We keep trudging on. Libby still seems short when you take her out of the stall, but she has started to look a lot better under saddle. Compare these videos taken Saturday with the last ones I showed in my last post.
She looks much freer in movement, and much more even. So thats exciting! We’ll just keep doing what were doing, and see how she holds up. Were going to give her another week of flat work and then we’ll start her over some little crossrails to see how she holds up over that. We don’t want to baby her too much, because we still want to figure out what this is, but I still don’t want to break her.
Were pretty sure this is arthritic now, just because a soft tissue injury wouldn’t be getting better so quickly, and because she was never really off, just short. We’ve decided the small swelling and heat from before is from her hitting herself with her hinds, something shes been doing like crazy since her stifles were injected. Which leads me to my next question.
For those of you with horses that hit themselves what bell boots have you found to be the most durable, and have any of you used ankle boots, like skid boots? She has destroyed three sets of rubber bell boots in just over two weeks, so I obviously need another solution. I’ve been looking at the Eskadron bell boots but the thought of spending that much on bell boots kills me a little inside.
|They look durable enough…|
I was looking at the no turn bells, but I’ve heard they fit very small, and that they still turn anyways so I’ve been turned off by those. I don’t know anything about skid boots, but I’m looking into them since she hits herself in the back of her ankles not just her hooves.
Hopefully she continues to do well, and this lameness is behind us. I do think that if Libby stays sound, the next time our vet comes out I’m going to have him radiograph that right front ankle, just to make sure nothing wonky is going on in there.