Paco came in a day or two ago quite a bit lame. In jogging him it was hard to tell at first where it was coming from. We kept our fingers crossed he was abscessing. This morning, it was obvious it was hind end, and we went over him yet again. The boss saw some swelling in his left stifle, and once I put my hand on him, it was evident that it has quite a bit of filling (for some reason I am much better at feeling filling in stifles than the boss....go figure). I'm assuming it took the 24 hrs. of stall rest for the swelling to really set in.
Dr. Johns is coming out on Tuesday to look at another horse, so she'll be looking at him, too. But it doesn't look very good. Very remencient of when the crazy chestnut tore his meniscus. However, wondering if this has been on its way. He was having some behavioral issues in Aiken that we determined were physically brought on. He had his hocks injected, but that has really improved most of the issues (he doesn't look as "hocky" though).
Very, very frustrated and feeling bad for my guy. He doesn't do stall rest.
Last edited by yellowbritches; Jun. 3, 2008 at 06:26 PM.
As swollen as it is, it is probably a pretty good "tweak", unless the TB in him is causing it to swell more than it really worth. He's also not wild about us messing with it. I did just rub some Surpass on it, and he's been getting bute. Not looking forward to taking him off everything before Dr. Johns sees him. He's pretty ouchy on it all...
At least, for now, the BFG (Big Fancy Grey) is still on stall rest, until he gets his fancy new shoes later this week, and the BFG is the LFG's (Paco) BFF. There stalls are right next to each other, so they've spent the last two days making faces and nipping noses through the bars.
We HAVE dealt with that issue in the past, it can be tough knowing that if they come back, if they are going to stay sound enough to be major competitors. When Ruby did his, he went from being a Jr/AO jumper prospect to being a Children/AA jumper prospect...then he did his tuber icshi, and now we're not sure what he'll ever do.
BUT, I'm trying to think about all that too much. Just get through Tuesday and go from there.
I know part of the problem right now is that you've had this happen and know the signs - or think you do. Stay as busy as possible between now and vet visit - go laugh with Paco and his bff - I bet they're a hoot!
Best thoughts available are yours and Paco's - jingles everywhere!
Last edited by RunForIt; May. 3, 2008 at 09:00 PM.
~ it no longer matters what level I do, as long as I am doing it..~ with many thanks, to Elizabeth Callahan
Andi, crutch-free, woohoo!!!! That is good news. Hopefully we will get to see you hobbling tomorrow.
BFG can get most of his face through LFG's little feeder whole thingy, and LFG can get most of his face out, so they sit one way or the other chewing on each others faces....when they aren't snarking at each other, or me, or the dog, or George and Harley. They are a riot together...just wish they were a riot together out in the field tormenting Neigh and the the B-Man.
Thanks, all, for the jingles. Paco, the ham that he is, will be happy to know he has so many people thinking happy thoughts for him.