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?|
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.