Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Follow-up vet visit

My horse's swollen rear fetlock

My horse had his follow-up vet visit today. Each of the horses (Panama, the alpha, and their girlfriend) got their eastern and western encephalomyelitis. As I mentioned in the post about the spring vet visit last month, my vet likes to give this shot separately from the West Nile, as he says he gets a much lower reaction rate that way. Panama will get a booster for the eastern and western encephalomyelitis in the fall, and then starting next year he'll get the full dose every fall.

I also asked my vet about Panama's swollen fetlocks (see the picture above). You may remember that I skipped riding on Sunday partly because I wasn't sure what was causing the swelling. My vet says he's not concerned, though, since Panama isn't lame and doesn't have an injury. He said the swelling should go away on its own, and suggested I lunge Panama to help speed it along.

By the time the vet left and I finished cleaning out the tack room, though, it was late, I was hungry, and Panama was eating his dinner. So I decided to leave his workout for another day. But although I didn't get to ride Panama, I did ride my bike to and from the barn today for the first time. I'm still stiff and sore from my ride on Saturday, and I'm not so sure the bike ride helped. What I really need is a few more days of riding Panama, so that I can push past the soreness and start rebuilding the muscles in my thighs. Hopefully that'll be soon — providing I can find the time to ride over the next few days!



At June 10, 2009 at 4:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad the vet thinks Panama is OK - it didn't look too bad in the picture.

At June 10, 2009 at 5:52 AM, Blogger jane augenstein said...

You will get over the sore muscles soon. I used to be sore from riding Gilly once a week but now since I am riding him most everyday I am not sore anymore. Glad his leg is OK.
~jane and gilly~

At June 10, 2009 at 11:16 AM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Kate, no, I didn't think it looked that bad either -- but I tend to be extremely conservative when it comes to my horse, and never ride if I'm not sure about something. I figure better safe than sorry.

The swelling is so minor that I wasn't even sure it was swollen, but the vet confirmed it was. But not enough to worry about, apparently.

Jane, I remember getting sore like this last year when I started riding regularly. I know it's only temporary, but it freaking sucks while it lasts. I'm walking like an old lady! LOL!


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