A Vet Visit and A Plan
|"Oh geez. I'm at the vet." -- Bast, probably|
I really struggled to figure out what kind of issue we were dealing with from day one. Initially (like many of you indicated in last week's post!), I thought the issue was in the right hind. Bast seemed to be moving stiffly behind, and swinging his right hind through in a very weird fashion. The leg was stepping under his body in both directions, not leaving a lot of room for his left hind. In addition it was swinging wide in the lifting portion of his gaits. Here's a video of that ride again to see if you can identify what I was seeing/feeling.
Initially, I thought I might be causing the issue. I tend to sit very hard to the right, and put more weight in my right leg/foot. This can cause a horse to step under more with that hind leg, and support more weight with that hip. However, my friend hopped on and I saw the same issue with her. Other than some fussiness in the contact and a reluctance to leg yield to the right, Bast didn't really exhibit any other discomfort.
Bast's history of bashing his left hip into a fence post at top speed has left me with a lingering fear of something going wrong with his hind end. So, the minute this 'weirdness' popped up, I was ready to drop everything and take him to the clinic for all the scans. I immediately began imagining his left hip was deformed and causing his right hind to have to take more pressure. Or that his right hock was broken. Or that he'd done a soft tissue blow out in both hocks.
With that in mind, you can imagine my mindset when I hopped back on several days later to try to get better video of the issue and Bast was more lame. I basically panicked. I figured I was going to get him to the vet appointment and find out he was going to need to be put down or have some really expensive ongoing lameness issue. Guys. I was in rough shape. So rough I missed the obvious development of his lameness in a different leg. Watch this video and see if you can tell what I missed.
Yep. That's the right front causing problems there. Ugh.
Needless to say, I got him to the vet and our exam immediately started focusing on the right front. After a nerve block indicated the issue was mostly focused on the foot, the vet suggested an x-ray of the whole apparatus to see what we were dealing with. He wasn't convinced what we were seeing wasn't resulting from issues within the fetlock.
|"Mom. I'm really worried. Am I broken forever?"|
The final diagnosis is basically 'foot soreness'. I'm figuring he started stomping at flies on the hard ground with his slightly long toe, and flared up some soreness. The vet suggested trying shoes, which we are looking into. In the meantime, I shortened up his toes and slapped a set of fly boots on him. That seems to have brought him back to comfort in a relatively short time.
|Playing the "supportive friend" role for his older (27 year old!) buddy who was taking care of some hock support.|
|He was so excited to get going.|
The treatment for the stifles is a few weeks of estrone derivative injections and diligent conditioning of the joints. It was also suggested the horse could maybe be less of a fat ass. Thankfully operation "less of a fat ass" is already in motion with Bast's grain having been dropped to a nearly insignificant portion. The extra conditioning should help him continue to slim back down to his best svelte self.
|Happy boy back with his monstrous friends.|