The road to recovery

Ola ola,

Now that I finally know what’s wrong with Grumpy I can focus on recovery. Even tough I know I can’t take away the things he has, I want to make the rest of his years as nice as possible for him.

The one thing the vet told me before leaving the clinic was that it’s important that even if I can’t ride at the moment, Grumpy can’t stay to long in his box. The longer he stands still, the stiffer he will become. But how do you do that when you work 40 hours a week?

Luckily we are stabled at a full service stable which puts him in the paddock for a couple of hours every morning. Then around lunch time my boyfriend puts him in the walker and in the paddock for a little. At around 6 I finish work and I either lunge, let him go for another round in the paddock or try to make fun games with him and ending it with a walk.

It’s a bit of a commitment, but I’m already noticing he is becoming less stiff and moves better when lunging. Tomorrow I’m calling the vet for the appointment to set the injections. From there on we can start looking at building his muscles again. I can’t wait to see if it will work or not.

I got this picture from the stable this morning when they put Grumpy outside for his morning chat with his friends. So pretty!

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Kissing spine and arthritis

Ola ola,

A couple of days has gone since we visited the clinic and I’ve finally landed a little.

The days leading up to the visit I was walking around with stomach ache and loads of anxiety, cause in the back of my mind I knew the visit wouldn’t make me happy.

The visit in itself wasn’t that bad. The vet looked trough him thoroughly with taking loads of photos and echos to make sure he had done everything and checked everything. The last half hour was probably the worst, going trough every single photo and hearing him explaining everything he saw. Most was good, but then there was the news I didn’t want to hear.

I knew when I bought Grumpy that he had a bad back. I could have left him standing right there and then, but as you know. You fall in love and then there is no turning back. His back luckily haven’t changed that much. The back has become a tiny bit worse, but if you consider the 3 year gap, I thought it would be worse.

Then there was the one thing I didn’t want to hear. Grumpy has arthritis in his sacroiliac joint. The part that joins the back with the legs. As a natural reaction I told the vet I never wanted to ride him again. It’s against my interest to sit on a horse that has pain. However after calming down a bit, talking to a few people and reading about it I realized that it’s not the end of the world. No, I cannot remove it, but I can try to make it better.

It also explains a lot of the issues I’ve had. The lifting of the tail when riding, the problems with left canter. I thought I was going crazy, but there actually was an explanation.

The plan for now is to try inflammation injections to see if that will help. My vet wants to try an infusion, but of course my insurance is standing on their back legs and doesn’t want to pay it. So we shall see.

I tried to research a lot about this when I heard about it, but couldn’t find much. So I’ll take you along for the ride. At the moment I am not riding him till he has had his injections, but we are trying to find fun things to do to keep him moving instead of just lunging. If you have any tips, please let me know!

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