I haven't posted in awhile because I don't have good things to report and I hate being a whiner. I wish I could say that Kaswyn has been getting better and better. But that is not the case. He's not getting worse, but he's just not consistently sound.
On his good days he has no swelling behind the pastern, but he still flinches slightly when I touch it. He is hardly able to contain himself when I hop on him (always bareback, and usually in a halter). But he is a bit off in the corners by short striding the left front leg, and sound on the straight line. I love those days because all he wants to do is work and he feels fantastic.
On bad days he has a swollen pastern, which he ever so slightly tries to avoid putting weight on. Those days he does not want me touching the pastern at all. I will still walk him and he will feel off at the walk. But bless his heart he still wants to work through the pain. I hate those days. I usually cry quietly a little in frustration as we walk. He flicks an ear back and he know I'm upset so I talk to him and tell him I'm trying the best I can to fix him.
Tomorrow I'm having a massage therapist and biomechanics expert look at Kaswyn. Maybe she will see something she can make better. Maybe the short striding is not only due to pain but also from some muscle or alignment issue. If that doesn't work I have an appointment with Dr. G to inject that area around the pastern - NOT the pastern joint. Maybe the area just needs meds to cool it down and allow itself to heal. Maybe the combination of both will help.
I still have horses to ride, and even show, and I'm very grateful for for that. But the horse I want to ride, and show, most of all is Kaswyn.