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post #1 of 9 Old 10-20-2012, 04:20 PM Thread Starter
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Talking Fall agrees with Lacey...she's so silly!

On the update side of things, last weekend Miss L was diagnosed with a torn/partially torn left front suspensory (the one on the inside of her pastern).
So, unfortunately that means riding for me is basically done indefinitely. The vet ok'd her toting small kids around at a walk but other than that, she's not allowed to engage in "forced" exercise. Whatever she feels like doing is ok, as long as she initiates it but the goal is to keep her low-key.
All that said, she's been "officially" retired into her new job of Pasture Maintenance Supervisor.

HOWEVER, the silly girl has apparently declined reading the manual and is really feeling frisky. She's also moving quite a bit better than she was just a week ago - now just lame at the trot and not lame at all at the walk! I'm thrilled with her.
I'm thinking I need to start handwalking her daily outside the pasture or something because at this rate, she IS going to re-injure herself AGAIN while doing some silly maneuver.
Gosh darn horse! haha

In her defense, she is a really intelligent girl with quite a bit of natural energy ~I thank the LORD I did not know her when she was young, she was probably TERRIFYING~ so I mean, I totally get boredom+energy=cray-cray.
Tomorrow I have a lesson kid coming out who loves Lacey, I'm thinking I might suggest that we take L and the goats on a walk in the neighborhood. I think they would all really like that.

So, as a disclaimer, in some of these pictures she is doing things that are exactly the opposite of what's currently good for her and believe me, they were NOT "mom"-condoned. hahaha

And of course, the goats are doing great. They and Lacey are REALLY bonded and it makes me super happy. I finally finished shearing Hazel so I'm rather proud of that (turns out that the trick was to tie her head up short in a halter+lead rope, then hold up whatever leg is closest to the area I want to work on - she can't move away and she can't bite me! Success! The first time she threw herself on the ground but after realizing that breathing was not exactly condoned in that position, due to her head being tied up, she pretty much gave in. Go Hazel!!). Atticus is getting bigger by the day, it's insane. APPARENTLY, according to someone I know online who used to own a wether of Atti's same breed (La ManchaXAlpine), there's every possibility that his withers could end up around my waist height!! Small pony sized! WAT??! The best!

Anyhoo, I'll stop with the words and get on with the pictures!

"I could SO figure out how to use your camera, if only you would let me!"

"What?? You didn't like it when Lady did this and you don't like it when I do it? But I'm so cute!!"

"Really? You're expecting me to STAND here?"


"Really?? Leaves ON MY FACE??"

"Well then, I think I'll just leave! Hah."

"*raps* My name is Hazel, I gotta' horse. Are you jealous? Why of course!" (Hazel is trying out career options)


No Lacey! No running!!!


Majestic goat!

Yes Lacey! Walking!


*trots away*

Everybody falls in line when Lacey says so. Fur realz.

That is all. I hope you are all having a lovely day!! :)

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Rest peacefully, Lacey.
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post #2 of 9 Old 10-20-2012, 04:46 PM
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I'm very suprised your vet told you to turn her out and ok her for light work.

Stan my connie tore a huge hole in his suspensory and in his check ligament.
at 18 years old we thought it would finnish him.
Vet reccomended 6 months box rest with icein 4 times a day for the first 3 weeks.
We then turned him away for 12 months after his box rest and he came perfectly sound and went back to top level showing.

RIDE your horse FORWARDS and keep him STRAIGHT

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I totally know what you mean.
However, we discussed it really in depth and decided that at 27 and basically blind, it's not like she's going to be able to come back for 10, or even 5 more years without doing something to herself that will be equally career ending. The vet (and I) also felt like at her age, stalling her for 6 months might save that joint/area but it could/would likely lead to worsened arthritis in other areas. Sooo we decided to just let nature do it's thing since Lacey is generally pretty quiet on her own (obvious not today but usually) and since there's no issue with mostly retiring her.

