Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Two Days In

Good news:

Scout is responding well to meds. His fever is staying down and we switched him from banamine to bute (to wean off over the next 6 days). The antibiotics are doing their job so far and he's being a pretty good patient about having syringes shoved in his mouth and having his temp taken all the time. His neighboring stall buddy is staying in to keep him company, so that's quelling the building #FOMO (for now). He's bright, alert and back to his normal personality of HI, HELLO, HI, TREATS?

ALERT + bright eyed
Bad news:

His leg is still very swollen. It's less hot and much less sensitive to palpation and touch but it looks scary. The vet said I could try DMSO, but it could potentially aggravate him (any suggestions for topical anti-inflammatories) plus it's not fun to mess with. For now I've been instructed not to wrap it and luckily the LH isn't any worse for the wear, fingers crossed that continues.


Like where is his hock?
Good news:

He's much more comfortable on the limb. He's not favoring it at all. I hand walked him this morning and he came out of his stall much less stiff. If you didn't know him you probably wouldn't think he was lame at all. I can see the difference in his gait and the shorter step he's taking with the left hind to support the right. He's in very good spirits and seemed to be feeling VERY full of himself out walking (it helped that the other horses came galloping up screaming).

Bad news:

I'm not sure how the next 12 days are going to go. While I'm grateful for the cooler temps in terms of helping reduce the swelling, Scout is already fed up with being inside. I've rarely used a chain on him for anything ever and today I preemptively put one on him and I'm glad I did! When all the horses came running up, he started screaming his God Damn head off and dancing around. A quick reality check and I asked him to keep all four on the floor and act like a gentleman. It helped that I had a pocket full of treats to help bribe him when he was being quiet.

WHERE ARE MY FRAAAAAANZZZZ?!
So, time to invest in some stall distractions and maybe scale back his grain intake just a little to keep a lid on things. He's also convinced that the only good hay in the world is alfalfa soooo there's that.

I'm being cautiously optimistic about his recovery. He's got at least another 12 days of Baytril to go, and a lot can change in terms of swelling etc. After dealing with his fetlock I feel like I'm more equipped emotionally to deal with the slow recovery process. Scout continues to impress me with his good natured attitude about everything and he doesn't seem the least bit worried about getting cast again, as evidenced by his constant need to roll in fresh shavings.

Stop giving me a heart attack!!!!

I'll try to update more on his progress in the next two weeks, but I don't want to monopolize the blog with debbie downer content, so I'll try to sprinkle in some back burner posts I've been sitting on.




16 comments:

  1. The only solution is to pad his stall with six inches of foam. Or maybe six feet idk. OMG Scout, stop rolling!

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    1. Seriously, or I could just tie him perpetually:) I moved him to another stall this morning while his was being cleaned and he was like OOOOHHHH Fresh Shavings!!! and proceeded to roll excessively in his buddies stall.

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  2. ughhhh what a disaster, Scout :( i'm glad things are improving but still. ugh. hopefully he kinda resigns himself to his period of stall rest and recovery with minimal drama!

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    1. I think he gave in. As of today he's like, "well, I guess this is my life now?!" I got him some stall treats and left a big bag of treats for people to entertain him with. He's trying hard to be a good boy.

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  3. Ugh!!! HORSES!!! Fingers crossed :(

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    1. Always trying to murder themselves, right?!

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  4. Oh man, so sorry to hear about his injury. Cast horses are scary! I found a young horse cast one night when I randomly went back for night check at a friend's farm because my mare was staying there temporarily. They left the barn at 5pm and I showed up at 8. Thank god I did. Crossing my fingers he heals well and is a good sport about stall rest. Would Surpass topical ointment help at all??

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    1. Oh wow, that sounds super scary! We've discussed some possible topical applications, but we decided today to try to sweat it with some Furacin today with a stacked wrap. Fingers crossed it starts to do it's job and reduce the swelling. He's otherwise doing a little better, thank you!

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  5. Could you use Surpass on the leg? It's back on the market. It's stupidly expensive, but back on the market.

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  6. That cabin fever sucks! When Pig had fat fat hinds from general trauma resulting from our trailer accident, it took forever to go away (2 months for the majority... A year for the rest). He didn't have any fevers or anything signaling infection, though. So I kept turning him out and started riding him when he seemed sound enough. It was the same time of year, so hiding from the wind in the indoor while riding was more attractive than hand walking outside. Lol.

    Good luck!!

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    1. Yea, none of the blood work or tests revealed anything to support an infection at this point. This is terribly frustrating! Oh God, I would kill for an indoor right now, even just to hand walk! He's walking on it really well today, and my regular vet and I decided to sweat it today. I hope the swelling goes down overnight!

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  7. Sooooo nerve wracking! Wishing you the best through this time.

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    1. Thank you! I love having all you guys for support!

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  8. You should invest in one of those stall slings the vet clinics use to keep a horse off their feet, that way he can't lay down and roll in his stall ;) hahahaha (if only it was so easy!) Hoping he continues to heal well and that the swelling goes down!!!

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  9. I keep thinking of you guys. Hope things are going well.

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