Long time readers of this blog might have been thinking lately, “Wow – Simon sure has been super sound lately. It’s been a while since she’s had issues.”
Been a while until now, that is.
After the horse show, I gave Simon Monday off. He got new shoes, and my trainer/farrier didn’t report any weird swelling or issues.
Tuesday I went out in the evening to give him a light hack. Immediately on pulling him from turnout, I noticed his front left leg was swollen. Upon further investigation, the swelling seemed to start from the top down (just below his knee) and there was heat. He was pretty sensitive to palpation up under his knee, but hardly lame at all when I jogged him. The front left was a little short, but no head bob. So Tuesday I iced, linimented and wrapped. He also got some bute and stayed in that night.
Wednesday my trainer checked on him for me, and said the leg looked great. She sweated it just in case to make and draw all the swelling out, but she couldn’t get any sensitivity from him and didn’t see anything strange going on. Wednesday he got more bute in the AM and stayed in a 2nd night with wraps to be on the safe side.
Thursday I went back out to the farm to check on him. The leg looked fabulous. No swelling, no heat and no sensitivity. I threw him in the round pen, and he looked really good. I did a very light walk/trot ride, and he felt 100% the entire time. After my ride, I iced his front legs to be on the safe side and then turned him out. He didn’t get any bute at all on Thursday.
Friday trainer pulled him out for a training ride, and said the leg was fat again. She obviously decided not to ride, but we decided to leave him turned out and without bute to see if it would resolve itself.
Saturday I was super busy cleaning/packing/clearing out my old house, and was unable to get to the barn.
Sunday trainer checked on him in the morning, and said the leg was still swollen and looked worse to her than it did on Tuesday. She sweated it for me, and gave him bute. Sunday night I went out to see him, and the leg looked like this:
He was also very sensitive to me touching/messing with it. I didn’t jog him, because I felt like we obviously had a real problem here. What that problem is, I’m not sure. It almost looks like cellulitis, but I don’t know why the swelling would have disappeared from Wednesday – Thursday. Also, the swelling is pretty minor if it were to be cellulitis. Of course in this area of the leg there is a lot of soft tissue, but I would expect him to be a lot more lame from some kind of tendon tear.
Even though I’m confused about what’s wrong, the vet hopefully won’t be. Right now I’m working on getting him an appointment this Wednesday. Needless to say, the show is out this weekend. I will go and take pictures and pass out thank you cards to people who donated for me to show the first time, but Simonpants will be staying home.
Hopefully this isn’t a huge setback, but it might be. I too emotionally exhausted to worry as much about it as I normally would, but I do hope my sweet boy is feeling better soon.