This is a tale of the boy who cried wolf and the crazy cat lady …
My horse has had a very low key schedule this past week. Monday, light hack. Tuesday, new shoes, no riding. Wednesday evening, walks out of the stall with this:
Pinched around a bit, he wasn’t tender. No discernible heat (Hard to tell when everything is hot because it’s hot.). Took him in the round pen, he was sound both directions. Threw some tack on him, sound to the right, maybe possibly slightly stepping up short with the left hind when tracking left, but it could have been my imagination. Hose left hind & wrap both hinds. Realize cold-hosing in July in Texas isn’t all that cold and make a mental note to use ice boots tomorrow.
Thursday, trainer pulls wraps for the day, but Eli stays on stall rest. No swelling when the wraps come off. Thursday evening, swelling up again. Ice left hind and rewrap.
Friday, call and schedule an appointment for an ultrasound on Monday. Eli stays on stall rest and hinds wrapped except when I graze him and give him a little free time in the round pen and ice the left hind. Swelling doesn’t recur if he stays wrapped.
Monday, ultrasound is clear and Eli flexes sound. No restrictions, but if swelling recurs or he comes up lame then reevaluate.
I don’t even know. Thrilled with the outcome, unquestionably, but this horse is really confusing sometimes, with his random swelling episodes. I feel like I have reached the crazy-cat-lady level of paranoia. But look at that top picture and tell me what *you* think it looks like. Not that you even need to, I already have the opinions I seek out in cases like this, but what would you have thought had you seen your horse’s leg like this?
I hacked him around yesterday after his ultrasound, and he felt fantastic. Thought he might be a bit fresh, since he had done nothing for a week, but considering it was his nap time and already like 95F, I really had nothing to worry about. He marched around like a professional.
Although typically Eli’s random swelling turns out to be nothing, this isn’t going to change the fact that if he has swelling below the hocks or knees and I don’t know why I will want an ultrasound.