I got a text from the AM feed/turnout person that Scout seemed really stiff. She wasn't sure exactly what was up but didn't see any noticeable heat or swelling. I told her to go ahead and turn him out and I'd be out to check on him. A few minutes later she sends me this:
When I arrived, he was out in the field grazing with his buddies, but when the rest of his herd came to see me he didn't move. He reluctantly hobbled along beside me as my heart sank. So I pulled off his rug and looked him over head to toe, making note of every nick and cut. The muscles in his neck near his jaw were swollen, he had a cut on his forehead, a little cut on his RH pastern, but overall no major lacerations. But when I got around to his right hind I got very concerned. It was swollen around the hock and fetlock, hot and he barely let me examine him. I tried to get him to put weight on it and he nearly fell down. So I called Emily and put a call into my regular vet, and took him outside to see if I could get him to walk and jog a little.
|My poor guy|
|I tried to chase him a few steps and he hobbled away on three legs|
Gulp, nothing like an emergency vet call on a Sunday + Holiday + freezing temps.
And while being outside in the cold was probably preventing the inevitable, after being in his stall for an hour or so waiting on the vet, the limb started to swell significantly and he became even more reluctant to put weight on it.
|Naked and drugged|
So, here we are... January 1st, 2018. My horse is on a course of aggressive antibiotics and anti-inflammatories. I spent 3 months lessons/training budget in an instant and he's facing an uphill battle to soundness/recovery. After what we went through in August/September, and how difficult that was to rehab, I'm feeling very discouraged right now.
But, this morning he greeted me in his usual way, full of goofiness and begging for treats. His fever has continued to go down (100.8 last night and 99.7 this morning) -- so the drugs are working. Now he just needs to battle the infection that's raging and we start a plan to get him back on track. It's too early to say if the soft tissues are effected due to the swelling, but for now we'll just take everything one step at a time. No point in freaking out about anything else right now (#butistillsecretlywill).
|Mouth full of drugs:)|
|Bummed he can't go outside with his buddies|
*And a big thank you to anyone who reached out on Facebook and Instagram yesterday (and to those I texted in a blind panic) -- I love this little blog world and all the of the support I feel from you guys!!