The vet came out today. I am taking Drifter in for xrays and an ultrasound next week. We are x-raying both hocks and doing an ultrasound on both stifles. All in all, about $700 worth of pictures he said
His belief so far is that Drifter has pulled a ligament in that stifle. Coupled with his old hunters bump (injury from previous owner) and the 6 inches of muscle he ripped out of that same hip (injury pictures of that on another thread..underwoods works wonders..GET SOME!!) that is making him one sore boy. He is staying in his private paddock and getting bute. Hoping to get some of the inflammation down.
They also drew blood for EPM and Lyme since he was running a fever. That has me freaked out Hoping both of those tests come back negative.
As far as Drifter's future he says he will never be an eventer at the higher levels, but maybe if we get lucky he would be able to compete at novice. MAYBE. We will have to see. His barrel career is also over due to the ligaments in that stifle already having been torn once in a barrel race. Fine by me, I don't really know how to barrel race anyways!
Mainly I am just hoping for neg results on LYME and EPM and hoping we can eventually get him trail sound. I would be fine with that. Prayers and good thoughts still appreciated!
S/N: the field vet who came out today was different than the vet I normally see. He recognized Drifter's brand and told me he looked uncannily just like a horse his colleague had owned before passing away in a car wreck a few years ago. The horse's name had been ML. I went and grabbed Drifter's folder and showed him his papers. His name was ML, and it was the same horse! Apparently the friend of his was a vet in Kiln, MS who also owned a barrel racing horse breeding ranch. He had bred his mare to Flaming Jet in order to get Drifter. Before he could choose a name for him, he went to AQHA world in Dallas, and sadly passed away in a car wreck on his way home. To honor their father, his daughters gave Drifter their father's initials as his name (hence, ML). The vet seeing Drifter went on to tell me that the oldest daughter had won many speed events on him until he lost his leg at a race going into the 3rd barrel at 5 years old(tearing that stifle ligament, grr!). It was cool to run in to someone that knew Drifter from his past.
I took a picture this morning of Drifter grazing with our jumping arena in the background. The last course we jumped is still set up (guess people liked the pattern, ha!) It was a little bitter sweet for me. I love eventing, and I never thought I would be able to own a horse and not compete but Drifter has completely stolen my heart. I will gladly say goodbye to the jumps if it means I get to hug that big, beautiful brown neck every morning :)