Friday, January 21, 2011

And the vet says...

Alexandre & Jasper: "It's cookie time, right? As in NOW, right?"

The vet took Jasper's stitches out on Tuesday and said he's healing well and really fast. She said she was surprised at how good it looks and that she was expecting it to look a lot worse at this point. It looks like he is always going to have a bump there where the muscles pooched out, but it doesn't look like it is in a place that will bother him or rub.

So... phew.

He's stallbound at the moment, but hopefully the BO will be able to make him a little makeshift "run" off his stall this weekend. We're talking 8x8 or 10x10, just enough space he can get outside and to the waterer. It's mostly to help him transition to being outside again without going ballistic. Uh, we'll see. On Monday I can start hand walking him 5-10 minutes a day. I have mental pictures of me flying a kite, my horse floating above me over treetops and in the clouds...

Though I have to give the little guy a lot of credit. He has been a star patient. This is a horse that flinches and acts like you've just beaten him when you pull a scab off or even just a snowball off his fetlock hairs. He requires a soft gooey curry and soft brushes. He can stand in one place for about 10 seconds before moving sideways.

He let me clean out the wound every day. Because it was so deep I had to squirt syringe-fulls of saline solution into it to help it drain and heal. I used warm water and rags to clean around the stitches and wipe up all the drainage, it was not pretty. I used freezing cold water from the hose and a lot of soap to clean up the rest of his leg. He didn't move a muscle. He put his head down and went into a zone and didn't move until I was done. It was amazing.

Alexandre got a lameness exam. He's now on 3-4 months stall rest (4 months because he technically has a small 'run' off his stall), and his new owners got Adequan for him. I think this is awesome. He really, really, really objects to shots so that part could be interesting. He is also on 5-10 minutes of hand walking, although only if he actually walks. If not back into his stall he goes.

I highly recommend Dr. Jackie Anderson. She's excellent.

6 comments:

achieve1dream said...

Sheesh poor boys. They need to take it easy lol. I'm glad they both seem to be healing up and are being good patients. :)

Stacey said...

Glad to hear his recovery is going well!

I'm still laughing at the mental picture of flying a horse kite. I usually describe it like I'm a deep sea fisherman reeling in a Marlin and watching it leap out of the water in the distance, when they act up on the longe line, lead line, etc...

manymisadventures said...

Aww, Jasper is such a good boy. Poor thing, I'm glad to hear he's healing up well.

Good luck with the handwalking! Wear gloves ;)

EvenSong said...

I'm glad Jasper's doing better--You deserve some good news! Seems like Alexandre handles his confinement a little better--the wisdom of age? At least they have each other to commiserate.

Albigears said...

Kite flying and Marlin fishing- perfect!

Hahahahahahahah

It IS nice (???) that they've been stuck in stalls together. I think it's how Jasper has been able to keep his brain intact. If Alexandre had access to his run Jasper would have gone bonkers. During the lameness exam they took Alexandre in the arena and Jasper did airs above ground while tied to the post (in full view of Al the whole time).

manymisadventures said...

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