My horse is a walking tragedy. That's what my mom called him, without even being too friendly with horses.
Yesterday Grand went 3 legged lame.
He seemed to be fine, trotted with a little "disturbance"... but he always has it, it is hard to tell on his hind legs, as almost 2 years ago he messed up his hock and since then he seems to be on and off on his hindlegs. I feel terrible, that I didn't see that as lameness, but he was going fine, trotting, cantering, and even went to jump 2 feet...
then he started resting that foot. 15 minutes later he could barely move forwards. I cooled it down, gave him Arnica for pain, called the vet.
Stall rest. for 5 days on painkillers.
he refuses to let us truly examine the foot. Probably having to use the twitch today to get to that foot, because last year he had cut the same pastern and was not letting anyone near it after a while of treatment.. so yea.. not fun.
This morning some swelling has shown up, from the top of the hoof to about 15 cm above the pastern joint. I can barely touch it, he pulls it out of my hands and tries to kick. The vet hopes it is soft tissue that is damaged, but if he does not improve in 5 days on painkillers and rest, we need xrays...
He is standing and moving around the stall now, but who knows how he will be when we stop the painkillers.
Holding it up all the time while hosing.. IMG_9029.jpg
This is about 9 hours after the injury, he finally put it down.. probably the pain meds worked too.. IMG_9051.jpg
This is before.. even with the foot up, he was being cheeky.. eats well, drinks well.. calls for me..
He had been standing on the same spot for about 3-4 hours. his right hind was digging into the ground.. I could see he is getting tired from not being able to move, and his tail was swishing a lot... IMG_9040.jpg
yea.. we don't have door, as he took it out a while ago, and well... electric fencing keeps them where they should be better than doors.
His buddies can come see him, they have their water near him.. and I put some hay for them there too...