Friday, January 21, 2011
And the vet says...
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.