- Pulled said shoe that is half torn off - break out the hoof testers, there is a small amount of reaction to cause suspicion.
- Assistant walks/trots in straight line, turns in tight circles, lunges both directions. He is stiff, in both legs. The best way to describe what we saw was: stiffness, ouchiness and it looked like he was kicking the dirt with his toe.
- X-Rays - 6 different views were taken...and I think...I just decided I am going to write a whole other post about that in particular because it was so interesting...AS soon as I have the jpegs, I will add them in! UPDATE - Here is one of the views!!
- Did I mention - I learned to pull a shoe today..and pulled his right one....? And, it also confirmed for me that I never, ever want to be a farrier. Ever.
- Concern of laminitis....simply because he had a high digital pulse in his right leg...which I think is from over compensating for 6 damn weeks...which DVME agreed with me...AND, he has also only had one shoe on for the past 10 days...when the other shoe was taken off, he was standing better. Instantly. When farrier is back, he is going to come and square his toes up a little bit.
- Bute - 2x/day for 5 days.
- We are giving up on the animal intex pads and are now poulticing with: bran, DMSO, Epsom salt and Listerine. Which apparently is what a lot of the race track guys up here use, which can also stay on for 48 hours. For the next 10 days.
- For the next 10 days, he is confined to his cell, with 'turnout' in the indoor for about 20 - 30 minutes...sigh...poor dude.
So, now, I have a barefoot horse (who looked instantly happier when both shoes were off), who is once again confined to his cell, with a risk of developing laminitis in his RF, who will have to endure poulticing for another 10 days (at least). Not to mention one of my barn mates went through this last summer and it took her 6 weeks for the abscess to blow...Geeeeze...I don't even want to think about that. What is WORSE then ALL of that...is we are not even sure it is an abscee in the first place!!
DVME also said - look, if it was going to happen, now is the best time. It is winter, you are not showing next weekend and he will be fine!
When it comes to the risk of laminitis, because we are starting him on bute, it will take pressure off of that RF and help to minimize that risk. She was also quick to mention that any long term lameness can cause it, so we are going to have to watch him carefully. She also thinks that he will be okay. Which can fall onto somewhat deaf ears when you are dealing with a somewhat frustrated/worried owner.
The best part about this whole experience, was when we were taking the x-rays. I was standing at his head, he lowered his face to mine, looked at me, then I swear it, he pressed his forehead into mine, sighed, and just stood there, without moving, for the 15 minutes it took to take the different views. I almost started to cry. Then when everything was done, it was just he and I in the barn. I was putting the poultice on, he sighed again, this time as if to say 'Really?!'
I know I am doing EVERYTHING I can to get the damn stubborn abscess OUT of my horse...and you know what, I think he knows it too. The rest, is up to him.