So after all of my extrapolation about Copper’s lameness/Lyme, apparently he’s not Lyme positive this year. I’m confused too, but apparently since his number was the same as it was when we tested him last year, that means he has stabilized and that he doesn’t have active Lyme disease. So yay?
What that did determine though is that we’re full steam ahead with xrays. I’ve never had any horse xray’d so it’s 100% a new experience to me regardless. Leave it to Copper to be my first of all the things…
So that’s scheduled for SATURDAY. You know, tomorrow. *gulp*
No pressure. I have two main concerns.
- Copper will have something big bad wrong with him that ends his riding career. At this point he seems to bounce back from soreness with bute and stall rest easily enough that keeping him pasture sound isn’t a real concern. Pasture sound might end up being more of paddock sound if he continues to frolic like a yearling and make himself sore every time he’s turned out though.
- We won’t see anything on the xrays, but something will still be wrong with him, we just won’t have the diagnostics to know what it is. We know Copper is broken, we just need to find out how he’s broken to determine how to treat it. I toyed with the idea of sending him to the Virginia Tech vet hospital since they do digital xrays, but I’m going to go ahead and try my regular vet and see how it goes. Hopefully my wallet won’t have regrets.
He’s also getting his teeth done while he’s got loopy juice in his system. And Joey is becoming a gelding. So Saturday will be a busy day. I think I’m just going to close off this post with some of my favorite Copper throwbacks.