I’m very grateful that I have a husband who understand animals and is supportive of my horse hobby. He was on board with me getting a follow up treatment for Scarlet 2 weeks after the first one, even though its an extra expense for us. It worked out great as Scarlet had a farrier visit on Thursday. It was just as bad, if not worse than the last one.
My farrier does a good job and he listened to me saying Scarlet needed a break. It is just very hard on him. I don’t think it helps that he has little muscling at this point. But we got it done over the course of an hour. I was very nervous about what he would look like the next day balance wise.
Friday he seemed pretty good. It had poured overnight and the ground was super super slippery. I’d been planning on giving him a day off after the shoeing so it worked out well. I could still get to all his feet and do his exercises with him so he seemed to be okay. Less sore than I had expected.
The soreness just came later. Saturday Scarlet was definitely having issues. He was leaning to the side a lot and had difficulties letting me pick his hooves. Sunday was even worse. I couldn’t pick up the left hind, the one he supports himself with, to clean it. We truncated his stretches since he was having issues balancing. It was painful to watch him hobble around his stall. I was very, very worried. I’d talked to the vet on Friday and had an appointment scheduled for Monday morning though. Pretty much as soon as I could manage it after the farrier visit.
The vet came and did her thing this morning. He actually looked better when I was out there before she came. A bit less unbalanced and I could pick up all his hooves and do his stretches, though it was difficult. He relaxed into his acupuncture and PEMF and was moving better by the time we were done. I’m looking forward to tomorrow to see how he does walking around a bit.
I’d asked last time about balance boards and she did a bit of research into it. She thinks it will be okay if we do the firmest boards and start small and carefully. So I’m going to look into that to see what the cost of the boards would be.
I’m so glad I could get a treatment into him asap after the farrier visit. I just hope that we can slowly work our way back up with walking again. Regaining some muscle would greatly help with these types of problems. But trying to regain the muscle causes soreness problems. Its a delicate balance I’m working with. Luckily, it will be dry for a while so we can go for walks and work our way up from there.