Well, we didn’t scope him. We have bigger fish to fry. He was so sore in his hind end (probably stifles like I suspected, left hind much worse) and he was actually sore on his front feet again (left front worse), that he practically didn’t know what leg to limp on when the vet was doing flexions.
Fortunately vet didn’t find a tear or fluid or anything dumb like that via ultrasound, and all xrays looked as they should for him (no, not clean, but he is 17 and he has been dealing with issues for years, so findings were not unexpected). Vet and I decided to inject his stifles (2 on each one) and let that ride first and see how he does. I already injected his front feet in March so I wouldn’t redo that anyway. Plus, I kind of wonder if that’s secondary for his hind end soreness all of a sudden.
So even IF I can take him back to the pattern pen this year, well, we’ll worry about that later. Vet thought I could run him on Lasix yet there’s just the strange possiblity that maybe his nosebleed was just a freak thing. I could also be a side effect of the pentosan that I’ve given him for years.
I haven’t ridden him yet. I wanted to give the injections time to reduce the inflammation that’s there, and then start riding again next week and see how he does.
So… I took my other horse to a local horse show instead last weekend, and she got entered in everything. I’ve never done that with her yet. I’ve entered a class here and there, but never everything (hunter under saddle, hunt seat equitation, hunter hack, showmanship, western pleasure, horsemanship, trail, reining, barrels, poles, keyhole, and spur). I really was pleased with her in all the showing classes. Far from perfect, but I literally threw her to the wolves. I haven’t even put my English tack on her in about 8 months and we just threw it on and went. She’s a good girl.
I’m getting some videos uploaded of her. What the heck, I’ll post them. She’s a beautiful mover if I do say so myself. So fun to ride. She’s more on the anxious side of things, which was evident in some of the classes, but it’s okay - she’ll figure it out.
Unfortunately she’s also the horse I am struggling with some respiratory issues (I have another thread on her) so I scratched the last two speed events. She wasn’t recovering her breathing correctly after the barrels and poles. I’ve done her prescribed medications all week per the vet with the nebulizer, and we’re going to a barrel race tomorrow so we’ll see how she does.
I probably think I should make more of an effort to do more English stuff with her. I think it suits her!