Thursday, November 19, 2015

Really not the news I was hoping for

The vet finally made it out to see Paddy today. I need to have my armchair vet license revoked because he's lame on the RF, not the LF. In fact, he blocked exactly the same way he blocked 18 months ago when he had a soft tissue injure in that foot. We don't know exactly what it was that he injured or how badly, but right now the assumption is that he re-injured whatever it was.

My vet would like to do an MRI, and I would too, mostly to see exactly where the problem is and just how bad it is because that might give us some idea of long-term prognosis. However, nobody can accurately predict the future, so even if he has a giant tear somewhere for the second time, it's possible that he could come back 100% and as long as I keep him on good footing, he's sound for the rest of his life. Or he might never be sound again. Who knows, it's a crap shoot either way.

So, you guys know the drill for soft tissue injuries. A month off with limited turnout, a month of tack walking once he's sound at the walk, then work him back up. Three months minimum, all the while desperately crossing your fingers that he doesn't re-injure it. Then waiting each ride to see if he'll hold up or not.

Don't worry, he still gets most of the cookies.

On the bright side, I have a Brego to ride. I'm really looking forward to it, although I could wish it was under different circumstances. He's very talented and has a ton of training, I'm just going to have to remind him of that. Our first lesson is tonight, and I expect to be doing lots of energizing walk-trot transitions (thanks, Megan!)

49 comments:

  1. Noooo paddykins! What IS he doing to himself? Jeeez

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    1. Apparently he can't do anything more than a walk outside of a manicured arena. Sigh.

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    1. We'll take the hugs, both of us. Do you have any cookies too?

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  3. What a bummer. Sorry to hear this news. Fingers crossed for a speedy recovery.

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  4. *fingers crossed* hopefully a quick and full recovery

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  5. So frustrating! Hopefully he recovers easily and quickly and STAYS SOUND. But in the mean time, I'm excited to hear about your adventures with Brego!

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    1. Yes Paddy, please STAY SOUND. That would be super.

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  6. I'm so sorry. I hope he comes back.

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    1. Yeah, that pretty much sums it up.

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  8. Barbie ponies are supposed to be magical and perfect all the time, so sorry. Hugs, hope he makes a full recovery.

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    1. Yeah, I thought Haflingers were indestructible. What's up with this?

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  9. Paddyyyyyyyyyyyyyy whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

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    1. I have no idea. Can I borrow Dylan?

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  10. I'm so sorry. Poor Paddy! I hope that he makes a full recovery and I'm glad you have Brago to ride in the meantime.

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    1. Brego isn't sure about having Brego to ride...

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    2. Just realized that his name was spelt wrong. Stupid phone. Sorry about that.

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    3. Siri is famous for her different renditions of Brego. It's pretty much a big joke at our house!

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  11. So sorry for the paddy. Tell him to stop hurting himself. Cookies for him and Chai with tequila for you.

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    1. Not sure if tequila goes with chai, but I'll try anything once!

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  12. Noooo, not Paddykins! Thinking healing thoughts, and mentally clucking in Brego's general direction.

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    1. You're gonna have to cluck louder for the big guy, lol!

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  13. Noooo :-( Paddy! Stop horseing too hard!

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    1. Yes, please Paddy, stop hurting yourself.

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  14. Ugh, dammit. Been there done that with a medial collateral ligament. It sucks.

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    1. Yeah, soft tissue rehab just ain't fun. Oh well, at least he can still eat cookies!

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  15. oh no, what a disappointment :( i hope Brego proves to be an exciting and fun mount while Paddy recovers

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    1. I'm not sure how exciting Brego is lol, but he can be fun!

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  16. Thumbs DOWN. Thinking happy rehab thoughts!!

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    1. Haha, yeah, where's the Do Not Like button when you need it!

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  17. Bah humbug!
    Not the news I was holding out for - sorry to hear!

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    1. Not the news I was hoping for either! Boo.

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  18. What the heck, Paddy?! That's taking be a dressage diva to a whole new level!

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    1. I think he just wants sympathy cookies.

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    2. He doesn't NEED sympathy cookies. He gets Cute Haffy cookies! Aren't those enough? ;-)

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  19. Rats. BUT, better to have this in the winter when the weather is about to go to crap rather than in the middle of the summer. Small consolation, I know. Follow the plan, and Paddy will be back in business in no time.

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    1. I wish he'd done it during the summer! We get more riding done this time of year than when it's over 100 out. Oh well.

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  20. Oh no! Pads is too cute to hurt himself!

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    1. I agree. No more damaging the Padster!

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  21. *hugs* So sorry to hear this!

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    1. Aw, thanks! Paddy would like a hug too, and some cookies.

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  22. Sadness. Poor Paddy <3 POOR YOU. But riding Brego will be fun!!

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  23. Hey Jen -
    I wanted to get a little more info on your experiences with soft tissue injury with Paddy. I think I may be going through something similar with my horse. If you get a chance, could you PM me? shaunatwentytwelve@gmail.com Thanks :)

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