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post #21 of 41 Old 04-10-2010, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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That is the plan. He has improved drastically. It just so happens that I work for an "ex" large animal vet who does small animals now. He has 40 years experience. He is kind of guiding me through this and wants me to have it xrayed if it doesn't start to improve by the end of the week. I didn't like it either, when I first saw it. My heart fell to my toes. That person who got him at the auction didn't realize he was lame, or he got lame in between when he bought him and when he picked him up. He was lame when he returned two hours later with a trailer. At that point he called me to take him because he isn't an experienced horse owner and was pretty worried about it.

When he walked off that trailer I thought the worst.

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post #22 of 41 Old 04-13-2010, 11:58 AM Thread Starter
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A little update, a little bitter sweet.

I have been trying to figure out if walking helps Floyd, or makes him worse. I left him stalled all day yesterday, and went out this morning and he was laying down. He didn't really want to get up. This was the first opportunity I really had to make sure there wasn't anything hidden in his right hoof (he has not let me pick that one up since the first day). Nothing is amiss besides being really oddly shaped. I did get him up and walked him out into the aisle. He seemed a lot stiffer, and I was afraid he was going to fall over. I don't know if it's a coincidence that I didn't take him out yesterday, or what. But I didn't feel comfortable walking him.

My vet is coming out first thing tomorrow morning. I had the choice between waiting until tomorrow for him, or waiting until this evening and having a "new" vet they hired come out. I decided to wait. So i'm holding off on bute and everything so they can get a good look at him.

Poor dear.

A little bit of good news, besides having inpeccable ground manners, I decided to see how he took a bridle after working with my horses. I didn't tie him or anything, just entered his stall, slipped off his halter... when he felt my arm go under his chin and over his nose, he dipped his head to my KNEES! That was a little *too* much, I may be short but i'm not that short! It was so adorable though. He allowed me to slip the bridle on and then stood there looking at me like "C'mon, lets go? What are we doing?"

Please cross your fingers for Floyd. Even if he'll never be suitable to ride again, he's not going anywhere. I adore him already.


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post #23 of 41 Old 04-13-2010, 01:35 PM
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I say QH/morgan. Just his face screams morgan to me, specifically his mouth and nostrils.
That would be my guess, he looks QH/Morgan to me.
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post #24 of 41 Old 04-13-2010, 01:42 PM
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He does look really bad on that right front, looks like tendon, but he also stands as if he had foundered?! But could be from having the tendon issue? Please let us know what you find out! My fingers are crossed for him!
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post #25 of 41 Old 04-13-2010, 01:57 PM Thread Starter
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He does look really bad on that right front, looks like tendon, but he also stands as if he had foundered?! But could be from having the tendon issue? Please let us know what you find out! My fingers are crossed for him!
I want to fast forward to tomorrow. I will update as soon as the vet leaves, no idea when he's coming, just "Sometime in the morning". Silly vets.

Too much suspense

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post #26 of 41 Old 04-13-2010, 03:43 PM
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Awh bless him, I'll definitely keep my fingers crossed that everything will turn out alright for him!
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post #27 of 41 Old 04-13-2010, 06:58 PM
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Keeping fingers crossed and sending prayers for Floyd. I hope it's something that can be fixed so that he can live without pain. That is so wonderful that you are willing to keep him even if he won't be sound for riding. Good on you.

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post #28 of 41 Old 04-14-2010, 09:10 AM Thread Starter
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In from the barn, Dr Elliot was great as always. I love that man to pieces.

Floyd stood there and FELL ASLEEP! For multiple xrays of both front legs, multiple blocks in both legs, Dr Elliot banging on his feet, pinching him, poking him. He is the sweetest guy ever. I quote the Doctor.

"How quiet IS this horse? He should be reacting in pain!"

Translation: Either this horse is very very quiet and hiding the pain, or something weird is going on.

As of right now I get to wait in more suspense for them to finish their morning calls and get back to the office and develop the xrays.

But for now he left me with two very important things.

* It doesn't look like he's ever foundered.

* He did find some thickening in the pasterns and is suspecting ringbone although he didn't react like a ringbone horse to his exam.

* After the blocks we were able to tell that he is definitely a little sore on BOTH legs, hence the xrays of both.

*The blocks did not completely rule out some kind of shoulder injury, he was STILL walking funky all numbed up, but definitely not as bad.

So being sore on both legs scares me, but from looking at his hooves (he even dug out some of both of them to make sure there wasn't anything inside) he says he really doesn't think he's foundered.

So, we wait. I don't know whether the news today was good or bad. I *wish* Floyd showed some sign, some swelling, some heat, anything!

He did say the views he took will not diagnose Navicular which is also a possibility, but if it's a severe case, he may be able to see a hint of it.

Dr Elliot also said Floyd is around 11-13 years old and a total dream patient!

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Oh! I forgot... double post lol

He was pretty convinced that A LOT of Floyd's lameness is from his bad feet. He wants us to get them trimmed ASAP, regardless of what the Xray's show. He worded it like "He's basically tripping himself".

Well, I KNEW they were bad. He just doesn't know if Floyd will tolerate standing on his right leg enough for a trimming. So i'm not real sure how i'm supposed to accomplish this.

For right now the treatment is: Bute and Stall rest until we get his feet trimmed. He doesn't seem to think that's going to change much but will be calling me this afternoon with the results of the radiographs.

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post #30 of 41 Old 04-14-2010, 09:32 AM
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Sending good thoughts your way. I hope its something simple and Floyd will be ok.

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