Thanks everyone for the ongoing support!!! The last 9 weeks have been a tough but seems to get better everyday as April is improving both physically and mentally. One of the toughest parts though is seeing her lose her toned muscle mass that we had been working on for shows but I know that in time it will come back.
We go in Thursday (tomorrow) for another appointment and shoeing so I will have better pictures after that. For now I have posted what the foot looked like last night. She still does not like to stand on it on hard surfaces but will stand on it in the stall and her turnout. Over the last week she has started to take full strides when on the hard surfaces though which is good. I am going to have another X-ray taken too to check her leg further up as a bump has not gone down with the swelling (splint bone maybe???) I just want to ensure everything is going in the right direction. She also doesnít have tons of ability to flex in the pastern area so I am not sure if that mobility will come back or if it is just stiff from 9 weeks of awkward standing. There is still some swelling in that area.
I have never thought of writing into a magazine or anything but if anyone would like a story Iím open to it. In this whole accident happening, it would have been nice to have more information myself. I am keeping notes and pictures as we go along and I am planning on making a little book for the vet and farrier to have in case something like this happens to another horse for the owner to see. Both have seen various degrees of horse losing a hoof but they donít have a visual for me to look at (which would have been nice since it was a huge shocker)
In regards to putting April down- if the tendons and ligaments would have been affected and not repairable I would not have gone forward with any of this. With the cut as deep as it was that was a huge concern and thankfully turned out ok. The vet bills do suck but thankfully I have a very busy job with available overtime and my mom and I had a couple showmanship jacket orders in at the time of thisÖ I have had to cut back on going out and spending money (started looking for coupons!!! Lol) but I am still surviving. My boyfriend has been a major help with chores and helping hold her while I worked with the foot. I would not have been able to keep up with everything without him. I am currently boarding so it does take time driving out to the barn everyday.
I have owned April for 6 years and it took 5 years to finally learn to work with each other so neither of us is ready to give up now!!! april824front.jpg april824side.jpg