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Monday TRANSITION DAY
When I approached Seeker's
pen Monday morning, she was back to her normal pre-feeding lap speed, walking
very well. I could tell she still had quite a lot of swelling in her forearms
and chest but if I squinted a little, she looked like a bulldog-style Quarter
Horse with a wide chest and muscular forearms. All swelling that remained was
symmetric, cool to the touch and medium to soft in texture.
this day Seeker got her 7 AM meds and one lukewarm SCRAM session and several short
I took her for a few 3-4 minute walks and
rubbed her afterwards.
At 7 PM I felt she was doing
well enough to wean her off the bute, so I decreased her dose to 1 gram. I also
looked through my medicine cabinet to see what other antibiotics I had on hand
as planned to talk to the vet about substituting something for the Procaine Penicillin
and found I had some trimethroprim-sulfa tabs I might substitute for the Procaine
Penicillin if the vet thought appropriate. [The tablets would be given orally
so no more painful procaine penicillin injections - yeah!!]
9-1 - Tuesday BEGIN LIGHT EXERCISE
looked pretty good - Seeker was bright, alert, walking around her pen and more
reduction in swelling but there was still some swelling in her left front knee
The main change was the evenness in her
gait and the fact that she was bearing weight evenly on both fronts when walking
and that often when I observed her, she was resting her left hind. Up to this
point she had only been resting her right hind, the diagonal of her injured left
front, while bearing most of her weight on the right front and left hind.
skipped the bute and held off on the procaine penicillin until I was able to call
my vet and confer later in the morning.
overlapping one last penicillin injection and the trimethroprim/sulfa tabs that
I had and then continuing with the tablets for 3 days. (As soon as I got off the
phone with him, I gave her both the injectable and oral antibiotics).
asked if it was OK to exercise Seeker with hand walking and he said even longeing
would be OK. It is my nature to proceed with caution so I took her out to the
arena and walked her in hand for 12 minutes and then sent her out on the 20 foot
lead rope I had attached to her halter so I could watch her move. After walking
a few rounds, I reversed her and after a few rounds that way, she acted like she
wanted to trot so I let her do so for a few rounds. She looked really good. But
rather than trot her then on the short line I'd led her out with, I completed
the session, rubbed her and put her away.
A few hours
later, Richard took her for a 15 minute walk while I was getting lunch ready.
I walked her again and gave her a good dry rub.
PM Oral antibiotics.
Swelling was down about 90% below her
left knee; 80% on her left knee and about 70% on her forearm and chest.
antibiotics AM and PM.
Two 15 minute longeing sessions
AM and PM at the walk and trot - sound both times.
was down about 95% below her left knee; 85% on her left knee and about 80% on
her forearm and chest.
Oral antibiotics AM - end of
7 day antibiotic treatment.
Hand walk AM - 15 minutes.
- Longe 15 minutes.
6 PM - Longe, but off at the trot
on the left front, so finished the session at the walk.
I took her back to the barn, I examined her legs and found there was dried serum
along the inside of her left front cannon and forearm. This was new since the
noon longeing. So I soaked and hosed her left leg, removing all the dried serum.
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