First let’s catch up on the Stampede hoof journey.
Stampede remained comfortable after the hole was opened up in his hoof. That is until the vet came to see him this past Tuesday and he was a bit off again. I was definitely bummed about this, but found out later he had been turned out in a small pasture with P for the first time in a couple of weeks and had run around and probably made himself sore. He was much better the next day and continued to improve.
Regardless, we did x-rays on the hoof. Stampede still has a couple open holes in his hoof from abscessing so much, but the vet felt all of them were open and not under pressure. She said his coffin bone was perfect, so no issue there. Thankfully, she approved Stampede to get shoes.
After all of these issues, I decided that I wasn’t comfortable continuing on with the barn farrier, and reached out to the farrier who did Phoenix the first time I owned him. Thankfully he is in the area every Thursday for another barn and was willing to take on the boys. He came out Friday and outfitted the beast in some size 3 shoes. The trimming alone made his feet look soooo much better. He fixed his angles quite a bit, but it will take a bit for everything to get in line. I was very happy that he took his time and studied Stampede’s feet and then went back and made adjustments as needed. Stampede walked off sound and has already gone back to his regular morning turnout with his brother. The vet said as soon as the remaining heat goes away in his left front he can start back to work slowly. Her estimate was that it would take a week for that to happen. We will see. I’m trying not to get overly excited about the possibility of riding him again, lol.
The cold weather has made riding consistently difficult, even with my riding limit set at 10 F or above. Regardless, P has been getting ridden at least 3 times a week. I do think his arthritis is showing up more with the lack of consistency, but he is also due for his monthly shot of Ichon in a few days. Hopefully that helps things, but otherwise the lameness vet comes later this month and I can get him checked. Since I know P will continue to work just because he loves it so much, it’s important that I make sure he is comfortable.
Today I got to the barn to find blood on P’s face right at the top of his scar (he’s had it since I’ve known him). It turned out to be a fairly gross (to me) slice upward that had created a flap of skin. I ended up scrubbing it carefully and spraying some silver spray up under the flap and onto his scar.
Lastly, I’ve been at it with some Relatively Stable goodies again. Definitely some of my new favorite items!
I have a Phoenix iron on for his sheet that I’ll put on once spring comes (if it ever does, ugh) and it gets washed up. I happened to buy Stampede a new sheet last month so it’s still clean.