I got to the ranch this morning and was excited to ride, I wore breeches so I could practice wearing my tall boots for the show. I almost always ride in jeans and half chaps these days and when I put tall boots on they feel slippery for a while. Yesterday I went to the mall (ugh) and bought 2 new polos- one in black for the show and one in burgundy because it matches my saddle pad. Yesterday I had 2 fences set up- a crossbar and a 2' jump with cones under it. He trotted in to each easily and cantered away. He cantered into both as well- the timing wasn't always right but he didn't hesitate. Today I was going to set up a small combination to see what happened. My mom agreed to come to the show and bring her video camera so I could get his rounds on tape.
I could tell something wasn't quite right as I approached him. His jaw looked funny, and as I got closer I could tell that it was quite swollen. The area between his jaw bones is swollen, mostly on the right side. I thought he might have gotten kicked under there. The vet came out and did an ultrasound. He found multiple pockets of fluid, but not clear fluid, which probably means puss. It's right where a lot of lymph nodes are and the thinks he has abcesses, probably from eating something and it poking down under his tongue.
It's not too tender to the touch. He's eating and drinking andwalking around behaving in his normal horsey way, doesn't have a temperature, and there's no nasal discharge. The swollen area is pretty hard, though, and looks like it might be around for a while. He's going to get hot compresses twice a day to see if we can get the abcesses to open up and drain. Poor guy.
Aaagh so no riding him in this beautiful, beautiful weather we're having. No show. I got a vet certificate so I should get my money back minus an office fee. I was just... SO looking forward to it.