BIG UPDATE GUYS!!!!
Once again, I apologize for being MIA haha. School, life and work just gets in the way. ;) Buuuuut tons of stuff has happened since I last updated at the beginning of the month. All good news which I'm happy to report!
Robbie got his cast off a couple weeks ago and everything is looking great! His leg is looking great, the hole going into his joint is completely healed over and there is even hair growing over the new skin. :) They decided to put a tube cast/splint on his leg so that he could start walking normally again. His first steps without the cast were amusing to watch haha - poor Robbie was certain he did NOT have a leg anymore so he hopped around for a bit. He stayed overnight at the vet's to get somewhat used to his "new leg" before we trailered him home (in the cast his toe was pointed down so he was basically walking on his tippy toe and now with the new tube cast/splint he is forced to use it like a normal leg).
Cutting & prying the cast off
When his leg first came out!
His new tube cast/splint
In his stall back home safe & sound!
So the plan was to have this tube on for 2 weeks with STRICT stall rest - no walking at all - then put on a heavy bandage with a splint for 2 weeks with walking lightly - up and down the barn aisle once - then just heavy bandaging with a corrective show and go from there. Sounds good right? Well the first night Robbie had his new cast/splint on, he chewed the lower half of it apart and then proceeded to chew apart his leg. I guess he had some cast sores on his heel that the new tube was rubbing and didn't like that at all = let's chew off the expensive cast! ...so the vet was called in the am when the barn hand saw blood and a half destroyed cast and proceeded to take off the entire cast and just put on a splint with heavy bandages. She also treated the cast sores and Robbie seemed 10x happier with that. He wouldn't even stand on his leg when he had the tube on and by the afternoon he was walking better already. :)
After the vet cleaned it up (you can kind of see the heel sores if you look closely haha)
Since he's had on the new splint, he's been making leaps and bounds in his walking progress. :) He can walk, turn, etc pretty soundly and the vet came out this past monday to check his progress. He walked 90% sound down the aisle without any splint or bandage or support. I couldn't have been happier.
I seriously almost cried when I saw Robbie walk just about normal considering everything that has happened. Right now he picks up his leg a bit higher in order to flip his toe up but I honestly think that he will be 100% sound by the end of this and nobody would know what has happened if there wasn't a lovely scar to remind us haha.
Now I get to walk him lightly for the next couple of weeks until his splint can come off. So riding him again may not be too far away! :) I promise I will get a video of him walking now for you guys to see. I just can't get over how far my boy has come.
And I couldn't be more happy!