As you know from my last post, or if you follow me on social media, Luna hurt herself (again) last month. It was looking better, until it wasn’t – which was about a week and a half ago that it got worse.
Sent pictures to my vet and got a response of :
“We should x-ray that”
Because that’s exactly what a horse owner wants to hear late Friday night of a long weekend! Luckily she was already coming out to my barn on the Wednesday and I tacked onto the appointment.
You know when you can’t make it to the appointment, and someone else has to hold your horse, and you are just sitting and waiting….and waiting……..and waiting ? And how uncool it is to be waiting…. Yeah well I tend to just freak out. Which of course is exactly what I did. Of course. Good thing Luna’s favorite auntie was there and texting me about it.
I guess I had a good reason to freak out?
We have one very broken splint bone. YIPPEEEEEE. Not the end of the world. But right now we don’t have an idea as to what, if any, damage there is to the suspensory. Which it is rubbing on. Which is why she only had a couple days here or there of any lameness.
The surgery is already scheduled. She goes in Monday night to have surgery on Tuesday. It’s the same surgeon that did Calika’s colic surgery so I have no worries that he will do a fantastic job. I even get to watch.
Which may be a terrible idea.
But I don’t care because sitting at work, or even at home, during the surgery will make me have a nervous breakdown. I am super interested in seeing surgery done, just wish it wasn’t on my own horse.
So blog land, what are your tips on keeping an angry mare happy in a stall!? She was fine when she cut her other leg last year because there was usually an other horse in with her. BUT this time she is the only horse in all day. And there are bugs. Flies are annoying. Mare is already pissed off and you can see how strong her side eye is in the above picture….that was only half a day into stall rest…so throw some ideas at me please !
It’s been a while….again. Life, it’s busy. We went on holidays, work is busy, beagle is busy. Horse is still hurting herself.
Yup, she has done it again. For the third time in less then a year.
It isn’t as major as the previous two times which is a nice change though. But it is still a bummer.
I think it has been a month since she cut herself. Maybe 3 weeks? She has had most of that time off since she did it the same day the farrier was out and her toes were a little tender after that and all of this wet weather. See below on “wet”.
Pretty sure that I might get swallowed by the mud monster sooner then later. The horses are over this. The only dry anywhere is on the path to the barn, and the barn itself. We needed the rain, but not this much rain, for this long. All that in the forecast for next week is RAINRAINRAIN.
Well we made the move…almost two months ago now LOL. What can I say, life has been busy and I just have not had any time to blog.
First of all, Luna self-loaded. So gold star for her there.
Secondly – everything else went equally as well ! She did NOT want to share Twiggy with the rest of the mares in the pasture, but they seem to have made some friends finally ! Thank god, because my horse doesn’t make friends easily. Lol.
I really miss my tack house locker that I was able to have at the old barn. It fit so much stuff. Like all of my stuff, and there is a lot of it! I could even fit all of my blankets in it easily ! Current locker is a good size for being a barn locker, but I don’t have any shelves or anything in it and it is hard to get everything in there without piling stuff on top of other stuff.
Luna isn’t the only one that is on the move either…
R and I are selling our house ! We’ve had a couple of viewing so far that haven’t gone anywhere but at this point it has only been on the market for a week so hopefully we get something soon ! Wish us luck !
A lot has happened in the last week and a bit since I have sat down to write out any blog posts ! My life is always hectic, it’s just been a little bit more stressful lately.
Luna is allowed back into “full work” again. We are just taking it extremely slow as I really would like to keep her back protected and gain as much proper muscling as we can without over doing it. Not a lot of fast work, mostly walk/trot and long and low trying to sretch out that back and work it better.
She has been feeling so much better since the vet was out. The difference has been crazy. I had had a lady out to do a PEMF treatment on her on Friday, my old trainer, who I’ve been using as a personal trainer to help myself, is coming to see her next weekend to give us a program and see how we are affecting each other. I feel so much better when I stick to her program, so I am looking forward to what she will do for the both of us.
My parents were down the weekend before Easter and we got to meet their new doggo Bella !
There was lots of beagle yelling as she was very put out that her grandma and grandpa would DARE bring a new dog into HER own house !
But the biggest change of all is horse related….we are moving barns! It’s been a change I’ve been thinking about for a while now, but it is finally coming to fruition !
Well the vet was out again on Thursday to do their thing and find out some more stuff on what has been going on with Luna lately.
The ultrasound showed some changes going on, better then the x-ray showed the week before. Right now the vet is only grading them as being mild changes. Not exactly what a person wants to hear any day of the week.
We had a few different treatment options : shockwave, mesotherapy or injections. I chose to do the shockwave since it worked so well for Calika, and the mesotherapy. The injections weren’t a necessity at this point, and from here on out we at least have a reference point to go off if the pain relapses at a later point. Which I hope it doesn’t.