And, not to mention that even if I wanted to stall her I know of exactly zero barns within 20 miles that I would even consider letting her recover in. It was a rock and a hard place thing so the best option we came up with was turning her out and not getting our hopes up. :/
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post #4 of 9 Old 10-21-2012, 01:56 AM
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Sorry to hear about Lacey, love the pics she's a cutie.
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Being horseless is the pits!!
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post #5 of 9 Old 10-21-2012, 12:11 PM
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Lacey is such a character& we all know how much you love her. She is a lucky horse to have you for an owner.
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Thanks HLL. :) I'm just thankful that she's still here with me and she's still happy to be alive. I was really prepared to put her down if this was going to cause her serious daily pain and I'm so thankful that though she may not be particularly rideable anymore, I can still go hang out with her. :)

Aw thanks Cacowgirl! I do love her dearly but she makes it easy...sometimes. haha!

Andddd, this crazy horse of mine, I think she maaay be attempting another miraculous comeback of some type or another. I'm really trying to not get too hopeful but she had a short walk lesson with a kid on Friday, then sassed it up yesterday^, and TODAY, after I let her out and I cleaned the barn, she made her way down to the very bottom of her pasture and GALLOPED all the way up to about 100ft from the gate where she then dropped down into a 90-ish% sound trot!
I was watching her gallop from the top of the hill and she never took a misstep or bobbled on her feet at all. Earlier in the week, she was barely walking without a gimp and she was definitely not even thinking about trotting or cantering.
So mayyybe this was just a case of needing to have her hooves trimmed differently and a badly sprained suspensory?
I thought for sure that I was gong to find a hurting horse at the barn this morning after "over doing" it yesterday but I found the exact opposite! Her pastern was actually less swollen than it was yesterday morning!

I'm still going to give her until December, at the very least, off (no need to push it and re-injure) if she continues at this rate, but hope is starting to bubble up!

This horse, she's basically made of steel. I do not even understand. People need to breed more of these creatures!

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Shes looking great!! Hope to hear that her recovery is complete
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A good rule of thumb I was told is to have just as much time off as the horse was lame. If she was lame for a month, she should have a month off, starting the day she is totally sound.

However, I wouldn't get your hopes up at all, to be honest. It won't do your heart any good to have her come up lame again in January. She's an old girl, she's done a wonderful job working for you, I would just let her be. She will settle into her new retired lifestyle. Yes, some horses work until the day the die, but these are usually horses that have stayed sound. This is not the case. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but I'd hate to see how devastated you'd be if she couldn't come back to work. *hugs*
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Thanks csim! And meeee too! However, if she/her body ends up wanting to just be really-really retired, that's ok too. As long as she's comfortable, I'm happy. :)

Thanks for the tip Leigha! So maybe I'll just let her hang out until next spring, then reassess - she's been lame-lame for a month as of yesterday but sort of "is that a slight head bob? I can't tell" lame all summer (but she was having weird hoof issues, etc). Anyway, spring is probably the safest y your rule of thumb (which I think is a great idea!).

I also totallllly agree with your second statement. I'm going to let her be the guide. She's basically the equine version of a workaholic so I would hate to take her "work" away before she was really ready, you know? For instance, she's started coming up with "jobs" for herself in the pasture - she walks the perimeter of all her pastures each morning, spends some time listening to the construction happening a mile or so away that she can hear from the far corner of the lowest pasture, then comes back up+watches the neighbor's houses for a bit, then heads up to the gate to watch the road for a few hours, then re-does all that, ending with grazing down by the shed because it's time for "bed". I don't know, I suppose I feel bad that she's bored enough to be creating jobs for herself. I get the impression that she's half-way enjoying it but that she maybe thinks something is missing (the moment I put her in the cross-ties and start brushing her, she gets HYPED - that used to be the first step towards going on a ride).
But yeah, I'm not going to push her at all. And if her body can't stay/return to sound by the spring, no matter what she WANTS, she's not gonna go back into "real" work. :)
Basically my plan is to go about this like a blind man id-ing an elephant - feeling my way around gently until the picture becomes clear. No rushing to any conclusions.
In 5+ years, I would MUCH prefer a sound, retired, ancient horse than ancient horse that was pushed too hard and is constantly uncomfortable. Soundness in her longevity is the goal here! :)
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