Thursday, January 12, 2012


are and up and down journey.

So Lilly has felt bleh lately. Not lame, just bleh. I figure maybe it's because I haven't been riding lately. Maybe she just needs to be shaped up a bit.

But when my student rode her, she didn't look normal. She wasn't lame, but my gut was saying something isn't right. But she's not lame.

So I went to my trainers anyways and when I got there. My trainer asked me to trot her. And then she felt more BLAH! I'm like hmmm.... This isn't my normal gal. My trainer was like, she doesn't look right. She looks sticky.

So we trotted on a loose rein and still she just didn't feel right.

My trainer was told me, If I never seen this horse move I would think it's just a sticky mover, but I know how your mare moves and this isn't her norm today. I said yes definitely. She doesn't feel right.

So I booked an appoitnment at the vets for Wed. We go and she scores a 1 on the lameness exam on the flexion. He said do you want to x-ray her or what? I said let's go and x-ray her, because why not. Let's see how good my insurance is. I've never had to use it.

So 1,200 later, she had clean x-rays. Her hocks are clean. Nothing sketchy going on. He sat me down and told me to put he on Adequan and a pain med (for 30 days) and see how she's doing. He also told me he wanted to test her for Lyme's disease. I was like okay. Whatever. Didn't really think anything of it.

He calls me Tuesday I think and said she tested negative on the first two parts of the Lymes test, but tested positive for the third thing they test for. He said the test isn't 100% reliable because all it can mean is that she's been exposed to Lymes and carries the antibodies.

I gave her a few days off like instructed and started riding on Sunday. She felt great. I wasn't able to ride Wed because the rain. So yesterday my student rode her. I figure it'd be good, she'll just walk-trot her, be an easy day for her.

She's lame. She's worse yesterday then she was on my Sunday ride. I noticed in the walk she wasn't really using her hocks that well. And then when my student trotted it was definitely noticeable. Even my student's mom saw it. I'm like fiddlesticks. Fiddle fing sticks.

I was seriously sad. I got home and was trying to eat something, stepped on the dog and I thought of Lilly being lame and hurting and I just hurt the damn dog. I just started crying.

It's tough when they hurt I hurt. So I'm calling the vet today. I can't sleep right now. I'll find out what he says to do.

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