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post #1 of 6 Old 09-12-2012, 08:14 PM Thread Starter
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Aagh. I miss riding my horse.

Dang it. Ten days ago my horse came up lame at the trot. Found a warm swelling by the cannon bone and cold hosed and iced it 3x per day for 4 days and then had the vet out. Vet thought it might be a bee sting, indicated alternating hot/cold packs for 20 minutes 2x per day, and said to try riding him on Sunday. He was still lame at the trot, and the swelling was still there, so I called the vet again on Monday, got an ultrasound on Tuesday, and discovered that (no huge surprise) it's a suspensory injury. He probably did it rocketing around in his paddock on a muddy day, given all the evidence at hand. He's not been lame at all unless under saddle, and even then, it's a lameness that you can hear easier than see. So not a hideously bad injury, but still nothing to mess with. Farrier was due out anyway this morning, so he came and put egg bar shoes on the horse, and everything is groovy. Horse is on partial turnout, with hand-walking a couple of times a day, the swelling is starting to go down, he's not off his feed, and so really, I know, these things just happen sometimes. And I know it could be so much worse.

But I miss riding him!!! And it's going to be at least a month, possibly more. It's a month until his next ultrasound for a recheck. It already feels like forever since I've gotten to ride him and it's only been 12 days. There are other horses I can ride for a lesson once a week, but none of them are MY horse.

The health situation is totally under control. I am just looking for sympathy, I think. I'm so bummed.
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post #2 of 6 Old 09-12-2012, 08:30 PM
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Well I'm sorry this happened. It's always tough when they're laid up.

Just think of all the fun you can have and how much you will appreciate him when you can get on him again.
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I understand completely! I just rode Mudpie after 45 days off due to lameness, and before that he'd been back for 3 months after 6 months off. And before that, he'd been back for 6 months after 6 months off. xD
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post #4 of 6 Old 09-12-2012, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys...

I read somewhere that the two words that strike fear into the horse owner's heart, in order, are 1) colic, and 2) suspensory. We've had a run of bad luck at the barn lately - all but 4 of the horses have been down, hard, with *something* this year, and it's something different for everyone. At least we've been able to split the farm call charge from the vet for most of the visits. I know this stuff is just part of horse ownership, but durn it. We were getting ready for our first show together. I have a brand new show coat and clean breeches and everything.

I'm trying to look at this as an opportunity to really work on our ground communication. If we can hand-walk, we can do groundwork. Huey's not very good about being "sent", so I'm just thinking we'll focus on that for a while, and then maybe I can "send" him through a little obstacle course. Anything to keep his mind engaged, because he is a horse that really, really needs to be working. After only 12 days off he's already getting into that constant-testing headspace. I'm sure that getting really good ground communication will make us a Force To Be Reckoned With next year. I hope.
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post #5 of 6 Old 09-13-2012, 01:06 AM
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*shivers* yep, suspensory's are no fun at all. A reptured suspensory was a major contributor to why I decided to put one of my horses down earlier this year.
Glad to hear that it's only a minor injury, I'm assuming its just strained?

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Vet said it was "damaged" - I could see the areas where these's swelling in the ligament on the ultrasound, and I could see a spot where the fibers are disorganized. It was a little hard to tell because he's a retired GP show jumper, so those suspensories have a bit of old scar tissue already. Vet didn't say it was torn all the way through or anything, and thought I might be able to start with a graded exercise program in 4-6 weeks. Horse was fine with the farrier yesterday when he needed to stand on that leg, and if you watch him walking around you can't see it at all, and at the trot with no rider you can't see it, only hear it. With a rider you could see it a bit and hear it better, but he wasn't bobbing his head.

I'm cleared for handwalking and restricted turnout right now. No question at all of more vigorous exercise or any riding until the next ultrasound in a month or so. I've had sprains myself, and understand the value of patience in these situations.

It surprises me how much I miss riding him.
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