Monday, June 5, 2017

Vet Call Recap - Suspensory Injury Update

Today the vet was finally about to come back out and re-evaluate Casey's proximal suspensory ligament injury. This was supposed to happen a month ago, but stupid mare got that stifle scrape and messed up our plans. Since I have been out of work a whole bunch this month due to being sick I couldn't afford to take another day off to be at the barn for the vet visit. Of course then I was not at all productive at work because I was stressing the whole time...
Casey wanted all of the cuddles today
According to my Trainer, who is the one who dealt with the vet call for me (thank you!), the vet said that Casey was much improved! He started out by doing a lameness test on the lunge line. Casey apparently was able to canter in both directions (although on her difficult canter lead, she picked up the wrong lead behind and had to swap, which indicates that she's not 100%). That was good to hear, because I haven't messed around with the canter at all.

After doing a general lameness test, he apparently did another set of ultrasounds (and will be e-mailing me a copy of them in the next week). Trainer said that Vet noted that if he didn't know that there was a tear in the ligament, he wouldn't have caught it in the ultrasound. That means that the tear is really tiny and so is almost healed. Yay!
Trying to sneak-attack-cuddle me
The vet also thinks that the little hitch that I can feel when I ride (the lack of full extension in the injured leg) might be caused more by hock stiffness than the ligament giving her pain. We were planning on doing hock injections and so he went ahead and did that. Apparently when he entered the needle into the joint, watery liquid came out, which means that she did indeed need hock injections.

I'm hoping that the hock injections will make Casey a lot more comfortable. As a downside of the hock injections, Casey now can't be ridden for a few days, so when I get back on her I'm sure she'll be a hell-demon (magical-good-feeling hocks + no exercise in days = CRAZY MARE). She's super stiff and uncomfortable today and so she needs some time for her body to acclimate to the hock injection stuff. She's on Bute though, so won't be totally miserable.
Pretty eyes
The exercise plan was updated to reflect all of this new information, so Casey is going to have four days off to acclimate to the hock injections, then two weeks of 10-7.5-10 (walk-trot-walk), then four weeks of 10-10-10. After that we'll do another recheck. Although the vet had great things to say about the injury, his recommendations err on the side of cautious, because he really doesn't want Casey to re-tear the ligament. I think that it is good that my vet is cautious, because it means that he's really doing everything in his power to make sure Casey comes out of this as good as new. Another factor that determined this exercise plan is that Casey is going to need time to adjust to the hock injections. My trainer has had a joint injected on herself before and says that it is really uncomfortable at first and feels like a pressure type of pain. So Casey might need to adjust to that before we can move on to other things.
Kisses for the sweet one
All of that puts us at July 21st for the recheck, so it's looking less and less likely that I will be able to do any jumping this summer. In fact I'd say at this point I could probably hope to be jumping by October, but any earlier than that is probably a hopeless dream. This is a bummer and I felt a little bit crushed with that news, but at the same time I need to think about the long-term picture, which is that if I follow the vet's instructions Casey will be back to normal and will be able to have a jumping career still. If I get too impatient and try to rush things I could end up with a severely broken horse who can do no jumping at all. It sucks to be patient though, as it is the quality that I most struggle with.
I also loved on Ava a bit
When I got off work I sped to the barn (to get all of this information) and I also checked in on my girly. She definitely looked sore when she walked up to me, but other than that seemed to be good. She was being super affectionate; giving me cuddles and licking me all over. It was nice to just have quiet cuddle time with her. Since she is on paddock rest for the next three days, I'm going to take that time off too and not go out to the barn. I might cave and go anyways just to see her... We'll see...

1 comment:

  1. Patience in rehab will win out and you'll be jumping around again before you know it!