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post #101 of 181 Old 09-12-2012, 09:38 PM
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Looking MUCH better!!!!Good that you'll be putting the monsters in check

She hasn't lost very much weight, tho. That should be back on in no time. A little alfalfa might help. And which senior do you feed, the life design? If not, I'd recommend that. Got my Snipper back to weight fast(pics in my album).
Movement is critical for her now. Helps to get rid of the swelling.
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post #102 of 181 Old 09-12-2012, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
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Looking MUCH better!!!!Good that you'll be putting the monsters in check

She hasn't lost very much weight, tho. That should be back on in no time. A little alfalfa might help. And which senior do you feed, the life design? If not, I'd recommend that. Got my Snipper back to weight fast(pics in my album).
Movement is critical for her now. Helps to get rid of the swelling.
The hay she gets is 2nd cutting Alfalfa. She gets approximately 30 pounds a day. Sometimes she eats it all, sometimes not. She prefers the grass.

Nutrena LifeDesign Senior is what she is getting. I've been very happy with that as I have a 13 year old hard keeper that has does well on it.

I think it's quite the improvement when you can see the shape of the hock, cannon bone, pastern and fetlock and it's not just all one big blob.

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Yup, tell me about it....my gelding had a true elephant leg
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post #104 of 181 Old 09-13-2012, 12:43 AM
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OMGosh! She looks WONDERFUL (and her "mean boy owwies" should heal up in no time!!) The LEG LOOKS AMAZING!

She definitely doesn't look OVERLY thin to me, either...she will most certainly get that small amt of lost weight back on in no time, I imagine...I think it's like a person when they get quite ill and are either home on bedrest or hospitalized...they may have an okay appetite, but are out of their usual "routine", thus food feels lackluster and "unenticing" and can be ignored...they also can feel somewhat mentally cruddy and once they get back to their "life" activities again...everything returns to normal.

I think riding her, as you mentioned your vet okayed, just at the walk, will very likely be what she needs to begin to feel "normal" again, to feel hungrier & more interested in her food, & like she has a "purpose" again! That will be great for both if you I'll bet! :0)

I imagine having her pal back home from training to hang out with will help TONS with everything as well!! So great!

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post #105 of 181 Old 09-13-2012, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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New pictures from tonight. Sorry about the leftover poultice on her. The clay based stuff does not wash off easily when it's still wet.

She is not really limping at this point in time. But she seems to be sore/stiff. The swelling is about the same. Her hock is still rather swollen, but it's not hot. It does seems to be oozing still. It's soft and squishy in certain areas. I'm still hot toweling to try and draw out any infection or abscess. Her temperature tonight is 100.8. So no more fever.

She is walking "off"...not as fluid/smoothly as a few days ago when I first turned her out from stall rest. I will give it some time. I'm sure I'll end up with the vet out again for another assessment/plan of action. I stopped giving her bute when the swelling went down and she was moving good, so maybe that's out of her system and she's just showing more pain. I did give her 2 grams bute tonight. And I'm leaving her out in the pasture from now on unless she needs to be stalled.

I know that these things take time so I'm trying to be patient.

Sorrel is the naughty gelding Nut ignoring me because he's not getting attention.

And, I just had to include one of George because he's just so cute!
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post #106 of 181 Old 09-13-2012, 07:59 PM
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Looking so much better! Keep up the good work!! :) P.S. And if patience is a virtue, horse owners are truly saints!
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post #107 of 181 Old 09-16-2012, 07:36 PM Thread Starter
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9/16/12 Update

Well, lets see. Chilly came home from the trainers. And Rumor is in LOVE. She appears much much happier, less depressed and has a pasture mate! I was nervous putting Chilly in with her, but I unclipped her lead, and she just started grazing while Rumor checked her out. No kicking, no biting, no pinning ears, no squealing...Nothing. I can always count on Chilly to be a good girl.

Chilly trotted around the pasture and Rumor actually trotted after her! It was very lame and very uncoordinated, but still. She has not done it since though.

Rumor has not been stalled in 3 days now. She's out morning and night. She has started limping again, and not bearing as much weight as she previously has been. So, we are getting the vet out Monday or Tuesday to come look at her. The swelling is still in the hock. I'm hoping we can lance it or something to make it go away.

Swelling has not increased...it's decreased above and below the hock, but I feel like we are at a standstill, if not, going backwards since she's using the leg less/seems to be bothered by it more.

Her temperature is 100.8, reduced swelling, and she's in good spirits otherwise. So it was definitely an infection. But we need to change something or do something different. It's been 2 full weeks since this started. Seems like a lifetime, but I was hoping she'd be progressing even better now.

New pictures. Her bites are all healing well. But they are nasty looking with all the hair missing. Poor thing.
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post #108 of 181 Old 09-16-2012, 07:37 PM
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how cute.. she really did get beat up.. you can tell.. will those marks on her sides go away? Or will they be scares??

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post #109 of 181 Old 09-16-2012, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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She got her butt kicked! In my experience, new hair will grow in and you probably will never be able to tell.
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post #110 of 181 Old 09-16-2012, 07:40 PM
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poor girl.. and yeah I hope so. My gelding.. he is the BOTTOM of the toadum pole or whatever.. some grow back hair some don't.. but for the most park they do.. can't wait till she is back to normal!!

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