Miranda showed some new odd behaviors today. After I turned her out, she was eating her hay when all of a sudden she ran a bit, stopped, rubbed her face vigorously on both front legs, and then reared, and then repeated the same routine. After that she was fine and went back to eating. It was almost as though her head or face were hurting her for a moment, and then whatever was bothering her abruptly stopped - I don't know what to make of that and my daughter has never seen her rear before.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Blackjack Has Problems and Miranda Does Something New
The results of Blackjack's blood work were not encouraging. He had had a full set of blood tests done about 6 months ago, and everything looked really good. This time things are not so good - he has a number of metabolic abnormalities, particularly in liver function, although his kidney function is still OK, and his white count is not particularly elevated. The vet suspects a tumor of either the GI tract or adrenal glands, which couldn't be confirmed except by invasive procedures that wouldn't be appropriate for a horse of his advanced age. He felt well enough at feeding time (without medication) to drink his beet pulp water and try to eat a little bit, and he wanted to go out to his paddock. We're going to continue supportive care, and Banamine when he shows discomfort.