The mesotherapy was interesting to watch – even for a person that does not like needles. She got a combination of traumeel, lidocaine and dex from about her T15 to L2-ish region. It is supposed to “reset the pain” according to my vet and give them a chance to start feeling better.
day after – she was feeling much better
She has definitely been feeling better. She’s been LEAVING THE BALE to come to me when I go out to get her. Yeah, the hippo mare is actually leaving food to come and greet me. AND nickering at me. WTF. I am confused.
Which then also makes me feel like a shit owner. She has been giving my signs that she hasn’t been happy for quite some time. I just thought it was something else. Hindsight is 20/20…but still…
I get to get back on her on Monday for three light days before slowly working her back into what she was doing before. We are hoping that being able to strengthen her back/SI area will stabilize everything and maybe we won’t have to do what we do, or inject anytime soon. Time will tell.
For now she gets to have a cool racing stripe down her back 😂
The vet came on Friday. They did their thing. We know some things now. And they aren’t as bad as I thought they would be.
They are coming back again on Thursday to ultrasound and then we will start treatments right away. We’ve already gone over those, I’ve received the quotes and now it is just a waiting game.
I don’t want to go too much into it just yet as we won’t have a definitive answer until we ultrasound and see some more of what is going on.
I am very proud of my pony though. The once wild thang that used to make my one vet always say how good Calika was is now a sane, well behaved citizen for the vet. Except the one she saw when she had some tummy troubles. Because you don’t forget the vet that tried to shove tubes up your nose.
So for now we are just playing an other level of the waiting game. Just for a couple more days. I am hoping we get the answers we need and she starts to feel better!
Well today is the day we start trying to figure out what’s up with Luna. We’ve spent most of the last week and a half not doing much of anything. I had a quick ride on her a couple of days after her bodyworker came out. Lunged her once, long lined her once and went for a hand walk the other day.
She seems happy to be doing nothing right now. She is definitely happier to see me. I get nickers most of the days I have been out instead of mare glare. That makes me feel worse knowing that I was probably making her that grumpy. Hindsight is 20/20 though I suppose.
I started her on Recovery this week too and man, I have NEVER seen her dive into grain like she has since I started feeding her the Recovery. No joke. She has never been motivated or super interested in grain. Most of the time she won’t even eat it. But with this stuff she just can’t get enough. I am all about them eating what their body needs. Guess she just hasn’t “needed” other things I have fed her in the past. Whether that was the BOSS, or the probio’s etc – guess her body just didn’t need it.
And you are welcome for this rambling, stream of consciousness blog post….that I ran out of time on and wanted to post anyways. Oops !
That’s the only way to describe what is going on with my horse right now. Not quite right.
We’ve had a pretty easy week, she’s had some body work, now we are just waiting for the vet to come out on Friday.
And it’s not just a case of the Nasty Mare Syndrome either. Which it probably wasn’t when she was so nasty a few weeks ago either. I’m feeling pretty bummed out and sorry for myself. Plus I am not patient, I don’t want to wait till Friday.
I have my fingers crossed it isn’t what I think might be going on according to some people, but I don’t have my hopes up.
The above GIF is probably be best/only way to describe what my beast of a horse has turned into lately. Honestly.
She has never been one to have a shitty attitude while in heat. Ever. This year is clearly a whole different story though. She is also in her second heat of 2019. How?! WHY?!!!!! Oh wait…..it’s because there is a gelding living in the mare pen. For the second winter in a row. Did I mention she also hates him? But her hormones say otherwise….
I’ve started her on a Magnesium supplement ( that her body worker suggested like a year ago) in hopes that it would help her anger to being brushed and maybe make her a happier pony. She’s only been on it for a couple of weeks now but I am seeing a difference. I can brush her without seeing the snake face at least so I am taking that as a win.
Little backstory – a couple, maybe 3, years ago, she came in one day in the spring with a weird swelling in front of her udders. Right about where her scar from her surgery as a foal was. She was also OBESE coming out of that winter. Asked one vet – thought it was just a fat deposit so we put her on a diet. Which just stressed her out and she ate very little over like 5 days not being in her normal pen. Hey….she did lose weight which was the ultimate goal so it counts right?
She lost some weight and it seemed to help. That vet thought maybe she was coming in her first heat and it was related to that. K, whatever. But then in the fall it came back in full force and this time it was warm. Cue me freaking out. Because what’s new there?
Had an other vet out and we decided to do an internal ultrasound. Which showed nothing. But the vet that she had been a broodmare before….because she must be fairly flappy back there.
Thing’s haven’t been too concerning since then. Occasionally I notice that it is maybe a bit more swollen then normal. But this winter she has been so incredibly grumpy. She was getting older meds when she was on stall rest which made no difference really, so we ruled out ulcers. Which I only chose to do because I wanted to get that worry off my mind – the vet didn’t think it was ulcers at all.
Then she came back to work and it got worse – so out came the saddle fitter. Then she got better. Then she was even worse so I tried a new girth. Which made her better because she is clearly also a princess. In case you didn’t know that already. Then came the Magnesium.
It seems to be helping….let’s hope it stays that way. I want my nice pony back !
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