Thursday, July 24, 2014

Vet Coming Monday . . .

It's been a month, and Red's still off in the right hind.  He's improving, but the improvement is very slow lately.  He has a lot more trouble when he's having to sit back and use his hind end when slowing down or going downhill.  At this point, I need to know what's going on so I know what to do with him - if it's a soft tissue injury, he may need some months off, or if it's minor, riding at the walk wouldn't hurt him. If it's hock arthritis flaring up, more exercise rather than less may be beneficial.  If it's some other sort of joint injury, I need advice on how to deal with it.

Anyhow, my vet is coming on Monday to do a full lameness evaluation.  My vet is very good and affiliated with a nearby veterinary hospital.  She's good in lots of ways - listens well, has a pleasant manner with horses and people, is very thorough and careful, and is also very smart and knowledgeable.  We'll know more on Monday . . . more vet bills . . . sigh . . .

4 comments:

  1. Ack! I'm so sorry...lameness issues are frustrating enough, but add in those vet bills and it's a "seriously raw deal". Hope it's nothing too serious.

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  2. Argh -another vet call. Sorry to hear that Red is still off. :-( You and your herd need a break from the vet calls... Hopefully you can get a diagnosis and a treatment plan in place.

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  3. You've had quite a run with the vet lately. Hoping for a quick and easy diagnosis and treatment Kate.

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  4. That was a great summary of possible lameness causes and responses. Hope it goes well with the vet. I know from experience how lameness bills can add up!

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