It has been a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Drifter was apparently kicked in the stifle area at some point either last night or early this morning.
I got a call from my BO around 9 am saying Drifter was very obviously 3 legged lame and that it looked like his old stifle injury was flaring up again. She said she could see swelling. I immediately left for the barn (thankfully I have no class Fridays) and I knew at once it was not his old injury. His stifle was incredibly swollen and obviously painful. We loaded him up and took him to the vet school. Pictures showed there was a small fracture on his tibial tuberosity. Small bone chip is present but they assured me that the chip could be 'reabsorbed'. This doesnt really make any sense to me and I will probably be calling him back tomorrow for clarification, I was just in too much shock today. I heard 'fracture' and immediately started crying like an idiot because all I could think was 'no leg, no horse'. He assured me it can be fixed with a lot of rest. Right now Drifter is on 4 weeks of complete stall rest and than he will be re evaluated to see if he can move to stall rest with light hand walking. Vet is thinking it will probably need to be 6-8 weeks of complete stall rest though
I am trying to find out as much as I can about this type of injury. Some people at the barn have told me it is recurrent. Does anyone have any experience with it? I'm just hoping it heals as it is supposed to so that he can be sound to ride. We have had such a bad few months, this is really just the icing on the cake. My poor boy