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Queen of Overreacting

Yesterday I finally had the vet out to check on Miles. At first I was content to wait and see if rest helped, but when some heat and fill showed up in his left front leg, I panicked and made an immediate appointment. I don’t like to mess around with potential soft tissue injuries and while he wasn’t really hot or really swollen, I was still pretty concerned. I’m sure as fellow equestrians you can commiserate with the process of waiting for the vet, which usually goes something like this for me:

48 Hours Prior: I’m taking deep breaths and picturing my happy place

Deep Breaths Cat Gif

24 Hours Prior: I lose all sense of logic and totally panic; MY HORSE’S LEG IS GOING TO FALL OFF

Panic Cat Gif

30 Minutes Prior: Is my horse still lame? Wait, he’s sound?! WTF!! Oh… just kidding, there’s the limp.

Intently Watching Cat Gif

During the Exam: Oh, I’m totally chill and relaxed. I wasn’t worried sick all week, imagining the worst case scenario…

Sup Cat Gif

After the Exam: Oh my gosh, that was so stressful. I need a massage ASAP

Massage Cat Gif

So after panicking that my horse was going to need his leg amputated [which is only a slight exaggeration] and going through the gamut of emotions the verdict is: a hot nail. The vet hoof tested Miles’ left front and he was ouchy directly over one nail. So Dr. Awesome pulled the nail, cleaned the hole with betadine and packed his foot with Magna Poultice. The plan is to put Miles on bute for three days, pack his foot for five days and then see how he’s doing. The vet also palpated his tendon and ligaments all up and down his left front, but didn’t get a single reaction from Miles — so there’s no issue there, thank goodness!

Moral of the story? Whenever my horse is lame, ignore my ramblings because I’m the Queen of Overreacting. Oops.


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37 thoughts on “Queen of Overreacting

  1. Always better to be able to laugh about it afterward than cry! Buy a set of hoof testers to have on hand? I know I’m in a minority, but I got a full set of very high quality farrier tools as part of a class fee (Farrier Science) in college. I let everyone in the barn know that they’re in my trunk and available for hoof testing, or pulling a crooked shoe, or whatever. It’s good peace of mind to know that the horses won’t have to stand on a crooked shoe while we wait for the farrier to get there.

  2. so glad he’s ok – and i’d be just as worried too! my trainers have to back me away from the ledge on a regular basis re: a horse i don’t even own…

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