Monday, April 13, 2020

Oh, Eeyore. Only You

Hey All!! Thanks for following me over here from the original blog Roaming Rider. If you are brand spanking new here, you may want to head back there and catch up a little. The basic gist is that I am learning how to event on my Appy gelding, Eeyore, who came into my life May 2018. Prior to that I grew up a trail rat and endurance rider. I moved the blog here because I ran out of media room over there and have no motivation to redo all the videos to YouTube and reload. Not going to happen. Instead I moved here. Welcome!
So...back to the here and now.

Last Wednesday evening Eeyore came in for dinner sans muzzle and only using three of his legs. I panicked as all good horse owners are wont to do. The initial pain and edema were located in his "armpit" for lack of the real horse anatomy word and into the metacarpal/knee joint. I have no pictures of this day because panic. He was given 2 grams bute and remained in his stall that night.

Thursday he was no better. In fact, he was worse with the edema settling farther down the leg to rest right above the fetlock. He wasn't painful there and there was no heat, but he was still very lame and swollen. I gave him bute with his dinner and cold hosed the leg before he returned to his stall.

Friday I noted that all the edema was around the fetlock and images of a torn suspensory started playing through my mind. I called the vet and they asked for video and pictures. I sent both and they agreed that it should be seen. I scheduled for Monday and planned to keep him on stall rest and with bute through the weekend


The left front is in the back and you can see the swelling begin halfway down the cannon bone and ending at the fetlock. 


Saturday I was hand grazing him while Dusty installed a new feeder in his stall. I was admiring the fact that stall rest has made him a shape other than "blob" when I saw an oozing sore in front of the girth line on the left side - the side he was lame and swollen on. I poked and prodded it and pus came out. I called the vet and sent her pictures. She said it could wait until Monday when I was scheduled unless he went off his feed or had fever. He was doing neither, so I waited.
oozing sore anyone?

nasty


He was much improved Sunday once the sore stopped oozing and by Monday nearly all the edema was gone and he was no longer lame. I kept the appointment mostly because I had gotten free advice Friday and Saturday and wanted tp pay the woman for her time/knowledge, but also for my own peace of mind. I had no intentions of returning him to the pasture or riding until I knew for sure it wasn't a soft tissue injury.

I took him Monday morning after a few false starts trying to get to the vet. Sunday night we had a nasty storm with two confirmed tornados and there were downed trees and power lines everywhere. I had to back track and reroute and was worried I wasn't going to make it.

But I did and Eeyore was taken off to be examined while I was instructed to stay in my truck. I watched as he was walked and trotted on the cement walk and he was perfectly sound - phew! The vet came over and told me it was a spider bite. Apparently it isn't that uncommon for a spider to get stuck in this region and then bite. It can take 5 days to mature and then it gets real itchy. She gave me the green light for the pasture life (soon to be restricted to the barn yard for weight management) and riding.

It was the best possible outcome here and I am so very relieved it isn't a soft tissue injury. Only Eeyore though. He has now seen the vet more times in the past 2 years than Gem and Pete combined over 10 years. He is going to kill me, I swear.

But now that we have the green light to ride...Fat Camp is back on the schedule! Sorry buddy, but it is time to get fit. Um...right after I finish my birthday binge eating of lemon cake with lemon frosting that I made yesterday and ate last night for dinner, this morning for breakfast and plan to eat for mid day snack too.

22 comments:

  1. Heya! Will be adding your new blog to feedly and also my blog side bar. Instead of commenting on the new post on the old blog I figured I'd comment this on the new blog - you should continue to upload your videos to YouTube and post them here to maximize leveraging free storage haha :)

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    1. I second all of this! =) Welcome to your new space. I love seeing your farm name. <3

      FWIW, I keep almost all of my photos on Flickr and all of my videos on YouTube.

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    2. thirded haha.

      fwiw, i wrote a post handling blogging media here, including reformatting to be size-conscious. some folks read that and were basically like, "ain't nobody got time for that!" but.... eh, my blog is for me and i like it to be pretty, fast-loading, and FREE (vis-a-vis storage space lol).

      https://fraidycateventing.blogspot.com/2018/04/just-blogging-things-about-media.html

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    3. Thanks for coming over!!! I do plan on using Youtube this time around. I even figured out how to mark my videos as unlisted so only those with the specific link can see them. Makes no sense to have a blog and worry about privacy, but oh well.

      Liz - I'll look into Flickr but it may be beyond me. I'm pretty illiterate with these things.

      Emma - I remember that post and I did read it, but it sounded like way more effort than I have to put into this. I might need to go back and learn it though.

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  2. It could be so much worse, but seriously Eeyore? Lol.

    Now that I think of it, I've spent a fortune on Nay lately too...

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    1. Only he would get bit by a spider. What was the spider even doing in his armpit in the first place?

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  3. Glad it's not anything worse! But man, spider bites can be scary too. Do you think this was the cause of the leg too? AKA, does he get a muzzle back on hah?

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    1. Yeah, vet said everything was due to this. the swelling settled down to the lowest part and he was painful as the bite abscessed. I put him back out yesterday and he was galloping around like crazy so apparently he is sound again...I hope! Back under saddle today so we will see.

      As for the muzzle, I don't feel like fighting that fight again. We will be fencing off the barnyard (it only needs one side done) and he can have that while the grass is growing.

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  4. ugh eeeyore.... stahhhhp.... :(

    charlie recently used his knee cap to take off (by way of shredding the belly straps) his one and only medium weight blanket, and was left with a gnarly scab and swelling all the way around the leg. ugh. i just wish they wouldn't, tho, ya know?

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    1. Why tho?!?!?! I must have been super lucky with Gem the previous decade because she never did anything stupid. Eeyore is the king of stupid.

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    1. Welcome!! Hopefully I don't mess this one up too!

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  6. Added your new location to my feed! As for Eeyore, UGH!

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    1. Thanks for the add! As for Eeyore - at least it wasn't worse.

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  7. Eeyore is certainly giving you a run for your money these days (literally).

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  8. Added this new blog to my feed! And horses, why tho?? Glad he is on the mend! And, I'm kind of glad I don't live where spiders can do that!

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    1. Thank for adding me. He was hanging out by the water trough and I have seen black widows move in under it so thats my best guess. Generally they leave everyone alone so I was surprised he got bit. He is Eeyore though so you never know what he did to deserve it

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  9. Welcome to the new page! I'm going to add this one to my list! Love the farm name <3 And that is one nasty spider bite!

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    1. Thanks!! It took me a long time to come up with a farm name but I really like this one.

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  10. Yay blogger! Weren't you originally on Blogger or am I misremembering? All I know is I have many... many started blogger blogs on different topics but I've just settled on the one that I use regularly.

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    1. Yup - my endurance blog was on blogger and then I moved because I couldn't figure out how to upload videos and didn't know the Youtube trick.

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