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Miracle horse Gracie survives rare shoulder bone fracture

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This is a remarkable story about Gracie brought to you by source Horse Talk, a nine-year-old Quarter Horse mare. Gracie, whose registered name is Graceful Leaguer, is dubbed “the miracle horse” since she is now back home in Florida after having undergone a remarkable record-making surgery at the University of Florida.

It all started when Gracie came to UF’s College of Veterinary Medicine as an emergency. It has now been over a year since Gracie was subjected to a “first of its kind surgery to remove a piece of bone from her broken shoulder and undergoing special rehabilitative therapy.”

On that November 2012 night at UF, Andrew Smith was on duty. Upon Gracie’s arrival, she was not able to bear any weight on her right front leg plus she was in distress and lots of pain. Smith took radiographs of Gracie’s shoulder that were normal. So he made a bone scan that revealed a rare fracture in the lesser tubercle (humerus). The experts at UF realized that this type of fracture is very rare, and has never been repaired, as far as they knew. The location of Gracie’s fracture made it nearly impossible to repair. The injury was also in an area where muscles would constantly pull on the bone, making the healing process next to impossible.

It was decided to try to heal Gracie, but not by repairing the fracture. The expert large animal doctors removed the broken piece of bone in a delicate surgical procedure. The operation went smoothly and Gracie’s aftercare did too.

Gracie was permitted to go home with her owner and recuperate. But upon a checkup, Gracie turned up severely lame. She had developed thick scarring that restricted motion at the shoulder joint. She required physical therapy. The decision was made to keep her at UF.

Other experts became involved in Gracie’s recovery and rehabilitation. She received water treadmill therapy and laser, vibration and magnetic pulse therapies. Gracie was beginning to do well.

On Nov. 24 she returned home to her owner in Jacksonville. She had regained her strength and was now able to live like a horse in a pasture.

Source: Horse Talk

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