My vet graciously came out today to take a look at Lilly. It's her day off but since she couldn't come out yesterday she came today and didn't charge me the emergency call fee. I was very appreciative.
We did a lameness exam and she thinks Lilly is still a little off on the abscess foot, but nothing substantial. Since there wasn't any lameness with the puffy leg she wanted to ultrasound it to make sure the tendons looked good.
The ultrasound showed nothing out of the ordinary. Unfortunately, Lilly's tendons are UGLY because of her check ligament surgery and her recent tendon lesion. There's a lot of scar tissue in there so getting a good picture is a challenge. My vet had looked at the ultrasounds from earlier this year so she'd have a good comparison and the only thing new we saw was an area of darkness on her check ligament. Since Lilly had that cut, we're fairly certain it isn't anything. She's going to double check the other ultrasound pics just to be sure.
So since all scanned well, what's causing the swelling? We don't really know. She's not lame and the tendons look good, so it could just be irritated from the trauma involved with the abscess, or maybe she irritated it at the same time she ripped her hoof. She said the swelling might be around for quite a while or it could go down in the next couple weeks. It's hard to say.
To try and help the swelling go down, I have a $65 cream to apply to her leg once a day.
She wants her to have some turnout, but no more than 12 hours per day and she wants me to keep her leg wrapped, especially when she's turned out.
I think Lilly is just so thoughtful... I got some hoof wrapping practice in, and now I get to practice wrapping her leg again. Don't want those skills to get rusty!!
Look at that superb wrap job! ;)
While I had my vet handy, I asked her if she's ever seen any goat caused horse injuries. I told her about the goats and why I think this all started and my fear about what could happen. She said she's never seen anything involving horses, but we did agree that Lilly could cut herself on air.
So for the time being, she agrees no goats. We don't want her running around until she's had a few days of quiet turnout. So maybe I'll rethink my goat position... maybe.
The best news is that she cleared me to start riding again. She said take it slow and don't do anything that's too difficult for Lilly but at least we can get back out there and start riding again. In honor of such good news, I posted what I've worked on to be my first 2 weeks of conditioning rides. For now I might have to skip the pole work, but I think the rest of it would be ok to do with her.