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Rock and Roll Rehab Update: A Rocky Road to Recovery

Draft mule Rock with wrapped legs

Draft mule Rock eases into a new step of his rehabilitation process.

Rock and Roll did relatively well for the better part of the summer, but as they got to feeling better, they became more rambunctious and began sparring with each other. One evening several weeks ago, Rock came in a little sore in front, but we thought nothing of it as this had been the case before. The next morning however, we went out and found Rock standing hunched over and shaking on all four legs! We immediately called the chiropractor because it was clear that he had done something to his left hind leg, which was the only sound leg left on his body. The chiropractor couldn’t make it until later that evening, but Rock did get a massage that day. It didn’t seem to help much. When the chiropractor finally arrived, he did manage to get the stifle area on the left hind somewhat straightened out, but it didn’t really fix it. The next morning he came back and suggested that we call a pow-wow with the equine chiropractor/D.V.M. from Colorado State University. We called everyone involved with Rock as well: his vet, his equine masseuse, her husband (also a D.V.M.), our ranch manager and me.

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  1. Sandy Clayton10-26-2011

    You are such a blessing to have taken these injured “big guys” in and taking such good care of their healing process. We also have a Belgian mule. They are such great bug guys. I will continue to read your blog. Thanks!!!

  2. rusty herwarth02-04-2012

    Hi merideth, I have enjoyed your site, I like the way yoiu think outside the box… I do the same thing. I will go to sleep thinking “how can I fix this problem”, I have rescued a lot of horses, mules and donkeys… I don’t look for them, they just seem to find me!
    I am from battle creek, Michigan, I am currently training my 16 hand mule that I’ve raised to compete in the mule versatility class at the 2012 mule and donkey congress. This will be our first big show with my mule. I am really looking forward to it.

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