Timehop decided to remind me that its been four years since we diagnosed May’s weirdest injury ever. All of the below happened back in 2015… about 3 months after I bought May. It is worth noting that she was barefoot at the time.
08/31 – Rode May. Sound and happy.
9/2 – Farrier Visit
9/3 – Grade 4 lame on the left front. Worked lightly for 10 minutes to evaluate and get a baseline. Horse put away. No heat, swelling, or other symptoms.
9/5 – Grade 2 lame on left front. Only worked for 15 minutes with limited turning.
9/6 – Grade 1 lame on left front. Rode horse in boots for 20 minutes. (Pics of boots below… these are STILL going strong!)
9/10 – Grade 2 lame on left front. Rode in boots but more consistently lame than previously. I was convinced that her toe felt a bit soft. Began soaking and wrapping foot. (assumed diagnosis at this point is abscess or stone bruise)
9/12 – Grade 2 lame. Continuing to soak and wrap. Buuuuut the hoof no longer felt soft.
9/13 – Grade 2 lame.
9/16 – Grade 2 lame. Coronary band swollen. Now thinking it might be an abscess that will pop through coronary band. (could explain the VERY Lame, less lame, more lame pattern)
9/18 – Grade 2 lame. Vet visit with x-rays.
Final diagnosis? May had a piece of gravel jammed up into her white line. Given the size and location, we decided not to extract it.
Instead, we continued to soak and wrap until I was convinced her foot was going to disintegrate. At that point, I stopped the soaking and let the hoof harden back up. By that point, the gravel had disintegrated on its own, and we went back to riding as if nothing had ever happened.
Oh so… are you all wondering by now how I had such detailed info FOUR YEARS after the event? I was the crazy lady that had a post-it note going with all this info.
What about you? What’s the strangest injury your horse has ever had?