Monday, January 23, 2017

The ol' wait-and-see

My lovely vet came out on Thursday to check out Kat's whole "being lame" and weird lumps.


The lumps (which to be honest I was the most concerned about) the vet glanced at, shrugged, and said "they're hematomas probably from kicking the wall. Standing wraps on both sides so she doesn't hurt the other leg and give it a few days."

Easy! Now to proclaim there's an abscess in the other leg....

Hoof testers galore and no sensitivity to them, so probably not an abscess on that front leg.

I felt much like this cat. "What do you mean let's start blocking the leg..."

We blocked the back half of the hoof and she came up sound.

Then we did x-rays, which revealed nothing more exciting than a sub-par palmar angle. So we'll put wedges on her to correct that.



After chatting more about it, I guess there's one of two things going on. 1) She's got a bruise in there that will just take some time to heal. 2) She's damaged something deep, which would require an MRI to adequately diagnose.

I'm feeling a bit morose, but am committed to staying positive for this thirty-day stint of stall rest. She's getting ten minutes of hand walking twice a day, so I'm bridling her up for one of those and practicing square halts and not leaning out of the halt. I'm also considering clicker training her to sidle up to the mounting block and maybe some other silly tricks so that she doesn't absolutely go insane with boredom.


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  1. Ugh poor thing. Mine was a wall kicker to the point where we had to get shackles so he'd stop...

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    1. I'm afraid we might be looking at these sorts of things... kat seems to fight with her neighbors a bit too much

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  2. Feet suck. Hopefully she heals up without issue!

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    1. Tell me about it. Fingers very crossed on my part

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  3. Those bumps were crazy but what a relief the vet wasn't very impressed by them! Good luck with the stall rest

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  4. Ugh frustrating. My friends gelding has to wear a chain to help him stop kicking. Hope recovery is smooth.

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    1. Definitely going to consider different things like this - might need to ask you more. My mare had the same neighbor for almost two years and got along with her really well but this one she's had two bad injuries in four months.

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  5. Ugh! I hope that it's just a bruise! FYI, Irish sometimes doesn't react to testers and then blows an abscess.

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    1. Well then I'd feel verrryyyy bad about all the bute she's getting! Hopefully it sorts out asap

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  6. Haaaate the wait and see. Really hoping it's just a bruise or something that magically goes away and that you guys are back at it in no time. Must be something in the air over here, ugh.

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    1. Dude I hate it too but you know that

      Let's get different air

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  7. Glad that the bumps didn't concern the vet and hoping rehab goes well!

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  8. I hope that Kat gets better. I did really like that cat gif though.

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