What’s Nilla Up To?

What’s Nilla been up to lately?

Short answer: a fat lot of nothing.

Longer Answer: She’s back on stall rest. A few weeks after being cleared to return to work, Nilla re-injured herself. Her initial suspensory tear was on the distal branch. I pulled her out one day to find the medial branch swollen. I was literally so mad about it I didn’t even take a picture. I just sighed, pulled out all the medications and wraps, and got to work. I haven’t taken her to the vet. I’m really can’t convince myself to spend a ton of money on an ultrasound to confirm what I already know. The medial swelling is a 100% identical injury to the distal side. I know how to treat it and I’m on it.

Outside of treating the immediate injury, I’ve decided to leave her alone until we moved. I was skeptical about starting her back so early as it was. This is not to say that the vet made the wrong call. I am guessing that she either did this slipping in the mud or during one of her attempt to take off with me because walking was boring. I think it was a fluke. Either way, I’ve decided to just leave her alone until we move.

In the meantime, she can continue working as chief product tester.

25 thoughts on “What’s Nilla Up To?

  1. Shauna

    Oh no! I am so sorry to hear this. You have certainly had your fair share of lameness issues. I hope you catch a break soon 🙁

    1. Olivia Post author

      Honestly, she’s the worst product tester. She’ll eat pretty much anything: bark from trees, poison oak, thistle, pine branches, whatever. I suppose if she won’t eat something then I know I’ve got a problem.

    1. Olivia Post author

      No decision yet. I think it’s really going to come down to what property we like best in the general VT NH ME area.

  2. megan k

    oh nilla.

    i’m sorry she did her leg in again. I wish I had magic auto heal advice for soft tissue injuries but it’s just wait. in a stall. forever.

    1. Olivia Post author

      We’re looking at VT, NH, and ME. A lot of properties in those areas get taken off the market in the winter so we are waiting until later in the spring to look again though we’re keep an eye on listings through our realtors.

  3. Stacie Seidman

    Ugh, I’m so sorry. That is a huge disappointment. Rio injured his right front suspensory in three different places back when he was a younger horse. It always healed but boy is it a long recovery time. And so frustrating to not even get back to work before it happens again! Sounds like you have a good plan in place, but still, it totally sucks.

  4. Carly

    That’s a bummer! Hopefully once you get moved and settled in a new place she’ll be ready to jump right back into it with you.

  5. Liz

    Oh no! I’m so, so sorry to hear this! Damnit, Nilla. =( I hope she’s good for her time off this time and heals well.

  6. rooth

    Poor girl, I’m sure she’s happy about being your product tester but will be even better when she’s healed. Thinking of y’all

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