Can I just complain? It's an ABSCESS. Post 11
Why oh why do I always have issues with my horses? :confused:
Gus was doing really well at his new (old) barn. He's out 24/7, now has nearly free-choice hay, and has generally been in good spirits.
Today he seemed a bit lazy when I got on and almost immediately I figured something was off with him. You guessed it. He's lame, again.
I thought he'd work out of it, so we worked in the field, where the ground is a bit more uneven but softer. But that was a no-go. He was off in the softer arena footing too. And off in the rock-hard jump field.
Great. Now what the heck do I do. I know I need to (eventually) call the vet. Gus being lame is nothing new. Every spring since I've had him he's come up lame, with the exception of one year. 2007... I think. But then that fall he was REALLY lame (reinjured his stifle that time).
So, he got a double dose of Previcox to jump start bringing that pain/inflammation down and he'll be getting 20mg of MSM for the next two weeks too (although I was already planning on upping the MSM since he's been working harder lately and I figured it couldn't hurt). He's also getting another dose of Previcox for the next two mornings.
He was just injected with Legend at the beginning of the month (April 8th). He didn't really need it... but I figured it's been a year since he had any Legend so it wouldn't hurt. He's not had either stifle injected since Jan. '09, before that it was 5/08 for the right stifle and before that it was 3/08 for both.
Typically the joint injections are our "cure all" and everything goes back to normal within a couple weeks. I'm just (a) broke - but who isn't (b) getting married soon (c) house shopping. Lovely combination, right?
I will be calling the vet Monday or Tuesday, after I've got my BO/Trainer to take a look at Gus in hand to see what she thinks is up. The "BM" thought it looked like left hind but then it switched to right hind. When I was riding, it felt like the exact opposite.
So, can I just complain to all you CoTHers? Life stinks. He was doing so good. I thought, for once - wrongly too, that perhaps he was really doing well and we wouldn't need to worry about anything. Heck, he was injection-free at the last barn but we had lots of issues there that justified moving him back to the previous barn.
Needless to say, I just want to complain to those who understand. So thanks for listening. ;)
FYI - I'm 99.9% sure it's a stifle again. It always is. I just don't know if I can swing doing both stifles (to the tune of $300 plus and that's only injection one joint space per stifle) this time around.