I had the vet out to look at Ava’s legs this morning. I am frustrated.
He did flexions, hoof testing, checked the stifles, and the SI joint. He didn’t do x-rays though. Apparently I have to haul Ava to his facilities to get those done.
He said he could see that she was short striding a little on the left hind and that he didn’t feel it was related to the cut she has on the right hind. He said the cut is healing well.
He said that it is probably the beginnings of arthritis, but he wouldn’t know for sure without x-rays. So he gave me horse aspirin, told me to give that her for one month, and if she’s still off to bring her in for x-rays. Then he charged me $243.00.
I had really wanted x-rays done. I had really wanted definitive answers on what is wrong with Ava.
Oh, and to end the visit he suggested that maybe Ava was at the top of what she could do dressage wise, and maybe I should buy a new horse. 😦 Bah. Don’t tell me that! Ick! Like anyone wants to hear that crap.
I’m going to buy some joint supplement stuff, figure out what else I can do to help ease the pain (without drugging her), and put her back into basic work. I won’t do anything requiring real collection until her fitness level is back up to par.
And if in a month she’s not significantly better, then we’ll go in for x-rays and possibly the dreaded injections. Although, who knows if that’s even possible. She’ll try to kick your head off if you poke her with a needle in the neck, I’d hate to see what would happen should your head be near the leg. Oh well, we’ll see…
Not the greatest news to hear. Not the worst.
Do any of you know a way to protect Ava’s stomach from aspirin? I’m hesitant to actually put her on it. Any one have any experience with it? I’d never heard of putting a horse on aspirin for a long period of time (more than a day or two).