Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Trucker went to the Vet...

We brought Trucker into the vet clinic for his evaluation and x-rays...

Here he is arriving in the clinic...

He had some blood drawn for testing...

Then x-rays taken of his two crippled legs...

This is his front leg. Dr. Schur thought that that probably at some point in his young life this joint was septic and never treated. The bone remodeled and his joint is crooked. We are hoping that this joint will fuse even more, making it more stable. We will be checking it again in a few weeks and we may have it injected to speed up the fusing process. The vet thought he was relatively comfortable on this leg. The problems will come as he grows and becomes heavier which will put more strain and pressure on this area. Only time will tell how well he will do...

This is his hind leg, his Deep Flexor tendon (That runs along the back of his leg) is all stretched out and his pastern joints are luxating...

A front view of the hind leg. See how his toe is tipping up?

How his hind leg stands...

Dr. Schur worked on his foot...

Dr. Schur and Dr. Lamb put on a "magic shoe" which projects off of the sides and back to support his leg and put it back into the correct position...

Trucker was so patient, he stood like a champ...


Look at the difference the magic shoe makes! See how much more normal the angles are. For the first time Trucker was able to shift his weight to his crippled leg.

Our vets think we should continue on watching him closely and see how he progresses as he grows. He is active and interested, eating and drinking well and becoming a bit more chipper every day. As long as he has a quality of life and a will to enjoy his life, we will continue on with him.

So this was good news for now!

12 comments:

Terry said...

What an amazing improvement the vets and the magic shoe made! I wish him all the luck in the world. He seems to have a wonderful attitude.

Anonymous said...

God Bless Trucker. God Bless Jill and Sally for loving him so much and for taking good care of him.

Michelle said...

Thanks for the update. I will maintain cautious optimism for Trucker's continued good luck. That Magic Shoe is really nifty!

English Rider said...

You are doing wonderful things.

Jiller said...

Wow~ What a wonderful job you have done for him in just a few days! You are wonderful people, Thanks for keeping us up to date~

arlene said...

I'm so glad you are helping this lovely little fellow. He is so well behaved and handsome.

Do you have any idea how he became crippled?

Found art blog said...

Yay for Trucker!!!

Lori Skoog said...

That magic shoe is amazing. Could Trucker be any sweeter?

the 3 D's said...

Lil Sunday had magic shoes when he was born ,and now runs like the wind but it was good that jill and sally fixed the problem quickley . the shiloh gang is cool

TBDancer said...

These little guys realize you are trying to help them, and they know they will feel better when the procedures are finished. My OTTB, 17 years old, has had a LOT of vet work done, and he LOVES his "Uncle Ron," the man who had fixed all his physical issues and made him a happy camper. (The "cocktail" he gets from time to time isn't bad, either ;o) Fingers crossed for continued progress and success for the Little Mr. T.

Dan said...

Wow, 'magic shoes' I've never heard of them, but their name is certainly justified! I hope it helps Trucker to balance his weight more evenly and help him move more freely. Life really does seem to be on the up for him at Shiloh!
Every good wish to you Trucker!!
Dan
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Elaine said...

YAHOO, I am so happy. Thanks so much for being their for him. You guys make the world a better place for horses and the people you share your life with. e