It’s been a strange and stressful past few days, starting with an emergency trip to the local vet school with someone else’s bleeding and somewhat sedated horse in my trailer, followed Sunday with my return to the vet school with my own horse in tow.
And ending with my horse becoming radioactive.
After getting the second opinion of another vet, it became obvious that with 3 out of 4 legs looking wonky, traditional diagnostic tests (flexions, nerve blocking, etc) would not necessarily be the best way to see what’s going on. Instead, she recommended I get a bone scan done, which means injecting the horse with a radioactive isotope and taking pictures of the horse’s entire body. The horse will “light up” at the points of inflammation, including where tendons connect to bone if there are problems there, etc. Unfortunately the process also means that the horse will emit low levels of radiation for approximately 24 hrs, which means Foster will be at the vet school until tomorrow afternoon/evening when I pick him and his wounded barn buddy up.
Ideally the pictures will show us exactly what areas we need to concentrate on, and lead to a plan for getting
Frankenfoster my pony back to 100%. I’m loathe to put any kind of speculation on here, because I’m fairly sure there will be some surprises when I get the results Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday. So in the meantime I continue to ask everyone to send prayers, good karma, awesome juju, whatever our way that what we find is manageable.
Until then, keep your fingers crossed!