My beautiful horse has been struggling with lameness again these last few months. A couple of good weeks interrupted by several not so good weeks.
Suspiciously, he was always perfectly fine when turned out to pasture. Galloping around with wild abandon.
I tried a variety of things but also felt that perhaps rest would help. Which was a convenient thing to tell myself because my work schedule was keeping me from the spending large chunks of time at the barn anyway.
Finally, the day after Thanksgiving, the vet and I met each other at the barn. Now Voyager cooperated by showing off his lameness.
We blocked (numbed) the heel of his hurt hoof and he trotted off pain-free. Ah ha!
Then we x-rayed the navicular bone and surrounding area. The good news is nothing major showed on the x-ray.
Which, of course, is also the challenge. After much discussion we decided to inject the coffin joint with cortisone to knock back any inflammation. Note: we did this very same thing a year ago. Coincidence? I think not. Something is definitely up.
Lucky for me my vet and my farrier collaborate on challenging cases. They talked amongst themselves and decided to provide relieve by putting a bar shoe on the left foot and frog pads on both front feet.
I’ll be darned, it worked! Well, one of the three things we did worked. Or all three together.
Now Voyager and I had a lovely ride today between rain storms. Relieved doesn’t begin to describe how I feel.