Freedom has officially completed his four months of rehab. Actually, his injury occurred 18 weeks ago. His leg looks great and my vet has confirmed that it feels just as good. I have yet to have the confirming ultrasound, but right now, all systems are go. He can now canter under saddle and we’re able to go out for longer rides that are limited more by the heat than by his leg.
However, I’m having a hard time trusting the recovery. I scrutinize his leg. Does it look slightly puffy today? Should I poultice it? Cold hose it?
One day this week I had him tacked up and ready to go but didn’t like the way he was standing. I thought he was resting it funny or pointing his hoof slightly. I decided not to take the chance and turned him out instead.
I think it’s officially time to break out the bubble wrap so he’s protected from further injury. I know it’s ridiculous — horses find ways to hurt themselves that you can’t even dream up — but it doesn’t stop me from worrying.
How long after your horse was injured (and rehabbed) did it take before you stopped worrying? Do you ever?!