So lots to talk about today, though very little media. Friday we finally, FINALLY had our vet appointment. Guys. It was FIVE HOURS LONG. And we didn't even really finish. Yikes. That should be a fun bill. Let's start with Jampy since that's who we started with on Friday.
|Blurry selfie cause no media|
Doc used the ultra sound to see what's happening in there, and didn't really find anything very worrisome. He has some bony changes at the attachment which could be causing the problem, but there are no tears or holes. So what this means is that it's a chronic unsoundness. It's probably not particularly painful, but does have him using himself a little awkwardly. Likely whatever this is exactly will never go away (he is 17 and a former breeding stallion, so not shocking). The good news is there are several therapies we can try to help improve it for him. Now I just have to decide if we want to start these things now, or wait until spring time. I would hate to drop a whole lot of money and then have him just sit around and have to start it all over again anyway. So I'm thinking about my next step before acting.
|sad faces after getting rained on|
During Friday's visit, the suspensory was still reactive when palpated, but due to his decreased range of motion in his ankle (old racing injury) my vet said the suspensory is not being stressed when worked and he can start to do a little more. None of the flexions aggravated it, so that's good news on the front leg!
The hind end was trickier. None of the flexions made a difference so we moved on to blocking him out much the same way we did Jamp. Only this time there was no change at all anywhere. Ugh. This actually made us all more curious about his potentially not being fully gelded. If he does in fact still have a ball up there, it could be causing what we're seeing behind. Another possibility is that he WAS gelded but he may have some scarring in there that's causing him discomfort. So we await the blood test and then decide how to proceed. I should hear this week sometime.
As for the hives, doc took a biopsy, so we have to wait and see on that too. It could be fatty tumors, or any number of things. But probably not run-of-the-mill hives. More wait and see on that as well. We also checked him for ulcers because of his attitude problems, and that came back a very mild positive. So he's being treated for that while we wait on all the other tests. (Yes, I plan to eat nothing but Ramen Noodles and pb&j sandwiches for the foreseeable future... You know, once the sun sets and I'm allowed to eat again.)
As for the weekend... it rained. Saturday morning was dry, though cool and overcast. Badger was kind of a child to start out, snorting and spooking at anything he could find. But then the canter happened. It started out much like it always does for he and I... Too slow, his stride compacted, me not having any idea what I'm doing up there. But then... I FOUND THE MAGIC CANTER! I found it! For the first time EVER on him. He was right in between all my aids. His withers were up and his stride was open. It was amazing. I couldn't wait for Sunday morning so I could find it again. But alas... pouring rain. All. Day. Sunday. So I only got one ride on Badger this weekend. Actually, everyone only worked Saturday since Sunday was a total washout.
I got hay Sunday though... That's what you want. A hay delivery in the pouring rain. My awesome hay guy said to call him if there's any mold and he'll make it right. When you find a good hay guy, you better hold on to him!
Well that's what's up this Wednesday. What's up with you? Tell me about your week in the comments!