Wednesday, April 06, 2011

New things to try

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.


Jennifer said...

I know it's not entirely the same. But I tried hock injections, I tried chiropractic, I tried medication, I tried lighter work. In the end, there were no other choices for Ransom and me.

I wish you the best of luck in finding an answer, if there is one. Please just know I've been there, and I know how much it hurts.

Minus Pride said...

I hope he gets better soon. Have you thought of just turning him out for a year and seeing what you have then??

Rising Rainbow said...

I'm sad to hear that this hasn't resolved itself yet. Hopefully some of these new things will help.

achieve1dream said...

I'm sorry to hear this. Keep us updated please. We don't consider it whining because we are concerned about Kaswyn too. I'll keep him in my thoughts and prayers. *Hugs* It will get better.

Jen said...

I'm so sorry that Kaswyn did not do as we all hoped he would following his procedure. Maybe you'll have some new ideas after this; hang in there you two!

Kate said...

Poor Kaswyn. I hope things turn up ofr the both of you. Let us know how things go with the various professionals, if you don't mind. It'd be very much appreciated.

Heather B said...

It doesn't matter how many horses you have to ride when the ONE that you want is hurting. Such a difficult time! Best wishes and prayers to Kaswyn!

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