Monday, April 28, 2008

and now, no longer coasting

I'm sitting here waiting for the vet to call because when I went out to feed, Salina was limping. Her left front knee is swollen and from the knee down is a little puffy as well. She doesn't want to put weight on that leg, so I'm now in rule out mode and have administered a gram of Bute, cold hosed the leg for 20 minutes, and was going to soak the hoof next but decided I want the vet's take before I move on to that.

She's willing to walk, especially on the grass, more carefully in the barn aisle, and ate breakfast just fine. I've got her stall open so she can walk in her paddock but also in the barn aisle and the barnyard. My experience with Salina is that if she keeps moving, everything is better. She's gone from the barnyard to barn aisle to stall to barnyard over the past hour, and is calm.

Sigh. I noticed yesterday she spent some time in the stall when she could have been out, and I wondered if she was off. I didn't notice lameness or swelling though, but it's possible she pulled something yesterday when out, came in, and because of last night's rain didn't move as much and is now stocking up some.

In any case, it will be a relief to get direction from the vet and probably a vet visit to sort this out.

I managed to get the yoga in, which is a good thing. Will likely not get any writing time, though.


Grey Horse Matters said...

Poor Salina, let us know how she makes out after the vet visit. You never know you might get some writing in if all goes quickly.

Mamie said...

As a matter of fact, you did get some writing in - your blog. Hope things are better tomorrow.

Victoria Cummings said...

Oh, BIlie, I hope it's nothing serious with Salina. These good old girls can be fragile. Please keep us updated! I'm glad your daughter had a fun birthday.

the7msn said...

We're sending good thoughts your way.