Tuesday, August 18, 2020

It Has Been Quiet For A Reason

The blog has been rather quiet lately because....well because Eeyore is lame again. And I just can't handle it at the moment.

His vet check had gone so well the end of July with the green light to put him in small turnout and to begin canter work again. I rode that same day with Trainer AB and she said he was moving the best he ever has. 

Reusing media because that’s all I have in me


I continued the short canter set work at home just as prescribed by substituting the middle trot set with canter work making sure I went both directions and limited it to 5 minutes total which honestly I didn't even do a full 5 minutes at first choosing to slowly work up to it. 

He was happy to go left from the get go but the right lead was sticky which it never has been. He's been tricky in a lot of ways but getting the lead has never been an issue. He did pick it up but it was hard to do and he quickly dropped back to a trot instead. Again, not like him. 

At first I thought it was a weakness issue but it has persisted and now he has a small amount of swelling back in the right front leg. I jogged him on the line the other day and while he is not head bobbing he is most certainly NQR. Sigh. 


And honestly? I'm about to give up. I don't even know anymore. He is now back on full stall rest with a standing wrap (had left the wrap off during the day in the pasture and wrapped him in Fat Camp overnight), the farrier is due out this week and I will ask him if he sees anything, and then I don't know. We are supposed to be on limitless flat work come September 1st but yeah...doesn't look like that is going to happen. 

I know horses suck. I know I got really lucky with Gem being completely sound for 10 years of riding and competition. I know none of his injuries have occurred while riding. They all happen from stupid ass pasture injuries. I know. It doesn't make it suck any less to have this horse in my yard that I adore and who will not stay sound. I've had him a little over 2 years and for more than half that time he has been hurt or in rehab. 

If we didn't have 3 other retired horses I'd give up on him and get another horse to ride. But even that isn't a good answer because the dude loves to be ridden, loves to explore, loves to jump. He is only 10 (maybe 9 but I think 10) and he can't be a pasture puff for the next 20 years. I'm debating selling him if I can get him sound to sell. I'd be 100% honest about him and his time with me. I really think he'd do better in a different situation. He loves being in his stall and thrives off a busy barn yard plus he does better with more frequent riding than I can give him so I think he'd do amazing at a busy lesson facility with individual turnout for short periods. Its the life style he came from and I think maybe the semi feral 24/7 outdoor large acre pasture lifestyle isn't suiting him. 

Eating my depression away like Eeyore


But ya know - who would by a highly accident prone horse with a heart murmur? I don't know. 

And it sucks because the year he spent sound and happy? It was AMAZING! He took me over jumps I never thought I'd jump. He built my confidence up and dared me to dream. And now he remains lame and I'm so done with it all. 

I have no current plan beyond back to stall rest, have the farrier look at him, back down to walk work only and re evaluate in 2 weeks. If no better we will re appoint with the vet and see what is going on. Until then I'm concentrating on getting Wyatt's school year off to a great start, realigning my business goals and hiking my blues away.

25 comments:

  1. I’m so sorry :( it just doesn’t seem fair. I haven’t had to deal with soft tissue injuries so I don’t have any insight as to why this might be happening, but my fingers are crossed and I’m rooting for better news soon!!

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    1. Dusty says I need to be more patient but like nothing changed except allowing him to canter again which was vet approved so either he wasn't as healed as we thought or he reinjured it somehow but come on man, give me a break here.

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  2. Oh no, this makes my heart hurt for you :( I hope it ends up being no big deal, and honestly, your assessment of E's ideal living situation sounds like a great plan, as much as it sucks.

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    1. I'm hoping taking it back a step and giving it more time will work. The US looked amazing a month ago and the vet said everything was great so I don't know. Maybe he has an abscess or soemthing else? Who knows with him. I tired of this game.

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  3. Oh no, so sorry to hear this. I think your plan of waiting it out for a couple of weeks is good and maybe the right place would buy him and he could work for their needs. It really, really sucks tho. Like really sucks.

