Yo horse’s leg so phat you get a three week vacation. Oh snap!
So – Simon saw the vet yesterday. This was a new vet to me, but I really liked him. He was patient, thorough and seemed respectful of my finances which is always appreciated. Anyway, you don’t exactly care about my impressions of the new vet so let’s move on to what’s wrong with Sir Simon Pants.
The short answer is a strain to the suspensory.
When I arrived at the barn Wednesday night, the leg actually looked pretty good. First the vet looked it over, and said he felt some fluid still in the upper part around Simon’s cannon bone. Next we moved on to jogging & flextions. Simon jogged out pretty damn sound, but flexed very lame for a few steps for the suspensory. After the lame steps, the vet palpated the leg even more and narrowed down where the inflammation was. He had me feel the difference, and although it was slight I could feel that the tendon was fatter in his left leg.
Even before we got this far, I had wanted to do an ultrasound to know 100% what we were dealing with. To me, there’s too much soft tissue in that part of the leg to mess around when swelling has been present for more than a few days.
When Simon was standing, the ultrasound didn’t show much of anything. I hadn’t actually had a vet walk me through how each tendon looks on the ultrasound before, so that was educational. After the vet looked around with the tendons tight while Simon stood, he picked up the left front leg to relax the tendons.. which shows a more detailed shot.
This is where we saw the inflammation area. It wasn’t huge or scary or torn in any way, but it showed up on the ultrasound. Honestly, I was expecting some kind of soft tissue strain so the news doesn’t phase me very much. I’m actually happy with the suggested treatment, which isn’t as severe as I thought it would be.
Simon will be on stall rest for another week with icing and a mud poultice to his leg daily. After that, he’s allowed limited turnout with standing wraps in the round pen for two weeks. When that is over, I can hop on and see how he feels. Assuming he feels good (we think he will), I’ll slowly leg back up to full work. No crazy treatments or injections or mysterious diagnosis. I’ll put him on Previcoxx to help with inflammation for a month, but we should be good to go in three weeks.
Granted, should is always iffy with horses.
The good news is that we caught this really early. Granted, he did get ridden once and turned out a few nights in the middle of the off/on swelling but the ride was light and he’s not typically a terror in turnout. If I hadn’t gotten it checked out, that strain would eventually tear or snap and then we’d be in for a lot of trouble. So really, I’m viewing this as a three week vacation in the hottest part of the year when I have a lot of personal stuff to attend to. Not a bad outcome at all.