Dilly is almost 3 weeks out now from his check ligament injury. I had the swelling knocked out in a week, completely ditched all wrapping about a week and a half into it, and have been cold hosing and poulticing ever since. I've started putting his fly booties back on during the day (since he is a princess and needs protection from those nasty wasty bugs), and poulticing at night without bandages. This seems to have worked well, as the leg has stayed down and tight and cool.
I took him in for an ultrasound yesterday between clients, and nervously watched him jog even though I knew he was sound. And, he was sound, and moving even better than he had been when Dr. H looked at him last time. Dylan has a bit of that Spanish paddle when he moves, but in Dr. H's opinion, he was now bringing that foot back underneath him better and more solidly, whereas before he was landing on it slightly less underneath himself. I can't fault the man's eye, even I didn't see that.
|Just hangin' out, gettin' fat|
The ultrasound looked great. It was a clearer picture now that all the swelling had gone, and the check ligament looks great. However, there are a couple of small adhesions there which Dr. H thinks probably have been a chronic thing that developed over many years of hard work - not all that uncommon in a 15 year old upper level horse who has been working his entire life. What probably happened given his very shortlived little lameness and swelling was he tore an adhesion loose, had soreness and swelling, and then it resolved and off he goes.
Despite that, I'm going to keep an EXTREMELY close eye on that leg as we ease back into work. Hopefully tomorrow (if it isn't 958530959684302 degrees by the time I am done working) I will get back on and see how he feels with just some walk and trot work. Cross your fingers!