Sad news .... my Beau is officially retired at the age of 14.
http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k2...nBarrels-1.jpgI finally got Beau to a lameness specialist last week Tuesday, and that nasty idea in the back of my mind came true. This respected (and recommended) vet said he has severe arthritis in his back right hip and stifle, with a lot of fluid. At this point, steroid injections can be used to make him more comfortable, along with bute, but it's going to continue to get worse.
I certainly was not expecting that diagnosis, as I had taken him to a general small-town vet last fall who said he had a locking stifle ligament problem. Who also told me to do hill exercises.
I can tell in the last week or two that he really seems to be bothered by that leg. It's quite apparent when he moves.
So I'll keep him on his bute and hopefully get him in for his shot soon. And keep it to light riding (walking) every once in a while. Because I miss riding him, and I think he misses getting to go out!
You'd never know how bad he's hurting. If I asked him to take off running on the pattern, he would GO without a moment's hesitation. He loves it.
So that's my bad news. Phooey.
That's really sad :( but you're a fabulous owner for calling out the big guns on a suspicion. Most people would bute him up and keep going.. so I really respect you for your decision.
Lots of hugs <3
:hug: I'm sorry. Poor guy. I hope you can do what you can to ease his pain for the future.
Oh no!!! That's awful! I'm sorry, poor Beau..At least you are doing the absolute best and right thing for him. There are a ton of people who just wouldn't care.. Lots of respect to you for that!
I'm sorry to hear that D: Hugs from me and Selena....
I almost cried a couple times that first day, but I've been able to keep it together. I have had him since he was 6 months old. I've done everything on this horse myself. He's trained the way I want and I know him inside and out. It just really stinks now that I finally graduated from optometry school, I no longer have a finished barrel horse to compete with.
Granted I am really excited about my new horse I bought (I'll have to make a post about him later when I have time), but I'm going through that "I-don't-know-this-horse-well-yet and I just-want-MY-horse-back and trained the way I want" new ownership phase.
I just bought some Equine Saver supplement that I was recommended by a friend. It worked for their horse to help with the pain, so I'lll give it a shot with Beau. Provided I can get Mr. Picky Eater to eat it.
Aw girl, you need a hug! Hopefully your new project will be awesome for you..
My friend found out in wednesday she has to retire her 10 yr old barell horse due to severe ring bone in both fronts so i can imagine what you are going through. Good luck with the newbie.
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Aww no. HUGS.
Look up Pentosan injections
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