MUSTANG GENTLING




This blog is about the gentling of wild Mustangs and their stages of training.

































Sunday, January 17, 2010

Sanata has a visit with the Vet

Yesterday Santana saw the Vet about his pain issues. He definitely had a shoulder injury at one time that caused him to put most of his weight on the other leg. He has a shin split on that leg. On his injured side the leg is a little crooked from putting his weight on the other leg. The Vet said he will probably be able to be ridden for 5 years before the Arthritis in that shoulder will set in. There is a test that can be done, it costs about $1200, that would tell us the extent of the damage to muscle. It is were they shoot a nuclear dye into the muscles and then scan the body. It would show them everything. But we won't be doing this procedure anytime soon.
We will Bute him for 3 days to get any swelling down and then try and ride him next weekend. Bute IS NOT a drug in is an antiinflamatory, like an Aspirin!
He saw a farrier last Monday and he said that with corrective trimming and maybe shoeing we can correct his crooked leg.
It is amazing that he survived out in the wild for so long. We are thankful to have him in our lives!
We have completely changed directions with Santana. He will no longer be a 90 day horse for the competition, but we will be attending and definitely do in-hand unless he miraculously gets better.

5 comments:

Pony Girl said...

Interesting discovery. I hope the Bute helps him out! I'm glad you still have a plan for him in-hand, and hopefully everything will work out for this handsome boy!

Andrea -Mustang Saga said...

Wow, that's really too bad. It sounds like you're thinking about keeping him? Or am I reading the wrong thing between the lines?

He's a lucky boy to have people who care about him, as you obviously do.

stormyranch said...

No Adndrea you're not.
We would love to find him a good home but if it must be with us it will.

Debbie Vandevelde said...

THERE R SO MANY HORSES THAT NEED PEOPLE LIKE U, KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK AND HOPEFUULY HE WILL SHOW VAST IMPROVEMENT.

mkyamse said...

Bless your heart for looking out for him. It just proves your are in the competitions for the "right" reasons.