|"Who? Me? Lame?"|
He has been a little off for maybe a week. I'm not talking off because he hasn't loosened up his newly funky stifle. I'm not talking off because he tripped in the grass and tweaked an arthritic fetlock. I'm not talking off because he stepped on a big rock with his big, dumb, barefoot feet and now thinks he's crippled for life.
Nope. Just a little off, not working out of it, and without any heat/swelling/cuts/bruises/marks of any kind on him. So I free lunged him just to make sure I wasn't imagining things....
Nope. Definitely lame.
I've had this old horse for a long while now, and because of him have become pretty proficient at performing an impromptu lameness exam. So at first sign of persistent "off-ness" I palpated his tendons. No response. I flexed him at the joints that still flex. Nothing. I tapped on his feet. No response. I basically whacked on his legs with a pole to find a weakness. Nothing.
I did find a spot of deep suculus thrush, with corresponding heel soreness. And, I thought, maybe that's it?
So, I showed up yesterday ready to do battle with sore feet and thrush (silver spray, keratex, magic cushion, the works), only to find...
|Whaaaaaaaat the efffffff is thaaaaaaaat?!|
Despite being sad he is on the injured list (THREE DAYS BEFORE A BIG SHOW), I'm kind of happy this bump showed up. Why?
1. It's a classic splint. It's a hard bump on the bone. ZERO soft tissue involvement there.
2. Now that it's shown up, it'll be just a minimal time to heal.
3. I finally have something to focus on, instead of wondering if he was somehow broken somewhere really serious and on the final leg of his retirement parade.
With a probable diagnosis I headed off to treat. Ice, bute, compression, more ice.
A trainer mentioned there's a woman coming to do laser therapy on a horse on Friday, before we leave for the showgrounds. It seems like total crazy-horse-person-wasted-money to me. Anyone have actual evidence to the contrary?