I'm aware this is an old thread, but...I didn't want to make a new one and this is the condensed version of what happened.
I want to update on Rumor's condition.
Rumor spent 6 weeks at my trainer's from Feb 28th to April 14th. She really came a LONG way in that 6 weeks. She side passes, leg yields, her trot has smoothed out, she's so light in the mouth, and really does most of her turning by leg cues. Her canter needs work, but she was too out of shape from sitting all winter to realy work on it. Nursing school didn't give me ANY time for horses. Plus our winter was horrible this year.
Anyways, Yesterday, I hauled Rumor to the vet's for an UTD XRay of her hock.
She looks GREAT! Like, crazy good. She's a flipping MIRACLE.
Her top hock joint, the one responsible for like 95% of the motion has no issues at all. From what I remember, that is where the infection ate away at her bone. (That happened to regrow perfectly) She had no changes in that top joint. It's completely normal.
Middle joint looks good. The lower joints however, where they are all tiny and stacked ontop of eachother and very tiny spaces of cartiledge inbetween, there have been some changes. A little bit of calcium buildup. But nothing bad. And the vet says once it fuses, she'll be even better since those joints don't "have to move" because only approximately 5% of the motion of the hock comes from there.
I am SO happy.
I've been riding her 4-5 times a weeks since she's been back. And she's doing really good. She trots a complete barrel pattern now. And I even loped her around a barrel twice. But her lope needs work. She's unbalanced, so we are working on it. I hope to be cantering a full pattern by mid summer on her. And with her being darn near 100% sound, she's only going to get better.
Since she did have some changes in the lower joint, and she does flex 1/5 on a lameness scale on her leg, We decided to inject the lower hock. My vet used a steroid...Depomederol and also put in an antibiotic for prophylaxis.
I'm supposed to give her 2 days off. And then start riding her again. So, I'm watching her like a hawk. I expressed my concerns regarding her contracting another joint infection from the injection, and he told me what to watch for. (Which I already know...Cause I dealt with it before) But he scrubbed her up really good with Chlorahexidine. And the antibiotic her injected too relieves some of my stress.
Here's hoping to a successful year with Rumor! *Cheers!*
"The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with
him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too."