I'll be gone til next week and although I do hate to leave on a bad note...
I thought you all would like to see Beretta's X-ray...
(double click on it to enlarge)
As much as I hate to say it...I don't think I am going to pursue options any farther.
It was suggested to me by my farrier that if I really wanted to know the condition of the tendons, I should take her to LIttleton Large on the other side of the mountains and have her ultrasounded. However, there appears to be no actual damage to the tendons-no swelling, thickening or bumps or obvious damage. So, the only possible damage may have been is where it attaches in the hoof.
Does that really matter at this point?
Beretta is currently sound and plumb happy to be back on turn-out. She isn't going to be started under saddle until this fall, although I will probably start doing some groundwork, saddling and driving throughout the summer. I would think that any possible damage done to the tendon would have healed by now. The vet agreed with me and thought it would probably be a waste of money and effort at this time to worry about ultrasounds, etc. He said to simply treat her as a normal horse, keep her feet trimmed regularly and keep her weight in check. Regular exercise (turn-out) is good, but she also needs to be able to get rest. Her current living arrangement is ideal.
So that's that!
Once again, I have lost my intended use for a prized filly.
Raising babies SUCKS!
No. Not really. I don't think I could ever give up raising my kiddos. It's just that when you raise each one to be special...
Lisa asked if I thought Beretta might be able to be a show horse. I guess we'll find out next year. I like showing my youngsters anyway. Anything else to decide is a few years down the road. Not gonna rush into worrying about that.
As if that wasn't a big enough blow this last week, today, I got the sorrel horse, Bugs up and was giving him a thorough grooming and working on his feet. And then I got to looking...
(Sorry, no pics at this time, I was once again trying to do too many things at once in preparation to leave for the weekend.)
I'll be damned if he doesn't have one knee that is getting big. As in...it looks like calcium deposits...not injury. I thought I was just seeing things. I only really noticed it because I happened to look at him straight on while I was working on his feet. There is no mark, no puffyness, no heat...nothing...it just looks bigger. Another mystery to explore when I get home.
Holy Hell...whatever is in the air that is kicking all of our butts and our horse's butts....Needs to blow on through, cause I don't know how much more we can all take!!!