I’m not one to complain about work much, but this past week was absolute insanity. Part of the insanity was being tasked with trying to find a home for a horse. Not a horse. A stallion. I work in animal welfare, but we don’t handle horses. Until this past week apparently.
What I quickly found out, when tasked with getting him out of there, was that no one wants a 14-year-old unbroke stallion. So, I made an appointment to have him gelded. Maybe someone wants a 14 year old unbroke TB/QH/Mustang gelding? I’ve secured 30 days board for him and really really need him to find a home. I’ve never done horse rescue before. It’s a ton of work!
But, this post is about Georgie! So let’s get to it! Georgie’s recheck appt was last Tuesday and the vet was impressed with her progress. She looked sound on the small circle. But then we had her go the other direction and she was moving so much looser and more forward than to the right. Which was concerning to him.
She still looked sound on a straight line. Not a lot of reaction to palpating the suspensory. He got out hoof testers and she was a bit reactive on the right leg. He wondered if perhaps there was something else going on. He suggested blocking the foot again.
And that’s when I got the call there was a stallion in a dog pen and a bunch of other animals needing help and I had to cut the appointment short. When I told my vet I had a work emergency he asked “What kind of emergency does the animal shelter get?” This worked to my advantage- he offered to geld the stallion at a greatly reduced cost when I called him, and was happy to help out. What it didn’t help was that we had to move to plan B with Georgie. He suggested I trot her every other day both directions. Then check to see if she is still sound the following day.
So far, so good! She feels good under saddle and is totally willing to move forward at the trot. We’re just going around the edge of the arena, for a few minutes at a time, but it is really nice to be back on her.
Perhaps during the gelding of “Lucky” the stallion (I did NOT name him) we can see if following up with the block is a good idea….