Well that was unexpected.

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.

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giraffe mode engaged

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?

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not supposed to look like that.

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.

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back to pony jail she goes

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  !

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sharing my wine

Answers.

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.

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Angry, drunk pony

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.

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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…

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pretty sure she is feeling better lol

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 😂

inconclusions?

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.

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we do know she likes having her head held up

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.

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Even when they give you the best drugs

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!

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so that we can get back to doing some more of this

 

Vet day.

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.

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just a random lexie picture

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.

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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 !