Hey guys! I am finally posting another vet update on Rio. I know it’s been a little while since I did one, but I really wanted to give the leg a little more time to do something interesting (aka HEAL) so you could actually see some progress. So… here you go!
Remember to check out my last update first to see pics of where we left off.
Not bad huh? It’s definitely getting smaller, and really seems to be trying to heal over finally! I have been continuing to treat it with the laser, and applying PES Derm to it. This seems to be the right combo, and I am REALLY excited to be seeing progress lately.
As for the right hind, we are out of the woods. It’s super small now, and the only reason I am even wrapping it at this point is to help control the swelling. After months of wrapping , the legs is having to learn how to circulate again as it moderately swells when not wrapped. Trying a combo of 12 hrs on 12 hrs off right now to see how that does. I also ice boot it for 20-30 minutes post-ride. I have a few pics of it, but I have basically stopped photographing it since the wound is no longer the main concern. I still put some PES Derm on it to try to keep it from scarring. It currently looks like a thick scab.
Outside of the wrapping and wound care, Rio is doing awesome! Every ride is better then the last, and I continue to increase the difficulty. We even did a tiny bit of canter for the first time yesterday. He was definitely a bit awkward and playful, but very willing to give it a go. I have taken a couple of “1/2 lessons” with MM, aka 20-25 minutes of trot work focusing on asking Rio to carry his own step, not drop behind the vertical, and not RUN around at the trot. He has such a long step- I have to convince him that he never needs to trot that fast, he currently doesn’t believe me LOL.
Here is a short video clip of us trotting. It’s not great quality, taken in the indoor at night, sorry!
And here is a cute video of Rio and Scotti, who moved to new stalls last week and are enjoying antagonizing each other even more then usual: