The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Going to channel my inner positive person instead of whine and worry like I want to. We’re only allowed one negative nancy post per quarter!

The Good
My new vet is awesome. She told me to email her videos or any questions. This is greatly appreciated, because I am a huge worry wort… I don’t think this fact will surprise any of you.

I turned Simon out in the round pen tonight. He acted all chill and “oh yeah, I’m just a little well behaved pony and I’m just gonna nom nom nom on this grass… Nooooothing to worry about here mum.” When in fact I have reports that he started galloping in circles as soon as I pulled out of the driveway. Oh well, they said work was good for him right?

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After having a heart to heart with the barn owner, Simon’s stall was lovely tonight. I don’t like to complain about barn things on my blog, but there have been some issues. Still, it looked great and I appreciated the quick turn around.

Lunging your horse means that you get to put cute fly bonnets on him again. Oh yeah.

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The Bad
He wasn’t sound tonight. He was favoring his RH a ton and didn’t want to stand without resting it, especially after lunging for 10 minutes off/on trot. I took some video for the vet, but it’s hard for me to tell a lot. She said he could (should?) be 80% today. Sometimes I look at the video below and think he’s just the same as he was for the vet appointment Tuesday, and sometimes he looks like he may be 80%. He’s definitely better to the left than he is to the right, and the hard part of the round pen he looks more off. I’m sticking with the plan, but am anxious for the vet’s feedback.

The Ugly
I’m so broke right now. Do not pass go, do no collect 200. Send 200 for teeth floating. Send more for spring shots, and the rest for the lameness evaluation and hock injections. I’m not upset and I don’t think I was charged unfairly or anything but dayum. Oh we’ll, it’s just money. It will get better.

And he will get better. He will get better? I was so elated Tuesday after the vet, but really did expect him to look better than he did tonight.

We will get through this. Just kind of been on an emotional roller coaster this year and I’m really ready for it to level off.

Update – My amazing vet emailed me back on her day off. She is the best vet ever. Anyway, will take a full week for the injections to take effect. Will keep working on the lunge line up to what he feels like. Ok! Feeling better now.

21 thoughts on “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

  1. Umm. Who says you’re only allowed one negative post per quarter? If so, I have exceeded my quota :s

    As for Simon, it sounds like he is in good hands with your vet. He WILL get better! And going into financial ruin will be worth it (or so I keep telling myself).

  2. It will take time… as someone who has had multiple joint injections,,,, they hurt! And it takes a couple of days for it to start working and for you to feel better. Light work for a week and you should start to see a difference. Don’t be afraid to cold hose/ice if there is any mild heat in his hocks, it will make him feel better for the first day or two as his body adjusts. But he will feel better soon 🙂

  3. It seems like every horse reacts to hock injections just a bit differently. My horse was instantly better. My friends horse took a few days and gradually got better.

    As for money and horses, I have no great advice. Towards the end, I was spending $300-$500 a month on vet visits. It was awful and stressful not only because I was broke, but because my horse was too. But I also know that I would spend every cent to do right by my horse and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

    Simon will get better and I know you will look back on this time and be glad that you are doing what you’re doing. Hang in there!

    1. Yeah, we’ve all been in this situation. It’ll be okay. Not going to the movies or buying new flats is totally worth his health and happiness!

  4. For what it’s worth, he doesn’t look too horrifically lame in the video but then I don’t know what he looked like before…
    Give it time like everyone else says… and keep I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you.
    sounds like your vet is a keeper!

  5. That fly bonnet is adorable.

    To me he looks more off to the right than left, and not toooooo bad to the left. I’ve seen horses take the full week to do better after joint injections – I would wait further!

    Good, communicative vets are such a blessing.

  6. Your winter has seemed almost parallel to mine, right down to the same vet bills…(and possibly even the barn problems). I’ve personally hit a wall, so good on you for staying positive. I’m happy to hear the new vet is working out so well. I know I owe so much to my new wonder vet.

    Hang in there. Here’s to a summer of soundness!

  7. I bet you see continued improvement over the week. I think that you have been crazy positive through this whole thing. I probably would be (and have been) a big debbie downer, negative nancy, pessimistic pam? Chin up 🙂 Crossing my fingers he continues to get better. Also glad that his stall was fixed.

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