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Classic Scottie…

Scottie wearing EQU Streamz and Equilibrium Hock Chaps. Classic Scottie

Things had been going so well! Scottie had made such a good recovery from his tendon injury. his last scan looked great and we have been cracking on with ridden work. We had gotten up to 35mins of walk and starting to introduce trot. Other than being a bit weak and wobberly from the time off, he was feeling great. But in true Scottie style, he had to throw a curveball in there.

At the weekend Scottie moved fields to get a bit more grass and be with his best friend. Yes this was a bit exciting and they did have a bit of a run round together. But no worse than Scottie does by himself in his normal field. He also looked great moving around the field.

2 days later, I was walking him to the mounting block to ride and wasn’t 100% happy with how he was moving in front. Nothing awful, but there. I thought I would get on and see if he’s just a bit stiff. He felt okay to ride while I was walking around, but not quite himself. The others on the yard watched us walk and couldn’t see anything wrong. But as soon as it came to trot it was obvious he was lame. And quite lame at that.

There were 4 of us watching him move and were fairly confident it wasn’t the leg we have been rehabbing. There was no obvious signs of a problem. Maybe there was slightly more heat in this pastern & foot than the other and maybe the pulse was slightly stronger. But it was such a tiny difference it was hard to be sure. I iced and bandages his legs overnight, hoping it was nothing.

The following morning he was worse. Abscess level lame. I sent a video to our vet who confirmed it was his other leg and we made the decision to poultice and box rest and see how he gets on, with a plan to come out and see him on Friday (today). Within a few days, there was nothing on his poultice but he looked a lot better, down to about 2/10 lame. We stopped his bute so he had at least 24 hours before the vet saw him.

When the vet came out, he was down to 1/10 lame on both the straight line and on a circle. She agreed that he had a slightly stronger pulse in that foot and based on how quickly he improved, she thinks it was most likely an abscess that managed to find a way out probably under his pads. I’ve spoken to my farrier to get him out to check under Scottie’s pad as soon as possible to see if he can find anything.

But in the meantime, we have been given the all clear to start returning to normal. Scottie can start going back out in the field and start being ridden again as long as he doesn’t get more lame again. So fingers crossed it was just a minor speed bump and not the start of something bigger!

Last Updated on 08/12/2023

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