Some of you may have seen on our social media that we haven’t quite had the Christmas break we had hoped for. Just before Christmas just after starting our trot work, Scottie went lame again under saddle. I got off and lunged him on the soft and he appeared sound. But lunging him on the hard he was lame.
I put him out in the field and had a look at him again in the afternoon, wondering if it was just a bit of stiffness. Later that afternoon he was less lame on the hard and the following morning he had improved even more! With the vets being quite busy over Christmas I decided to rest him and keep an eye on him.
Some days he is sound and some days he is 1-2/10s lame. If I see he is lame one day, he does improve whether he is stabled or out in the field, which makes me think stiffness or overdoing it isn’t the issue!
I am arranging for the vet to come back out and have another look at him. Hopefully when they come he will still be a little bit lame so that we can do some more nerve blocks to identify exactly where the issue is in the foot.
If he isn’t lame when the vet comes out then I’m not sure what the next step would be! The more this goes on, the more I think he has some soft tissue damage somewhere and think I want to push for an MRI scan to get a good look at what is going on.
Either way, Scottie is happy and enjoying life. Even when he is lame it is still fairly minor, so I’m sure whatever it is we will resolve this eventually. I am more than happy to rest him for as long as he needs, but I just want a better idea of what is going on now. It’s also a fantastic time to put our magnetic overreach boots and wraps to the test!