Lilly decided to keep us on our toes on new year's day. She started to show signs of a server colic so we called our vet to come on an emergency.
He did a physical exam, rectal exam and did a Nasogastric tube placement to get some fluids into her. The suspicion was that she has stomach ulcers which started to flair up because of the bad weather we had.
To get clarification on that we set up an appointment to do a Gastroscopy Exam which was done January 11, 2021. The vet found 2 little ulcers which could cause some discomfort and pain. However it wasn´t as bad as suspected. There is a possibility that she might have ulcers in her hind gut but unfortunately there is no way to check it. So we are hoping this was just a one time thing.
Her vet bill for both visits together was $ 579.25
We also kept Lilly on full tube of UlcerGard for 10 days which is $35/day.
Please consider donating towards Lilly´s vet bill.
Otherwise Lilly is doing great. She is still a handful but with little baby steps she is starting to come around.
In our last update we told you about Lilly´s hooves and that we would have to wait for the crack on the front right to grow out, to be able to put her back on shoes with a pad in between in order to elevate her right shoulder again.
On April 10th, the vet was finally able to do that. She now has corrective horse shoes in the front.
On the right side she has a 3 degree wedge pad (with Hawthorne-Oakum Sole Packing) between the shoe and hoof which elevated her shoulder up about 1/2 inch.
Since her hoof wall on that foot was still kind of soft, the vet put another casting tape around it to insure she won´t loose the shoe.
The whole bill for that was $ 415.
Lilly also got her EWT/West Nile/Influenza/Rhino Vaccine done on 03/11/2020.
On 03/24/2020 she got Vaccines for Potomac Horse fever+rabies and Strangles.
Her total vet bill for the vaccines was $150. So all together the cost for her on those 3 visits was a total of $565.
Now that Lilly´s shoulders are pretty much even again we can slowly start to physically work her again, which hopefully will help her to focus a little better. This girl really has the hardest time to just accomplish the smallest tasks like standing tied up for a longer period of time.
Lilly simply has anxieties.
Our place is a stress free environment, so the only conclusion that makes since lies in her past.
Other physical problems are ruled out. We also put her on NRF2 just in case there is an inflammation going on in her body.
We are in good hopes that with exercise combined with groundwork, we can put her head in a better place. Hopefully, we will soon be able to take her on rides again, which she really enjoyed when she was on her wooden clog.
Lilly is definitely a project but we are not giving up on her. It´s just going to take time to work through her issues and hopefully make a steady, good level headed horse out of her, so she can move on to her forever home.
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It´s been a while since our last update on Lilly. While she was still on her customized wooden clog her lameness was completely gone. We started walking her through our woods and it was very exciting for her. After a while we started taking her on rides. It is a bit tricky to ride her because she gets so excited, but ride after ride she got better.
Unfortunately, the rainy season startedwhen fall arrived and she was slipping a lot, so we decided to take her offthe clog.
When Lilly came to us she had extremely bad hooves with many cracks and week hoof walls. By fall her hooves had gotten so much better, so we decided to take her of the shoes and just let all the old cracks, nail holes etc. grow out. However, her front right hoof still has a bad crack. To stabilize the hoof while the crack is growing out she has a cast around it, which needs to be changed about every 6 weeks. This is not cheap.
In addition she hurt her front right leg and had a pretty bad swelling. She wasn´t lame but we had it checked out the first time on November 17, 2019 by ultrasound. ($90)
Since the swelling didn´t go down with pressure wraps, another checkup was done on December 3, 2019. Also by ultrasound and a hematoma drainage ($230)
Since the vet was here on December 30, 2019 we had it checked again because the hematoma is still not gone. This time with x-rays. Luckily, nothing found. So we just have to keep putting pressure wraps on her at night until it´s gone. The vet also changed the cast so our farrier doesn´t have to make an extra trip. (All together x-rays and cast: $320)
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The plan for Lilly in the future is to wait until the right hoof is strong enough to hold a shoe.
Pads will be placed between the hoof and shoe to elevate her shoulder again so we can continue her training.
Until then, Lilly does ground work and we are working on her behavior problems like standing still, teaching her patience and her trust issues.
Lilly is not a bad horse at all, it just seems like a lot has gone wrong in her past.
Lilly has settled in very nicly and become good friends with our Tinkerbell.
We had the vet out a week ago for a full lameness examination. This is what we have found out and the treatment we started:
Lameness Examination - Presenting Concern:
Hoof testers: No pain elicited in the left or right front feet
Lunging to the left: 1/5 Left Hind Limb
Lunging to the right: 3/5 Right Front Limb
RH hock/stifle: 1/5
LH hock/stifle/: 2/5
RF Knee: 0/5 RF
PD Block of the RF - No significant improvement
Abaxial Block of the RF - No significant improvement
The significant right forelimb lameness is originating from the proximal limb. No lameness is originating from the carpus or below. The front limbs are the same length from the carpus to the ground indicating that the proximal region of the RF is shorter than that of the left. Given the findings of the exam it is suspected that the lameness is likely mechanical in origin and may not be pain based.
Confirmation: Right shoulder is dropped about 2 inches lower than left shoulder with notable muscle atrophy.
Customized flat wooden clog applied onto the right front foot. Clog has a 1.5 inch thickness
Lilly has been walking really well on her customized wooden clog.
We do believe we are on to her behavior problem of rearing up when it comes to riding her.
The fact that her shoulders are so uneven and unevenly developed makes a good saddle fit pretty much impossible, which can also cause severe soreness.
So the goal right now is to even out the muscle build on her shoulders, which is going to take time. At this point we don´t know if it will be possible at all.
However, we are determined to find a way for Lilly to have a job that she loves, pain free and thriving at it.
More pictures of Lilly: