Two weeks ago, I took off my 5 year old TB Baron's shipping wraps after a show to find his front right leg totally swollen from ankle to knee. He was lame towards the middle of the second day, so we stopped showing, packed his feet, and put him in standing wraps until it was time to ship home.
The lameness specialist told us to keep him on stall rest for two weeks, to cold hose his leg and bute him twice a day, to poultice wrap at night, and to put anti-inflammatory pills in his food.
Today, the vet checked up on him again and told us he has 1st degree tendonitis. This means six more weeks of stall, then a month of just flat work.
I wanted to cry. First, Baron's about to go crazy as it is, with just two weeks of torture. He's resorting to old, spooky, antsy habits, he circles and whinnies constantly, and he's losing all his patience and ground manners. Second, he's still green and still in total training mode. Two months of no riding and hardly any exercise, then another month of just flats, and he's going to be absolutely insane over fences. I have a horrible feeling this whole mess means going back to ground zero.
Sorry, this sounds like i'm trying to throw a pity party for myself. What I really want to know from this is if you guys have had to go through this same mess, and how you helped your horse deal with it. Ground work? Just leading them out to graze or walk? I want to start up a program for him, maybe some Parelli or Clinton Anderson work just to occupy his mind a bit, but not put too much stress on his leg. Problem is, I don't really know what to do exactly or where to start.
Help, for the pitiful, clueless me?