My vet cleared Nilla to return to work after her joint capsule tear, but she still seemed slightly off to me. It was so subtle, you really had to be looking for it to even notice something was wrong. But I knew. So last week I made an appointment at the expensive vet hospital and hauled Nilla over.
Once again, flexion tests and palpation revealed nothing, but he could see the slight hesitation too. Off to do ultrasounds.
First, Nilla got some drugs and was shaved. Then it was time for the ultrasound.
I’m going to use this
very professionally edited image to explain my thought process during the exam.
This was all in my head though; I don’t bother professionals with my inane ramblings (that’s what this blog is for). I was pretty resigned to it being a suspensory. It’s actually what I guessed was wrong with her from the beginning. The torn joint capsule just confused things.
Sigh. The good news is it’s a very tiny tear and it’s only in one branch and not near the origin. Provided nothing goes wrong during rehab, her prognosis is for a full return to work. But when’s the last time “nothing went wrong” when it comes to equines? I showed my non horsey friend the ultrasounds and she asked why I don’t just buy a horse that’s not always injured all the time. Good question.
Thankfully, Nilla isn’t confined to stall rest. The vet said stall rest is generally not great unless the horse is used to it because otherwise they just spin and move around in the stall and aggravate it, plus they’re more likely to re-injure as soon as they’re released. And Nilla was not an enjoyable stall rest patient when she broke her leg so I’m very happy not to have to do that again.
Nilla is also supposed to go on a 15-30 minute hand walk each day to help the ligament heal correctly. I got a super expensive tube of Surpass (so excited that stuff is back on the market, but why is it so freaking expensive) to apply daily on a 5 days on, 2 days off schedule. And I’ve rented an UltraOZ ultrasound therapy system as well. Has anyone ever used one of these? The vet highly recommended it and it seems like a pretty cool idea.
Nilla goes back for another exam in 60 days which is just long enough to avoid all of the fun activities I had planned for this year. Thanks mule. Now Levi is really going to have to step it up.
Oh Nilla. Mules are supposed to be indestructible. Fortunately Levi is there for you while she heals.
I was also told mules were hardy, but Nilla has spent more time injured than my other horses combined.
Ugh so sucky 🙁 but at least you have Levi!
I am very lucky to have him.
Oh man 🙁 Healing thoughts being sent your way. She sure is adorable though.
I tell everyone that being adorable is her main redeeming value.
Poor Nilla. Hope she heals soon, and takes it easy on the wallet also. But she’s a mule, so she’s tough.
I was told all this mules are tough thing too and this mule has seriously spent more time injured than my other horses combined. Nilla just has to be different.
Well fuck. That edited image is basically my reaction to Q’s suspensory diagnosis, too. Here’s hoping time passes quickly, easily, and without complication!
I forgot Q’s was a suspensory too. She seems to be doing better though. They just take forever to heal.
That last pic–such a sweet face <3 I hope she heals up well!
Sorry to hear that, that sucks. It would have at least been better if you could have known the full diagnosis from the start instead of having false hope that she’d heal up quickly. Sending positive vibes for a good recovery
Yes. I’m pretty annoyed about that as well.
Ugh Nilla. I’m sorry. At least you do have extra equines to utilize in these instances? Levi will get lots of wet saddle pads, which will be great for him!
I am lucky to have a second horse to ride though I think Levi is already regretting this.
“I showed my non horsey friend the ultrasounds and she asked why I don’t just buy a horse that’s not always injured all the time.”
that kind of horse doesn’t exist. they are suicidal injury machines.
ooo post more about the ultrasound machine!! im curious.
If only they did exist. Cause I would buy that.
Aww, that stinks. Fingers crossed for a speedy recovery!
Sounds like she had plans for a vacation 🙁 Sorry you’re having to deal with this!
She already had a vacation. Multiple in fact. But that’s horses (and mules apparently).
aw man, i’m sorry 🙁 that’s never the news anyone wants to hear. c’mon Nilla, we need more helmet cam videos from between your awesome ears!!! heal quickly!!!
I know. Helmet cam videos of Levi are just not as exciting.
Never the news we want to hear, but it isn’t the worst news. TWH came back from a suspensory issue and is going Novice level right now. She’ll heal fast 🙂
Thanks! I’m really hoping it heals correctly so she can get back to jumping.
Ugh. Not the news you wanted to hear. Kudos to you for knowing Nilla wasn’t 100% and pursuing further diagnostics. You probably prevented much more damage.
Can I ask – do you have horse insurance? I may look into this for my next horse.
I don’t have insurance. I’ve though about doing it and maybe I’ll try on a future horse.
Ugh poor Nilla. Glad you’re heads up about it tho.
It’s definitely better to know; it just sucks 🙁
Ugh, so sorry! As a self proclaimed suspensory injury expert (not really, but also thanks Rio for the education) the branch is the best place for that if it has to happen. Fingers crossed for an uneventful recovery.
I haven’t personally used the ultra sound thingy but I have a friend who did and it was actually pretty amazing how much more quickly it healed than it would have traditionally.
Thanks for the up vote on the ultrasound thingy!
Man, that sucks! ): Poor Nilla. Poor you. Fingers crossed for a smooth recovery!
Totally crossed. And wrapped around a rabbits foot too.
Blah! Nilla… 😑 Best wishes! Go Levi Go!
Poor Nilla, and poor you! I will hope for a simple, uneventful recovery!
Sorry to hear, hope the recovery goes smooth.
You can join the support group we’ve got going with tequila and chocolate. Oh dear. I sympathize so, so much right now. May our crazy equines heal uneventfully.
I don’t really drink, but I am definitely hitting up the food comforts.
Me neither. Maybe the ponies can have the tequila and the rest of us can have the comfort food. Win-win.
late to the party but love the Friend’s images 🙂 HA i also love when they peer at the stones like it is a baby 🙂 But anyway…healing thoughts to Nilla and yay more Levi photos. She is awful cute though. 🙂 Hope she bounces back fast!! (without actually bouncing on you!) HA
If only Nilla’s problem could be peed out. Then I would probably peer at it lovingly too.
Poor thing! Wishing Nilla a speedy recovery