He is looking good! Im glad to hear he is doing so well. It honestly takes a very special horse to go through all of this. How is his appetite? Any signs of ulcers from him? Thatd be one of my fears with months of stall rest.
Did I miss the post where you say exactly what happened to him? I looking through this thread again and didnt see anything about his initial injury.
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He is having a pretty tough time with being stalled 24/7 especially since he was an full outside horse before this. During the 4 months of stall rest so far he's had 2 cases of colic (which really isn't bad considering) because he gets so stressed out about being inside. We've put him strictly on soaked hay cubes and bran mash and gatorade in his water so hopefully he doesn't continue to colic. :( He's got a couple toys and an Uncle Jimmy's hanging ball which helps with his stress and digestion. My vet doesn't think he has or is developing any ulcers but I will bring that up to her again when he goes into the clinic on Thursday.
I never did state how this happened as we are taking legal action, so all I can say is that he severed his extsensor tendon down into the fetlock joint. Once everything is a little more settled on the legal end, I can tell you guys what exactly happened - I just don't want everything spilled out onto the internet quite yet haha. And I'm sure you all will be just as enraged as I am about how this injury occured. ;)
JDI - Hahahahaha. That is too funny! It never clicked with me either so I'm glad one of us is paying attention. At least I know now that another wonderful person is giving little robbie some attention when I'm not there. :) He loves it when horses get tied close to him, helps to alleviate some loneliness and boredom. Not quite sure if Mr. Ronan loves Robbie quite as much as Robbie loves him haha.
And thank you guys for the continued well wishes - Robbie is still hanging in there. :) Over Christmas break he was wonderful, he pretty much is fully mobile with the cast (even more than before) and he seems to be acting a little more high-spirited haha. I think he knows now that he's healing. :)
He did have another bout of colic however, which was a little more serious than the last time, but he is now recovered from that and eating wet, soggy foods only. His digestive tract is taking quite the beating from this stall rest.
He's had his cast on now for around 6-7 weeks and he goes back to the clinic on thursday to get it off and see what is underneath. If there is enough healing throughout the leg, he'll get more of an air cast on and can start to be even more mobile. However, if the joint is still exposed and not enough tissue is healed to close the injury, he'll be put in yet another heavy duty cast. Let's hope he is healed enough for the "lighter" cast! :)