In the world of the “weirdness” we left off with a plan to re-do Simon’s shoes, treat his hind thrush, and re-evaluate. I’ve been attacking that thrush like a mo-fo, arranged to have his shoes re-done on Monday and all the while he felt quite good except for the occasional tripping/falling out during our rides.
On Monday his shoes were adjusted, and while they looked beautiful… he still tripped/fell out in the hind during our ride. In-between these blips he felt pretty good, but the blips were there and my intuition red flag was a flying.
During a discussion with my husband where I may or may not have been panicking about my horse having bum stifles and needing surgery, my husband said “Don’t look a gift horse in the stifle!” That made me laugh… hence the title of this post. Anyway, when I heard the vet was coming out on Wednesday for another horse I decided to have him look at Simon again.
I gave him background on the things we’ve done (shoeing changes) and how the weirdness feels. I also asked specifically about the stifles, but mentioned they had been so good for so long over the summer/fall.
My vet did another lameness exam and said that now his front feet feel good. Since they aren’t hurting now, Simon is showing soreness in his hocks. Not super surprising given his history.
I asked if soreness in the hocks could put the stifles out more, and he said yes. That also makes sense.
So we injected both hocks, and I will give him a few days off. In ten days post injections I should see a difference. I’m hoping since his hocks will feel better, his stifles won’t be as compromised… plus in ten days I really really really hope I have my new saddle. You know how the song goes… the hip bone’s connected to the thigh bone… well, same thing in horses. All I can do is address and maintain things to the best of my ability when I see stuff come up, and that’s what I’ve done.
Fingers crossed this will make a big difference and we can enjoy another long bout of “weirdness free” work!