Posted by: shannonc | May 5, 2009

The World is Full of Seabiscuits

Or, put another way, your odds of success are 50-1. 

*Climbing into flame suit*

Yup, the sesamoid is definitely broken – and that just might be the good news.  In today’s chiro appointment, I got an illustrated tutorial through Pippermint’s films – 3 sets that all look, well, pretty much the same.  It’s an apical fracture, but not far above center, with the top piece being about twice as big as what would typically be considered for surgical removal.  There’s no bone knit, and one concern would be that work strain to the suspensories would break the cartilage repair and pull the bone apart again.  Future Prelim horse?  We’re sitting at no to doubtful.  But hey, at least he’s not lame today.

Except he *was* lame today.  Surprise.  And it looked like LF, which, probably not so coincidentally, was also the very first spot that popped to Gretchen on her exam.  The front feet have slightly different angles and will probably stay that way – what seemed to concern her more was a gristly-ness (like my DVM vocabulary?) on the front of the ankle.  Something sort of osselet-y, but not an osselet (at least not till there are front feet radiographs…lol). 

He was out in his pelvis and in the middle of his back – things, she said, that might be causing him trouble with flying changes (and in fact he does swap behind a lot), but not things that she would expect to cause him extreme anxiety under saddle at, say, the walk.  Where he shows…well, a lot of anxiety.  So let’s see him move.

I put him out on the longe and he looked awful.  Hmm, she says.  Maybe this LF thing is even more of a problem than I thought.

That’s good, because I thought the RH was lonely.  Now it has the LF to keep it company… ><

You can tell when someone really loves a horse (or in her case, at least a whole breed full of them) – and a person too, I guess, a little bit – when she starts encouraging you to reframe all your objectives.  “I think you really need a trail horse.”  “Are you sure you really need a horse to get to that level?  The horse you get right now?”  “BN…probably…how about lower level dressage?”  “You could just take him and play around with him?  You know, the world is full of Seabiscuits…”  She really liked him.  If people were races, the Pippermint never would have been gelded.  This we know.

All the rest of the stuff, we don’t know.  Not so much.

As far as the rideability question was concerned, she was really pretty encouraging.  She said that the level of worry I was describing is far from unheard of in an ex-racehorse.  Even though he’s smart, and calm and sensible when he’s not working, it may take him a lot of time to get there when he is working.  Maybe his reaction to the way things are done on the track – get on, get wired and go – was just negative.  She suggested that it might be a good thing to even Ace him for a few rides to install a positive experience.  Ride for 5 minutes.  Show him that relaxed is good.

*Peering into bag of evils*  Tally:  one horse with a broken RH and a LF that might have even caused its breakdown.  Possible Lyme, possible ulcers.  No real chiropractic red flags.  Zany under saddle.  Oh, and currently lame for some reason.

But very, very cute.

Funny that Mine That Bird just won the Kentucky Derby three days ago…



  1. ;-)

  2. And that LF could plaque the RH even more if the issue isn’t sorted out….misery loves company, right????

    Any thoughts on the LF issue???

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