April 12th, Friday: That morning was when I scheduled an appointment for the vet to do radiographs on Libbys hocks. To say I was nervous was a total understatement, I was expecting the worst, but hoping for the best. So when my vet came out, in good health thankfully, and we started up the x-ray machine, I was waiting to hear the words “bone chip”, or worse “OCD”. But we found nothing. That’s right, nothing. This would be great, except it doesn’t give us an answer to why shes so sore on that hock. So we came up with a new plan. Since I was going home that weekend anyways, she gets off until Tuesday, and instead of getting Bute, because I’m too nervous that she’s getting too much for her tummy, she gets Surpass, an anti-inflammatory cream applied to her hock once a day. Shes also getting this applied to her wither area, where the saddle was bothering her.
|Boo boo cream|
So while I can’t say I’m not happy that the radiographs came back clean, exceptionally clean I might add, it doesn’t solve anything, and the whole thing leaves our wallets a little lighter. It doesn’t tell us why she’s leaking fluid into her joint area, and why shes been sore. But at least she doesn’t have a bone chip, or an OCD lesion on the joint!! Optimism right?
If I come back to see her on Monday and her hock doesn’t look marginally better, then the next plan of action is hock injections, and testing her synovial fluid to make sure everythings normal. I had really wanted to wait to do this, but its at the point where shes uncomfortable, and we’ve ruled out a lot of other things. These horses I swear….
I’m also hoping I can snag a great deal on some BoT hock boots with ISellTack.com’s sale coming at the end of April 🙂 I figure her soreness is a good reason to get them.
April 13th, 2013: I am home, relaxing!!! I was able to meet up with the PJ saddle customer service rep, and got to sit in a few. Now, I am really hoping that I’ll be able to see the independent fitter while I have this saddle, because the woman I spoke with, and who showed me all the saddles is not a fitter. I would have to send in pictures in different angles to her, so she could show the fitters that work for PJ saddlery. And while I will probably still do that, I would much rather have an fitter actually there and tell me what they see and feel. But I am bringing one home, and not only did I not pay anything for it, they have a great trial program, but she also gave me their Fleeceworks PJ pad to try. I was pretty shocked when she brought it out for me, but I’m not going to say no! I doubt I’ll really be able to use it though, since I don’t want to make anything tight on Lib. But here are some pictures for you guys!!!
|The Fleeceworks pad she gave me, with the memory foam inserts|
|The saddle I’m trying.|
I ended up going with their Pro saddle, which in the demo is in Calf and grain. So we’ll see how this works….
Let you guys know how Libby looks when I get back!
|Missed this crazy boy|