"Mom, it hurts to put pressure on the foot..."
I contemplated that it might be an abscess or a very mild stone bruise, so I soaked her foot in some Epsom Salt just in case:
You can see her old wire wound. This horse has caused me more issues than any other horse I have ever had!
She apparently wanted both feet soaking...well, there went the last of my Epsom Salt.
I didn't have any bute, so I let the foot dry and applied the hoof hardener that I had picked up. I also started her on a double dose of Master Hoof and Accell (a multivitamin), as well as Empower Boost, Strongid C, and Sand Clear (I told you we spent way too much money). I decided that if she wasn't better by Saturday I would call the vet.
Well, Friday night she was no better, so I shot my vet a text message. He was out of town and getting back Saturday morning, so we scheduled an appointment. If nothing else I needed some Bute. He came out an immediately diagnosed mild laminitis. Apparently when we switched her from the crappy food out at the old barn to the high quality alfalfa and grain at the new barn we sent her system in to over drive. I KNOW BETTER! I knew we should have taken some feed to slowly transition her, but I was so ready to be gone and have her on good feed that I didn't...told you it was my fault. He wasn't positively sure it was laminitis because it appeared to only be in one hoof, though the other had a pounding medial pulse also (a starting sign...). He said it could still be an abscess, but we were going to treat it as if it was laminitis.
So, he prescribed bute for 3 days, ice baths for both feet, no grain!, only grass hay, stall rest, and probiotics. So, now my trips to the barn look like this:
She actually stood REALLY well for being ankle deep and hoof deep in 10lbs of ice and cold water.
Yesterday I went out a little late for her Bute so she was about 30 hours since her last dose. She seemed to be walking better. Today is the last day of Bute, so I guess we will know Wednesday or Thursday if it has helped at all...I am so worried about her. Laminitis is such a scary word and makes me so sad. I pray that she gets better and that she wont be in pain for long. I feel awful about the whole thing...
In other news, we got our first vegetable from our garden!
Picked the Zucchini...
Proceeded to cut up the zucchini...
and ate the zucchini. Man it was yummy!
We also realized we have a lot of boots...
This doesn't include my pink cowboy boots or any non-cowboy boots...
She is looking really good though, she just needs some weight, but she isn't going to gain much on just grass hay and no grain...I would rather her be skinny and sound than the alternative though.
Frosty and her daddy!