I’m lame

For once it’s not one of my horses that is lame. It’s me. I have posterior tibial tendonitis. Which means I have swelling under my ankle bone and pain in my arch and ankle. It hurts when I walk. But even worse, it hurts when I ride. Part of the problem is that the stirrup […]

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Higher than a kite

As I’ve mentioned before, Freedom turned up with a swollen tendon two weeks ago. He’s been under strict orders to keep quiet. Something he has, for the most part, done pretty well. But Freedom is a horse that needs a J-O-B.  With not enough to occupy him he gets antsy and reactive. He’s always a […]

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Freedom is on “bed rest”

Yesterday I arrived at the barn mid-day and the very first thing I noticed was the swelling in the tendon area of Freedom’s right front. I hate it when that happens — everything was fine the day before, but now it’s not. It’s one of the advantages of seeing your horse nearly every day; even […]

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Injured check ligament sidelines Curly

Poor Curly — it was a good news/bad news situation. The good news was that the vet was scheduled to come to give her an overall soundness check. The bad news was she came out of the barn noticeably lame, after staying sound for the whole spring hunt season. The good news was that for […]

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What to do when your horse is NQR?

Not Quite Right. That’s the one of the most frustrating phrases of horse ownership and when you most wish your horse could tell you where it hurts. Sometimes it’s very subtle, something that only you notice because you know your horse so well. Sometimes it’s the opposite; someone else notices that your horse is off […]

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When your horse gets kicked.

With horses, it’s always something. I don’t normally feed Saturday mornings but I’m sure glad I did last weekend. It took me only a few minutes to see that Freedom was hurt and it looked bad. He had been kicked on his left forearm. The area was hugely swollen and there was a big jagged […]

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Treating Cellulitis in horses

On Monday night I showed up at the barn around 7:00 p.m. to ride once the day cooled off. To my dismay I found that Freedom’s knee was hugely swollen. I had wrapped his legs because he’d felt a bit stocked up the night before and because the swelling had no where to go except […]

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