Injections for the Wonky Hock

As I mentioned on Friday, the vet injected Copper’s hock last week. Since Copper is the biggest idiot ever about needles (well, maybe second biggest if we recall how nutsy his mother is about them…), Dr. H recommended that I dose him with oral dormosedan 30 minutes before he was supposed to arrive. Oral dormosedan is my favorite thing ever. Yes, more expensive than your typical sedative, but oh so useful for a needle shy horse. Basically I wear rubber gloves (cause this stuff will apparently put me to sleep too if it gets on my skin) then I put the appropriate amount under Copper’s tongue and wait for the magic to take effect:

Stage One. Denial. “Mom and her tubes of goo. Silly mom, deworming me twice this month…”wp-1475849250473.jpg

Stage Two: Questioning. *yawns* “Maybe that wasn’t dewormer. Maybe she’s up to something…”wp-1475849250474.jpg

Stage Three: Acceptance. “I don’t know what happened. So sleepy. It seems to be over now though. I’ll just nap here in my stall until next week…”wp-1476125903350.jpg

I did have to shove his head over the door and shut the top half to keep him from resting the entire weight of his head and neck on his throat on the door. He’s not bright when sedated, that’s for sure.

The procedure seemed to go well. Basically I had A hold him while I stood back with Dr. H and watched. He injected two syringes into Copper’s hock. I asked what they were, but alas, my vet is very soft spoken and I didn’t hear him well. Something acid and something else? It’ll be on the bill. It was definitely the shortest vet appointment ever.

He also gave me Paige’s pneumabort shot to give her, so she’s had the first of three of those now. So five months down and 6 to go. I think next week will be the official half way point of her pregnancy.

After the vet left, I asked A about cleaning Copper’s sheath. I’ve never cleaned it before, mainly because he doesn’t seem thrilled with the idea when he’s fully conscious, so it seemed an appropriate time to attempt it again. I figured she could help since she has experience, but instead of helping me, she did it for me, which is 100% okay by me. And likely by Copper too since she was more confident about the extraction of the bean than I would’ve been, especially since I forgot to watch youtube videos leading up to the happening. She got a pretty big bean out of him, so I think he should feel like a new man with his parts clean and his hock in better order.

Naturally, Copper shoved his OTHER hind leg through the fence the day before the vet came to do the injection, so he was very swollen and had tiny cuts all over his right hind. I was not amused. I was happy that it happened the day before the vet came, not the day after. Small victories? Anyway, Dr. H said that it was just bruised and would heal fine on its own. I’ve been slathering Corona on the cuts and the swelling has already gone down significantly. I’m paranoid the cuts will heal with white hairs and the leg will look crazy, but at this point he’s managed to injure three out of four legs, so if he’s sound at the end of the year, I should be grateful regardless of white hairs. Ironically enough the one uninjured leg is his “appaloosa” leg, where he actually has roaning running up his leg from his sock. Maybe he wants all his legs to match.


Fat back leg, injured hock back leg, front leg on left was sliced open this spring, and the uninjured roany leg.

Basically I think he’s determined not to be a riding horse anymore. But he doesn’t want to keep bucking, because that’s mean and he likes me to dote on him, so he shouldn’t be mean. So he’s just going to murder all his limbs, naturally.

He is moving MUCH nicer post injection, though not 100% yet. I’m hoping the ouchy steps are related to the fat leg, not the wonky hock. Can he just be fixed already? He certainly acts like he’s feeling better…but honestly, he was cray when he was hurting, so it is hard to tell when he’s in pain. He either has a weird pain tolerance or he’s just indifferent to it, because it never really seems to slow him down. Psycho pony…


Psycho creeper pony…


2 thoughts on “Injections for the Wonky Hock

  1. I bet the injections will help a lot, just takes some time to kick in sometimes! That leg look very fat in the comparison photo :O I have to clean Apollo’s sheath every month (or it smells completely disgusting) so count yourself lucky you don’t need to do it as often!

    • Yeah, I rode last night and he was still off on it, so I’m hoping he’s just used to limping and will work out of it soon, otherwise another call to the vet. :/

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