I figured I'd start a more pleasant thread about how Rumor has been doing. After everything she's been through, she is as happy as ever. And SPOILED. She gets an apple a day...Honeycrisp at that.
In April I'm taking her back for more XRays to see what 6 months of rest and recovery has done to her hock. My lameness vet thought I could start riding her then, but we shall see. I want to see what's going on before tacking her up.
She is a pistol and full of it. Very bonded with my other mare Chilly, and if I take Chilly away, she paces and runs around like an idiot. But if I take Rumor away, she's good as gold. We've been going for walks down the road so she doesn't forget manners and gets experience even though she can't be ridden. She hardly looks lame anymore, maybe a little off at the trot still but she's doing well. The cold weather got to her a little at first, but overall she's good.
She's been given 4 shots of a loading dose (12ml) of Pentosan. That stuff is absolutely amazing. We are now going to continue the loading dose but do it every 2 weeks for awhile instead of every week. Then eventually I'll drop down to once a month, maybe. If it's helping her, I'd rather keep her on it. But i've been VERY happy with the results.
No surgery for her. My lameness vet feels that it would not benefit her so why spend the money and put her through it. It's always a possibility in the future, but for right now, he says she just needs recovery time.
The swelling is still there, but it's minimal. MUCH better then it was. Every now and again when she over does it, it'll swell a little more, but as long as she isn't being a twit, the leg looks really good.
I'm able to pick up her hind feet now. Carefully. And my farrier has trimmed her twice since she's been able to walk again. Because of all the limping she did, she lost quite a bit of muscle in her left hind hip/leg, and the hoof wore down a little funky. But now that she's not limping, I suspect she'll pick back what she lost and eventually move in a more normal way. Again, TIME. LoL.
I was able to add another horse in a week ago! So now Rumor is with Chilly and NUTMEGG! Nut is the horse that kicked and bit the crap out of her back in September when Rumor first got injured/sick. But everyone gets along. Rumor is VERY low in the pecking order. So I put hay in as many piles as I can because Nut always seems to enjoy taking her food. He did take some hair the first day, but no blood and she's able to scoot away from him. Jasper is now by himself because he cannot play nice yet.
Rumor has a bit of an attitude towards Jasper too. They sniff over the gates and she squeals and turns her butt and kicks at him. (Good for her!) But he really is a jerk! LoL.
We finished our fencing and the leanto, I'm so happy about that! It's been a long time coming and I just LOVE the way it looks. We still have finishing details but that's going to have to wait for spring because the ground is now freezing and it's just too cold for me to even want to work outside.
I really wanted this front section enclosed safely for when Chilly has her baby. She's 214 days today and due in March. I'm so glad we finally got it done. Lots of work and thousands of dollars later, it's 95% complete.
Oh yeah, and the girls got new blankets. Which they absolutely adore!