At the beginning of september i first noticed ali feeling just a little stiff on the left rein, he wasn't lame just didn't feel himself (a lesson to all to listen to their gut instinct) I had our team competition at blenheim so i tried hard to continue until i was convinced it felt wrong, I made the hard decision to withdraw and and give him a week off to see how it looked, The farrier said he felt it was Thrush and he was sore in his feet, we treated this but un-fortunately he still trotted up un-level.
The vet was called out, He took a while to find the cause of the problem and made sure he was very sure, After much prodding and poking around we decided the only way to be 100% sure was to book the ultrasound machine to scan.
The top picture shows what we found, a hole in his superficial flexor tendon (circled). Alex was then put on very restricted turn out and rest for 6 weeks, When the vet returned 6 weeks later to re-scan we were so pleased to find the hole was healing well, you can see from 2nd pic the hole is nearly gone.. YAY!!
I have been told i can up his walk work, the challenge starts as he can be a bit... erm tricky! Armed with bridle, lunge line, riding hat, gloves and NAF magic supplement... we attempt to walk him, often meeting every possible hazard!
I hope that when he is re-scanned again the hole will be completely healed and we can get back to normality.. slowly but surely!
Just for the record this injury was dated back to a field incident where our horse celtic had jumped out the field and poor ali had skidded to a halt at the gate!
Thank you to everyone for the support and well wishes... I have started to wonder if i can still ride a horse but sure it won't take us long to get back in the swing of things!