Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: ~*~ NEBRASKA ~*~
Good news, and really bad news :(
Today our wonderful Dr Z came out again. I haven't ridden Cin since the day we did those last videos because when I watched them closely I could see that he had a slight head bob at the trot. I figured it was just chiro.
The good news is, it is NOT the lyme disease coming back. There is no signs yet that he is having a relapse. Yay.
But then I got some grim news. Now that Cinny has no residual swelling, and his body has had 2 months to get back to normal, there are some permanent problems. His Sacroiliac joint and hips are SHOT. It could be from before Lymes or it could be a result of all of the swelling from the Lymes. He is gaining muscle in his hind and at first glance the vet thought he was looking much better. But under the muscle mass are deteriorated joints. He placed my hands on various places in his SI area and moved his legs around and all I felt was a lot of grinding and Cin would put his ears back and bite out. He is not a happy camper right now.
So, he is pretty much "done." Dr Z said we could start giving him injections every 2-4 weeks if I wanted to continue, but I really don't think that is in Cinny's best interest at this point. Light occasional rides are fine, 3 days a week of low level dressage work is not okay. It was also suggested that he no longer be kept in box stalls and that even his daily turn out pen is not big enough for his physical health as he can't even pick up a good trot in it, let alone canter and cavort. Some changes need to be made.
Just when I thought he was getting better. AND we have decided to move back to CA and take him with us. I imagined nice canters in the creekbed at my old stable, but now it will never happen. Pretty much every boarding stable in OC has just 12X24 or 24X24 stalls and NO daily turnout. I think Cinny is best left here so now I need to find a home for him with someone to love on him, groom him, maybe do in hand showmanship (which he likes) and an occasional light rides. That is going to be really tough to find.