Prosthetic have come a long way!

By Uri Burstyn, on Saturday, May 21st, 2016

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Shine with prosthetic limbs in place

It was early morning, before the sun was up, Dec. 29, 2015. One of the miniature horse’s owners thought he was standing funny and swung a flashlight beam onto Shine.

“He was covered in blood,” Jacque Corsentino told the Colorado State University Source.

The 3-year-old miniature horse was whisked away to the university’s teaching hospital, where injuries to his leg and the resulting infection might have meant euthanasia. But thanks to work by a staff orthopedic surgeon and a prosthetic from a Colorado company, the miniature horse was able to recover and now walk.

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Prosthetic model

This radiograph shows Shine’s injured lower-left hind leg. Fractures in the coffin bone and lower pastern bone, crucial to extension of the lower leg into the hoof, and subsequent infection required amputation.

Associate professor of equine orthopedics Laurie Goodrich, DVM, performed a two-hour surgery in March to remove the infected hoof and distal limb below the fetlock. With radiographs in hand, a team was able to use a 3-D printer to create an exact replica of the hoof Shine during healing and before the prosthetic

Shine co-owner Jacque Corsentino thought the miniature was headed for life as a show horse. Now, he said in a recent news report, his plans have changed. “I think he would make an amazing therapy horse for wounded warriors or kids with disabilities,” Corsentino said. “You know when you have horrible days? Shine is my therapy.”

Its truly amazing how far we’ve come!   Kudos to these dedicated owners, after all its the owners who are the most important part of any pet’s health care team!


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