Another update on Blossom: She's out of her stall and into a very small pasture with an older gelding she is NOT fond of. DB is back in their regular pasture with a new mare. He needed the grass and Blossom doesn't need the grass (EASY keeper) or the space. She kept her vet appt. On Aug. 20th and STILL showed some lameness on the flexion test. SO...she got her hock x-rayed and we found the tiniest beginnings of arthritis. (Blossom is 18) The vet wanted to make SURE it was her suspensory and only her suspensory, so she got a hock injection (I'm probably explaining this badly) and sure enough, she still hopped a little after the flexion test. SO...the vet's farrier was there and she got shoes on the back with a bar on that foot. She's out of the stall but in a very small area. She's depressed and NOT happy. DB isn't thrilled either.
Vet says it's just a strain, and she should come back 100% and be sound for riding. She made great progress early on, and now it's just dragging out a little. I'm being patient and it's killing me because I WANT to ride, but I don't want to do anything that would damage Blossom. She looks sound, but I don't trust my judgment so she'll see the vet again and get cleared before we ride.
Meanwhile her grass is limited because of her lack of exercise and weight, she's not fond of her pasture mate, although she isn't aggressive, she just ignores him. She spends most of her time at the fence looking across a field between them where she can see DB in his field. I hand graze her every day for awhile and groom her. She's seriously unhappy.
DB "visits" her when Jim hand grazes him and he's very attentive, but he's got another mare to focus on and lots of grass so he's not pining as much any more.