When we left off with my last special needs horse post, Stampede had heat in his leg from the area of his missing hair down into his hoof and was quite lame but my vet was missing due to a personal illness. The vet continued to be missing for about another week and a half but thankfully she’s okay now.
So I continued treating everything – so soaking the foot, wrapping the foot, wrapping the leg. All the things!
Then we did pop an abscess!
Popping the abscess basically put us back to the slight lameness he had when the vet came so I waited for the vet to return. When the vet and I finally got in touch though the x-rays were not remarkable at all. Everything looked fine, the vet said the only thing she could be picky about is that he had slightly more sole on the outside of his foot. So we decided as a last-ditch effort we would ask the farrier to bring down the outside wall a bit and add some pads. Thankfully my farrier is awesome and came out a couple of days later and made the changes.
I gave Stampede a few days to adjust to the shoeing changes and he decided to let his hind leg crud go wild.
Finally I got on the beast and did a lot of walking and a tiny bit of trot which led to the video on my instagram (link to right) of Stampede almost falling on his face. He was sound though!
Stampede’s back however was not ready to just jump into riding so we have been doing some lunging.
So we’ve been lunging a few days a week until today when I showed up to work him and we were missing something…
Someone lost his first shoe in many years, and of course on the cursed leg. Off I went to his pasture shoe hunting. Two full surveys of his small pasture yielded no shoe which was odd. I came back in and someone joked it might be in his stall. Guess where the shoe was? In my horse’s stall. How does this happen?
The good news is the boys are due for a trim and reset Tuesday so the farrier will be out soon and I do have the shoe. I also already have bell boots at the ready. Leave it to Stampede to keep me guessing!