But my vet came into the barn looked at the leg and said, "You know what that is." I said, "I'm hoping I'm wrong!" I wasn't wrong. Le sigh. Pammon has a very small tear of his check ligament. It's actually very minor, and vet said there was no need for PRP or shockwave or anything extra. Just standing wraps. And nothing but walking and standing for six weeks.
Pammon gets bored REALLY easily, so while six weeks is totally a short layup and isn't bad at all, it will be hard for him. He is allowed out in the tiny walkout behind his stall, but I will give him some ace tabs with his breakfast before he goes out there. He tends to make poor life choices when outside and left to his own devices. He will also get some ace before our walks because spooking is not walking. I want to take every precaution because I want this to heal fully and quickly.
My vet said he was really glad I had him out right away even though the swelling was minimal and Pammon was completely sound. Since we did that, we caught it VERY early, and hopefully will avoid any further tearing.
So at the end of the day, I'm really glad this isn't worse. It's hopefully just a blip in our story. But I can't pretend like I'm not a little upset. I'm not sure why my horses are constantly getting hurt. Every time we make some progress and I start to feel a little confident, we get set back down again. I've gone over their diets with my vets. We have solid work schedules to create (and/or maintain) fitness and strength. And yet it always seems to be something. I honestly believe I'm doing right for them, but these types of things do make you question that a little. At the end of the day, I think it's just life with horses. And I'm trying not to let it get me down. I still have Eros and Shiny to play with while Pammon has his vacation. Doc is very confident this will heal fully with no lasting implications. So I'm trying to keep those positive thoughts at the front of my thick skull and keep those negative ones tamped down.
|Still bummed there will be none of this for awhile though.|