I thought we’d gotten lucky.
With an old sesamoid injury, it left my horse open to future injuries regarding her suspensories.
I had an interview last night, so she got a day off. Tuesday, I saw no issues with swelling/heat in her fetlocks, just like any other time. However, today, when i got up to the barn to give her feet a once over, her right front (named the “bad leg”) was significantly swollen, and running my hand down her leg, i felt her outside tendon…
… but not the inside.
It seems to be hidden within her leg. That sent my mental fire-alarms off.
there is NO lameness. The swelling is around the fetlock (will get pictures). She is not in pain. I did not know it was a suspensory injury until i researched just now, so I did ride her last night. She jumps perfect (we don’t jump high - 2’3 and lower), but I could tell something was wrong because she did not seem “as willing” as she usually is.
Bills are tight, and there is no money in the budget to call the vet for an ultrasound which would be the most ideal. My home remedy is to give her stall rest for the first week, re-assess, and if no better, a month off/until i can gather enough money to call the vet.
I feel absolutely awful. Is there hope? Or should I be on the floor bawling my eyes out?
I’m so scared.