Sunday, February 26, 2012

First Barefoot Trim

Jasper had his first 'barefoot' trim yesterday. The farrier was adamant about not taking any frog off, which was fine with me. I'm always worried they're going to take too much hoof off in general and leave him sore. He said there is no white line separation, and that his feet look like they're in good shape, especially for a thoroughbred. He has a little bit of flare on the outsides. He didn't seem sore at all today, even with all the dampness and muck and mud, which I'm really happy about. I'd love input from any 'hoof people' out there- how do they look? Is this guy worth having back?

right front

left front

It's been twelve days since the vet came out to look at Jasper's right front knee. He still has some swelling, but it's localized to the front. The vet said that by this point it's cosmetic, and if I wanted him to come and drain it he could. I passed... no thanks. He did say that if he's off or even just stiff I should have him come back. Yesterday Jasper got his paddock back. It was very, very, very exciting. He's had three of four PentAussie (Pentosan) injections, one more to go and he'll be good for six months.

Here he is today. I took so many clips waiting for him to trot, he just doesn't trot. Walk to canter. Canter to walk. This was as good as I can get, but I think he looks completely sound...?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

In the eye of the beholder.

It's day 6 and the swelling is down by more than half, it's localized to the front part of his knee. I'm hoping this is good and an expected rate of progress. He has 4 more days of limited movement. It's not exactly stall rest since he has a small turnout area so he can get to his water trough, but close enough. He's had 2 pressure wraps, ice, and hand walking. He's ready to get moving again. I'm not sure what happens if we hit day 10 and the swelling is still there.

Tonight he was tied up to the hitching post outside the barn with just the motion controlled spotlight on for light. He was kind of illuminated in shadows. Sometimes I look at his big liquid eyes and his elegant lines and his athletic build and something catches in my throat. Sometimes his beauty just takes my breath away.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Vet report and... knees are strange.

So the most interesting (and encouraging) thing to me was when the vet came out on Wed. morning to look at Jasper's swollen knee he wasn't lame even after flexions.

He really wanted to play with the vet tech while trotting up and down the arena. She did not seem to understand this and did not play back with him. In fact, she told him to knock it off. Poor guy. He really was being clear about his needs. She was supposed to bite his head, pick up the pace, and possibly throw in a buck and a kick or two. Two words: shut. down.

He was also making a really strange hiccuping noise that he has never made before. The vet seemed just as concerned about that as his knee.

Xray of knee- you can see the bone spurs in the circle. The vet said they were tiny and are a 1 or 2 on a scale of 10. He doesn't think there is any reason Jasper won't be able to do what I want to do with him (eventing). It looks like he injured it at some point (I'm placing my money on last summer when he flailed over a rope tied across the entrance to his barn) and then recently whacked it again.

Another side view. I feel dumb that I didn't know that horses
have 3 joints in their knees until now.

Front view. Kind of cool.

The hiccuping noise seemed to happen whenever Jasper took in a sudden breath. The vet looked in his mouth and found swollen gums and a big wad of cheatgrass stuck between his cheek and gums. We're assuming he had cheatgrass stuck in his throat as well.

His treatment is 10 days of limited movement but all the walking we want to do. He's on 2g Bute and antibiotics (in case of infection from the cheatgrass) twice a day for 5 days. He had a DMSO pressure wrap on his knee for 36 hours which I took off last night. He gets 48 hours of on-and-off ice, then another pressure wrap if the swelling is not down. He's also, obviously, getting hay without any cheatgrass in it.

Cheatgrass. It doesn't look evil.

I don't believe in coincidences and I am very grateful that Jasper was making the hiccuping noise the morning the vet came out. He wasn't doing it that night so it was a very short-lived thing, but I would have had no idea that his hay was bothering him. I knew there was some cheatgrass in it but I figured that if they can chew hay up they should be able to chew up cheatgrass up too. Er... wrong.

I also decided to start giving him an injectible joint supplement called Pentosan. It's fairly new to the US and is like Adequan or Legend but apparently cheaper. Which is not all that cheap. You give 4 injections 5 days apart and it lasts for 6 months. It's all new to me but the research and reviews are favorable.

He seemed pretty willing to calmy walk around the arena tonight sniffing everything in sight and rolling 5 or 6 times. This is day 3 with no turnout. I'm not sure how long it will be until I'm walking a Velociraptor on a Leash.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Well crap.

This is not good. It's the same one he injured before. The vet comes Wednesday morning.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Gooooooooood Booooooooy

This is Claylish. She just turned 13 and loves horses. I have a horse, but he is not a kid's horse. However, I remember wanting to be around horses so much it hurt.

So she came out to the barn just to hang out. The first time she came out she, her friend, and her dad watched Jasper bolt around the arena bucking and kicking. I'm not sure what they were all thinking, but they are all quite brave in their own ways because Claylish still wanted to get on and her dad let her. Jasper's eyes got pretty big and a little worried, and he was hesitant to go forward, but ended up following me around for a while until he relaxed. She was even able to do some solo laps with him.

The second time out and look how nice they look together. I don't get to watch him under saddle... ever really unless someone is kind enough to video me riding him. It really hit me how elegant he is. He kind of still looks like he's off to the races.

You want me to go on the bit??

We had a few... er, stumbles over one of the ground poles at one point.
There is such thing as being too relaxed.


...and, um, *cough cough* standing STILL.

Goooooooooooooooood Boooooooooooooooooy