I’m not really sure how to start this post, but here it goes…
Spot has a soft tissue injury or bone bruise in her lower left pastern.
She has had this strange on again off again slight lameness going to the left and it got worst last week so I called to arrange for a lameness exam to see what was going on. She flexed out fine on both legs but when trotting on hard ground to the left she definitely was a bit off so we did a Palmar block. No change with that so we went up one more and did a Abaxial and that seemed to do the trick. We did x-rays to see if there was anything bony that was causing the issue, but nothing showed up. The interesting thing is, she has no swelling or heat in her legs at all. In fact, the vet was really surprised that the tendons in her legs and x-rays were so clean. So, basically she told me that I would probably need an MRI to see what was really going on or to give Spot a long rest and then see what we have after 8 months.
I’m pretty upset…I’ve been going through phases where I’m depressed and want to cry, and some moments where I think I’m ok and the time off will be good for both of us. So, we begin our long and arduous journey in rehab/time off. Spot is good in pasture so she’ll still be turned out, but we’ll be hand walking for 30 minutes for 30 days, then 45 minutes for 30 days, then 1 hour for 30 days. After 1 hour of walking is reached I can see what I have and maybe get on and tack walk, but we’ll see. The plan is to hold off on the MRI for now and if Spot is still off after 3 months off we’ll then take her in for one.
Does anyone have any tidbits of wisdom for us while we go through this? I’ve never dealt with a soft tissue or bone bruise before so any personal experience you guys have would be great.