Monday, 30 March 2009

Williams Road to Recovery-he makes it to the field

Well he made it, I eventually was able to put Will out for a while. I fenced off a small area for him and he is allowed out an hour a day for now. Considering some of his behaviour I was fully prepared to ACP him but he really wasn't that bad.
He went out and rolled for nearly everyday he had missed and at some points was just getting up and down and missing the rolling part in the middle. My nice clean grey was standing there with clumps of mud stuck to his mane, just the way he likes it! A few bucks and squeals followed but there wasn't enough room for him to do much more but unfortunately because the field was a bit wet from the rain over the weekend the grass had just turned to mud so nothing there for him to eat and every time I tried to walk away he just walked and walked squidging it up even more. I decided to leave it at that for the morning and let him pick some grass in hand. I tried again in the afternoon and I was the only one at the yard so it was alot quieter and he was absolutely fine and was good as gold on Sunday as well.
The only trouble is he just stands there doing nothing. I have put a hay net out for him but he doesn't want that so I have decided for the moment I will do 1/2 hour in the morning and 1/2 hour in the evening and I will keep moving the fencing around each week so he gets at least some grass (as long as he doesn't keep squidging it up). Roll on the sunshine I say!

Friday, 27 March 2009

Williams Road to Recovery

Time for a hat I think!
William is feeling very jolly and well in himself now but with that we have legs flying around in the air.
To be on the safe side I have decided to pop my hat on as sometimes the feet are flying a bit to close for comfort.
I am very pleased he is feeling so well and by all means have a little bounce around but I do wish he would try and keep 4 feet on the ground!
I am planning that on Saturday I am going to start his small paddock turnout for an hour a day. I am setting up a little pen for him to go in as he is not allowed to hoolie around. Wish me luck as the way he is behaving at the moment this will not be an easy task.

Williams Road to Recovery

Will is fine. Vet has called and said the stitch must have been the reason even though both of us had done thorough search on the area at various times and all the stitches had been removed.
I can just carry on as before now and keep an eye on him.

Williams Road to Recovery

William is fine and has been absolutely fine all weekend. I was a very nervous owner going to the yard on Saturday morning because I felt that if he had have come out worse that morning after a shot of Bute I was going to lose him, but smiles all round as he is lovely and sound.
Interestingly enough when I changed his bandage on Sunday I noticed that there was what looked like a stitch coming out. I pulled it and out came a 1/2" plastic stitch. I called the vet to explain and she thought it was a dissolvable stitch that hadn't dissolved and worked its way up and out which would explain why he was so sore. I have just got to keep an eye on him and she will call me in a couple of days for an update.
06/03/09 MY BIRTHDAY!
I led a very lame horse out of his stable this morning. This whole thing is confusing me, he walks out very sore but the more I walk him, the better he is. He finished his Bute and Antibiotics about 3-4 days ago so I am thinking it could be related to that.
I called the vet and she came out again, she was as stumped as I was. Was concerned as was so sore so did another 2 taps in the joint to make sure there was no more infection in there and they both came out clear. Good news but didnt make the situation any clearer. The vet spoke to Rossdales who joined us both in being confused as to what was happening with him.
In the end it was decided that we would give him one shot of Bute and another 5 days of antibiotic. If he got better, then great, if he stayed the same we would have to talk about what medication etc we use but if he got worse there was not alot more they could do for him.
Went home very depressed. happy birthday to me :(

Williams Road to Recovery

Took Will for a walk in hand tonight and he seemed fine until I tied him up to finish his stable and when I went to walk him in he was very sore. I did think I had possibly made the bandage to tight so I re did it all but it made no difference. I have decided to wait until the morning and see how he is.
Just had the vet out for the 2nd bandage change and she has taken the stitches out and I can now do all the bandaging myself. NO MORE VETS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

William is doing really really well and getting terribly grumpy about being on box rest whilst his mates are out to play so I know he is feeling better.

I just have the last lot of Antibiotics and Bute to finish, another 3 or so weeks of boxrest, then another month of small paddock turnout so I am planning on bringing him back to work after Badminton, but to be honest, I don't care as I am just so happy he is progressing well.

And I had the bill from Rossdales this morning and i'm still smiling. Thats how happy I am!
All is well, I have William up and apart from a rather large bandaged leg he looks absolutely fine.
He has to have 1 months box rest with 5 mins in hand walk a day, going up to 10 mins, then 1 months small paddock turnout and bring back into work around May time.
I am loaded up with Bute and Antibiotics and the vet is coming out to me on Tuesday to have a look and change his bandage.

Williams Road to Recovery

I am feeling a lot better today.
I have spoken to the vets and Will is a lot better. They have changed his bandage and he walked up so much more sound. They said the bandage was bugging him ( he is such a sensitive beast ). They have done another tap and they are very pleased with the results. When he first went in there his white blood cell count was 182,000 and now they have got it down to 2.3!!! We are getting there.

They will do another tap on Sunday first thing in the morning and if they are happy I can go and pick him up. I know there will be alot of work to do when he gets home but I just want and need him to get home.

All this over a tiny thorn!

Williams Road to Recovery

The vets have called and William made it through just fine. They didn't find anything else in the joint but he is still very lame and they were hoping for a little more improvement on that front but early days. They will tell me more when they do another tap on his joint later in the day

Williams Road to Recovery

I worked my horse, William, yesterday morning and he was turned out in the field around 9:30am. He had worked quite well with no problems. I left work at lunchtime to pop down to the yard around 2pm to bring him in and he was standing by the gate. In a bit of a rush, I dragged him up the driveway muttering to myself about what a lazy goat he was being and he had mud covered legs so decided to give them a good hose off. Strangely enough he kept holding up his left hind as I was hosing but he is a bit of a sensitive beast so thought he was just moaning it was cold. It was only when I went to move him off did I realise he really did not want to move and when he did, he was crippled on that left hind!
I washed the area again and I searched and searched but I couldn't find a single mark. I was very stumped as to what he had done so decided to call the vet out to be on the safe side.

Vet arrived and started prodding and poking from the hoof up and when she got to the pastern area it was plain to see he was very sore so she gave him a sedative and clipped the area to see if she could see anything. Finally she found a very small mark and had a pick and pulled out a 1cm length of thorn. She investigated further and she wasn't happy about things and felt the thorn had gone into his joint.
The vet gave William a local and injected into the joint but what came out was not pretty. The joint had gone septic and I had to get him down to Rossdales in Newmarket NOW! After a bit of a panic about how I was going to get him there with no transport ( thankyou Susan who rushed away from her job to take us in her lovely lorry ) and phoning work to say I wouldnt be coming back from my lunch hour that day, we got to Rossdales and he went straight into X-Ray.
Basically, he had got a 1cm length of Blackthorn into his joint and in those short hours of being in the field it had turned his joint septic. I really did not realise how highly toxic the coating on a blackthorn was.
Everything was happening so fast and I wasn't really taking in how urgent and dangerous this situation was until the surgeon came to talk to me and said if they didn't do something for him now then he would die and I would lose my gorgeous flying grey.
There was no other option for me apart from to get them to do all they could to get my boy better. He went into the theatre for a general anesthetic so they could investigate the joint and flush it out and I had to walk away to have a very sleepless night.