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    1. Fingers crossed he just needs a little more time than the vet thought. I'll check in on canter work again in 2 weeks and see how he goes then figure out the next step

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  4. I think the fact that you said he has been lame for over the half the time you've had him means you're headed down a tough road with him. Could you find a trail home for him? Maybe give him to someone with the option to take him back so you know where he ends up? It's beyond frustrating to have a horse who can't stay sound.

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    1. The thing that sucks is that it isn't a chronic lameness or a degenerative issue. The first time he went lame because he ripped half his hoof off the day after I brought him home and I needed to wait for a new hoof to grow which took forever. He was then fine until this past spring when he was out due to the heart murmur as I waited for clearance to ride, then again with cellulitis to the left front from a spider bite and then to the right front with the annular ligament. Its been one thing after another.Once he heals one stupid thing he creates a new problem. Otherwise he is sound and rideable to do anything...if he'd stop with the weird issues.

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  5. Hopefully something good happens that can turn things around as you bring him sound to sell. Fingers crossed.

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    1. I'm not even sure who'd I market him to or how. Hoping he comes sound and freaking stays sound and I won't even have to deal with this.

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  6. Noooooo Eeyore.... I'm so sorry he's lame again. That really sucks and I feel for you.

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    1. Thanks. Farrier didn't see anything so it is back to stall rest and wrapping for a while.

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  7. Noooooooo Eeyore!!!!!! Whyyyyyy??!?!?!?!?!! You have such a great life!!!!!! Soft tissue injuries are seriously the shittiest things ever- Fingers crossed he magically gets better soon and was just pulling your leg :(

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    1. I think he aggravated in out in the pasture. He came in missing the bell boot from that leg too so he obviously was not making smart life choices.

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  8. I swear that Irish spent 2 years trying to cut off one leg or another. I would get him back and then..... it was very frustrating. But then he like, pulled his head out of his butt and stayed pretty sound. Well except for the neuro thing. So maybe ignore me. :) It might just be a little ding that will heal up quickly.

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    1. Maybe Eeyore will learn to pull his head out of his butt too.

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  9. Oh, I'm sorry to hear he's still not right! You would think that how you keep your horses would be ideal, but I guess it really does depend on the horse! I hope he comes right soon!

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    1. I had a serious talk with the Hubby about it last night and while I adore Eeyore if my style of horse management isn't in line with what he needs to be healthy then it isn't going to work out. We will see how this plays out.

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  10. Ugh this is so incredibly frustrating. It's truly amazing how some horses will never take a lame step and others are impossible to keep in full work. Wishing you luck in whatever direction you decide to take with E.

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    1. Thanks. Yeah...I think if I hadn't had Gem for so long and stay so sound I'd be second guessing everything right now. But I know how I manage horses can work since it did for Gem and Pete and heck even old man Imam loves the life style and is thriving. So why cant dumbass Eeyore just get with the program?!?!?!

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  11. I hope he gets better and its just an abcess or something. One thought. COULD you board him for a month or two elsewhere just to see how it goes? Iknow it is more money but may be worth to see if he is better. Good luck!

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    1. That is a thought that has crossed my mind. It would be an added expense but maybe worth a shot. If I did I 'd want to find a place who could use him in lessons to help pay it down as well as keeping him more fit. I'm going to speak with MD to a) get back to riding Fenix with her and b) see if maybe she could use Eeyore since her barn is super close and all her horses are happy, healthy and really well trained.

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    2. sounds like a plan! the best thing I did was take Remus to Trinity to be used in lessons!! He is doing great and we are riding better than ever. People look at me askance when i mention i have a barn but board my horse....doesnt have to be long term just see how it goes!! Good lucK!!

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  12. No advice. Just commenting to say that I had an accident prone horse with a heart murmur who wouldn't stay sound but loved his job... and it sucks.

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    1. I know you have even more experience with this cycle of nonsense that I do and ugh. I feel for everything you went through.

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