To ride dressage is to dance with your horse, equal partners in the delicate and sometimes difficult work of creating harmony and beauty.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Progress report

Russell continues to be stable on (reduced) twice-daily banamine and a morning dose of GastroGard for safe measure. By last weekend we had opened access to his covered paddock again; it has a threshold and step-down, so we didn't want him attempting that when he was still unstable. The swelling in both hind legs is gone, and he feels good enough now that when he sees me coming with the tubes of medication, he heads for his paddock to avoid me. :-) His gait in the left hind leg is slightly different; he's learned to compensate for the muscles attached to the broken portion of his tuber coxae. You can also see a subtle difference between his two "hips" if you know where to look; evidence of the broken bone. But it's not the noticeable "dropped hip" you see when the entire TC has fractured off.

Yesterday morning while doing chores I noticed a new development; he had developed a fluid pocket that looked at first glance like a second sheath!

Rick said it's probably a seroma; no big deal. His body will resorb the fluid eventually.


Tina T-P said...

I'm so glad to hear he is doing better - Hope he continues to recover. T.

Laura said...

Avoidance is the first indication that they're feeling better!! Glad he's seemingly recovering, and I'm sending good thoughts his/your way for continued progress!

Kiri's udder is starting to fill, not a lot, but noticably. Dang.

Tina T-P said...

How is your boy doing? T.