Ok, so in my last post I alluded to my medical bin. There was a reason for that. I needed bute. For Georgie.
It went something like this:
She felt intermittently off in one of our rides before the New Year. Georgie has never ever been lame in the 3 years I’ve had her, so I will admit that in my head I thought “She’s bridle lame.” “She’s just stiff from these colder days.” “She’s fine.”
I gave her a shorter ride and didn’t think too much about it. The following day we jumped around a little, over 2’3 jumps, and she felt totally fine. It was a short, uncomplicated ride. Then, we had a group jump lesson last Tuesday evening and when I hopped on her she felt off again. But more consistently. I asked Sarah to look at her and she was definitely off. Slightly. To the right.
I decided on giving her some rest and bute before calling the vet.
5 days later and she was slightly better, but still off.
So, the veterinarian came out
And had a tiny meltdown.
He agreed- slightly off on a small circle to the right.
He diagnosed it as front right leg lameness and got to work blocking her leg to figure out where it was coming from.
Not the foot. That would be too easy.
Not the fetlock.
Not the coffin bone.
At this point we were out of time to continue blocking the leg so he said he would come back the next day to finish. Georgie got her leg wrapped and spent the night in a stall, which she loved, as was evidenced by her sleeping in her manure all night. Her most favorite thing.
After two more blocks today, it was decided she had an injury to her front right suspensory ligament.
I heard the words “suspensory ligament” and had a panic attack.
But the vet explained a few things that made me feel better: 1) She is slightly off. Whatever is happening isn’t causing a huge amount of pain. 2) Front leg suspensory strains are typically less severe than hind limb. 3) She responded to bute, when I first gave it to her, so he feels that with rest, icing, and some more anti inflammatories she should have a full recovery.
It’s still not a great way to kick off 2017. My horse is lame for the first time in 3 years. But, it is what it is, and I guess we will need to baby her a bit more these days. She’ll be getting the next two weeks off and then a recheck exam. And we will go from there. Probably more time off before starting to bring her back slowly.
In the meantime I’ll be taking lessons on a friend’s lovely gelding and riding whomever else I can. So, blerg. I miss 2016.