and why you need great relationships with your veterinarian and farrier
I guess lameness is part of horse life. We expect our horses to stay sound and carting us around on their backs all the time. But, that is not always the case as horses get injured and horses get sick and they can't tell us what Is wrong. This is very frustrating when you have great plans in mind for your summer or just a pleasure ride.
So Arwen hurt herself last year. We never really figured out what she did but it must have been a soft tissue injury. She stayed in her stall for 3 months as she was very lame. Riva stayed in with her for a couple of weeks but when it turned out to be a long term issue she went back out. Arwen had to deal with her anxieties on her own with some help from good drugs. Tranquilizers can be very useful with a horse who spend her time spinning in her stall and won't settle down if she is alone and when the others leave for the day. So she did have some companionship with a few other who had injuries but spent time alone. Not something she enjoys.
Summer was spent in a smaller paddock with Riva who has become insulin resistant so can no longer go out on the grass. Hopefully with medication and limited grazing in the summer we can keep Riva from getting laminitis down the road. Did I say horses were expensive? Yes they can be so working is a good thing to keep at for those unexpected vet bills. Input from my veterinarian and farrier has been invaluable. I hope at this point Arwen is fixed. My farrier changed her shoeing and this has helped tremendously. So maybe we will make it to a few shows this year. Will have to see.