Monday, March 30, 2015

The Good The Bad And The Unknown

THE GOOD

The vet finally came out to see Loki last Tuesday. And of course by the time the vet came out Loki was perfectly... sound! Horses! I jogged him back and forth and in a circle and he looked perfectly even the entire time. They just love to make liars out of us don't they? Luckily I saved the video from before on my phone so I did show the vet that I really wasn't making it up!

We did do some flexions and Loki was ever so positive on both front ankles and hocks. The vet said he wouldn't really even consider them 1s as it was so slight and he recovered so quickly. I decided to go ahead and get x-rays of his front ankles and his left hock. 

Based on the video we figured if we were to find anything it would be in Loki's front right or his left hind. You can see in the video that his head goes down every time he puts his left front down which would normally indicate that that is the sound leg. However, the vet pointed out that he doesn't really look lame in the video if you were to watch just his legs and not his head. There was something bothering him but it wasn't obvious what it was.
This is how I found Loki the other morning. I literally had to do a double take to make sure he wasn't dead! Silly horse!

THE BAD

For the most part x-rays were uneventful. Loki does show some slight signs of arthritis in hi left hock. Not really surprising considering he raced 27 times. It wasn't even enough for the vet to recommend supplements or injections. Just something to be aware of because it could change. 

The vet had a lot of trouble getting a good picture of Loki's left front ankle. He probably took four or five pictures before he got one he liked. Each time he took one he said something along the lines of I'm not seeing anything that worries me but the picture isn't quite lined up so I'm going to try again. Unfortunately on that very last picture we did find something. Loki has a chip! <insert sad/panic face here> The right ankle looks good and the left ankle actually looks really good all things considered. But there is a chip. 

THE UNKNOWN

There is a lot I don't know yet. My vet is sending the x-rays on to a surgeon at Rood & Riddle plus I sent copies to another vet that is a friend of a friend and she may or may not send them on to an orthopedic specialist at Purdue. So potentially I will have three to four different opinions. I don't think the chip is in the actual joint so there is that. My vet said the surgeons may look at it and say to just continue what we are doing. He is perfectly sound on it right now. Or, they may recommend arthroscopic surgery. If so it will mean at least 60 days of recovery and probably more mula than I want to think about right now. If they do recommend surgery my vet said they won't be able to tell me how extensive the damage is or isn't until they get inside and have a real look. 

So everything is up in the air right now. I'm afraid to make any kind of guesses as to what the future holds right now. I just know I want to do the best thing for Loki's long-term soundness but I am very afraid of what the cost might be. I have many worst-case scenarios running through my brain but at the same time I am hopeful for positive news.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

DISRUPTIONS

Once again I have sort of disappeared for a while but honestly I couldn't stand to read or write about one more blah blah I hate winter blah blah post! I'm sure we're all pretty sick of it. Then that magical thing called Spring happened in southern Ohio and I kept meaning to get on here to update on the goings on but stuff just kept happening. So here I finally am and here is what has been going on:

On Friday the 6th the vet came out and gave all of our FFI horses and Loki their spring shots as well as checking all their teeth. Loki is due for a float in the somewhat near future. It was still really, really cold and holding horses in the cold is not so fun. However, afterwards Jay and I went skiing and that WAS fun, lots of it. And I have thought of one thing that can relate between skiing and horseback riding. Skiing will definitely teach you to keep your weight in your heels or at least not in your toes. Ask me how I know! Honestly, I did pretty good for only my 5th time ever skiing. I only fell twice!

Just after that Friday the great thaw began culminating in a really lovely 71 degrees on Monday. We've actually been able to use the outdoor arena again! Of course it is mud city everywhere and it has gotten a bit colder now just in the high 40's low 50's but I'm  not complaining, I swear! I actually got one really good lesson finally. Loki and I jumped a few little cross rails and even though he did get a little fast to a bunch of them he was mostly really well behaved. Not bad for not having even looked at a jump in the past three months.

The farrier came out this past Monday and I went ahead and put shoes back on the Mr. and with all the mud I also went ahead and invested in some bell boots.
Already been through the mud!
Unfortunately the past few days Loki has looked like this:
He doesn't look nearly as bad when going to the other side. Nobody was around for me to be able to watch him trotting to and from. I'm definitely worried because honestly he's been a little off and on all winter. Not quite to this degree but sometimes just not quite right either. He usually works right out of it (most likely some arthritis) but I'm going to go ahead and have the vet out. I'm actually waiting for a return call to find out when he can come. I can't figure out what is bothering him. There is no heat anywhere that I can tell and he doesn't seem to be exceptionally in pain. But I guess that is why we have the vet out.

There is a bunch of other stuff going on as well mostly related to our upcoming move this summer. I've already figured out that this summer is not going to go the way I imagined. I don't think we'll get to show at all. Money is going to be very tight for us for now so things like showing are just going to have to take a backseat for a while.

If you have a moment send good thoughts Loki's way! Even if we can't do much or any showing I am hoping to do a lot of trail riding and schooling, take advantage of being near my trainer and friends while I can. Hopefully Loki won't be out of commission too long.