Of course, I did not opt to have any sort of pictures taken so that^ was the vets best guess with where the injury's location is, how she's moving, etc.
Basically, all summer Miss L was off and on again "lame", as in, I would periodically see a maybe head-bob at the trot but it was not reliable and it was easily passed off as "she stepped in a depression/place where the ground was suddenly higher".
So I really thought nothing of it. We took things a little gentler than usual and she seemed fine.
Then, a couple of weeks ago, during a lesson, she slipped going into the trot, interfered with herself pretty badly in front, almost went down but didn't, then trotted off super lame. I figured it was just "OUCH! I just hit myself SOO hard" lame so we continued the lesson but at a lower pace.
The next day, her LF pastern was super swollen and she was what I would think of as very lame (according to the vet, "pasture sound" so I guess there are lamer things). So I gave her extra bute for a few days and didn't work her.
A week later, she was sound at a walk but lame at the trot so she continued to get time off.
Then, it got really windy and she got really frisky (shoulda' taken her off the bute but I didn't think of that) and ran around too much, which seemed to injure the area again.
This time, I stopped all bute, put a call into the vet, and kept her out of any sort of work.
Then the vet said "Suspensory, retirement, little kids riding only, a year of recovery, etc" and I said ok.
So now she's off bute/any painkillers, on lots of anti-inflammatories, having that leg cold-hosed/iced daily (hoping to up it to twice daily), and I really trimmed her hooves this week getting all pressure off the sides of her hoof - since the injured area is on the inside of her pastern). IMO, it looks bad but post-trimming she was 60% more comfortable than she had been (also, post-trim, the swelling seems to be lessening) so if it works!
Then today we had a lesson kid come out (my lesson kids just don't want to stop even though I've told them that riding is basically out, they're the sweetest) and Lacey practically threw said kid on to her back to ride. I had not planned on letting this little girl ride but Lacey saw her, walked straight up to the mounting block and stood there waving her head around, nickering.
So I figured that she's doing so much better, that 10 minutes of walking with a small kid couldn't hurt. So they did that and Lacey seemed to really enjoy herself. By the end of ten minutes L was "done" but both of them had a nice time just walking around doing simple figures where every turn was on Lacey's "good" leg - no need to cause pain intentionally!
Anyway, I'm just not sure of a timeline/what else I can do for this injury.
Is being this much better so fast basically a miracle healing (a week ago she was barely comfortably walking) or normal?
She's out in the pasture walking around during the day and stalled at night. The vet told me that stalling is the usual protocol but with Lacey's age and since we're not hoping for a performance level recovery, we decided that, especially since L is keeping her activity levels low (the goats help with that - they don't do a whole lots of running around, haha), a pasture recovery is just fine.
I have considered putting some sort of boots/wraps on her at night to support things but I have no idea what would be "best"...or even if boots/wraps would be beneficial!
Is there a recovery "guide" somewhere that I should read? Any experiences? Anything more I can do to help her out?
I do have a very limited budget (ie, why I didn't get any sort of internal visual of the injury) but within my budget, I'm willing to do whatever I can to help her heal well.
ETA- my word, sorry for the novel!!