tried getting out as much pus as i could. This is what it looked like, before cleaning: Vet couldn't come out till the morning, extracted lots more gunk (luckily as Aurora wasn't as sore, she was moving about heaps & it was self draining), some dead tissue etc, flushed it out, IV Bute (i decided against more Bute, vet was ok with that) & AB's. It's being flushed as often as needed, self draining still. The 14th March, i let her in the small yard, enough room to move about & didn't she have a ball! She only goes out for 1/2 the day, spends most of it at the hay roll.