I took Rosso and Sera (the younger red horses) over to my vet's clinic yesterday.
We did a flexion test on Sera to check her hocks. After flexion on her left hind she took 1-2 steps off but my vet doesn't think she needs the hock injection yet. Sera didn't test sore over her back or rump at all and she was really sore last time... so this is good news! She is at the 6 mos marker today for the hock injections and we'll inject again at a year - will be a maintenance thing which is what I thought once we injected them the first time.
She was off a little on her left front - there was a nick on her leg - nothing deep, swollen or hot - but maybe that was why - the scab was pulling on her skin? I cleaned it off and put goo on it...
I tied Sera up to the trailer and took Rosso into the vet's shop and led him into the stocks. He was hollering to Sera and Sera was hollering back. Once he was in the stocks I told my vet I was gonna go check on Sera - as I walked to the door of her shop I hear ALL this banging around.
I open the door of the clinic and there is Sera - on the ground - she pulled the lead rope to the end with the tie blocker thingy... and she was hog tied with the rope around her legs... once she heard/saw me she went limp... the rope was stuck in the blocker at the very end where they double back the lead rope braid.
I couldn't get it loose because Sera had it so tight and tied around her legs - I carefully unhooked Sera's right hind fetlock from the rope. I was able to pull on it enough to loosen it so I could undo it... she stayed very still. This is good because if she began thrashing, she would have seriously injured herself.
I untangled the rope from around her legs and she stayed down so I kicked a little gravel at her to get her up. I walked her around she seemed o.k. Rope burned but no cuts, gashes or blood. The back part of the trailer wheel well is really bent - the piece that is a triangle of diamond plate connecting the wheel well to the trailer?
That could have gone wrong SO many ways. And to see her down and tangled like that... didn't really think I carried Louie around with me but that is the first place my head went! Scary.
I've left her alone at the trailer before to run in and pay for a clinic, check into a show, grab a bite to bring back to the trailer to eat ... never for long but for a few minutes just like I did taking Rosso in to load him in the stocks for the evaluation/injection of his eye.
After that mess, Sera came into the shop and stood near the stocks while Rosso got his eye injection... and of course I could see her backing into something and causing a noise that would make Rosso jerk his head riiiiiight as the needle was poised for the injection into his eye for his mysterious cataract....
His injection went fine and Sera stood quietly. The cataract isn't growing - but there are striations radiating out to the edges of his cataract that my vet didn't see before. She wasn't sure what that means and will call Dr. Robertson, the eye specialist, today to discuss.
I trailered both red horses home and felt very discouraged. Really about how out of control all of this really is and how we can lose them in an instant... anyway - Sera is fine. Everything was superficial and I am extremely lucky. I salved her up and I'll dose her with bute... she was moving around normally today...
That is enough excitement to last ME awhile!