But He's Out
Scott was by to shoe Toby and trim Chance. Afterwards, he gave Tucker a good going over. He didn't seem sore in his hoof. So, after a bit of rebandaging--Scott really liked the band aid--I took the big boy out to lunge.
OK. So, he limped. But after some careful reconsideration, I realized he was limping on his LEFT front now with his head nodding as the RIGHT front hit. So what now? Scott checked his left front and didn't find anything, but really thought he looked a little "funky" on the right once in a while too.
Now, the shoeing change was pretty radical, so that could be a factor. He'd been in for three weeks so his right stifle could be a problem. OR--heaven knows.
We decided to just turn him out and see how things progress. I left him out on his own for the rest of the evening, locking him in at late feed. It is supposed to be terribly hot today, so I finally decided to just let him go out with the other Boys for the day.
I might have been rushing things, but I don't think they are going to run around too much in the heat and thinking of Tuck locked inside again on a hot day was not making me feel too good.
There are all kinds of medical tests we can yet do to try to figure out what's wrong, but I do not have medical insurance on Tuck and my budget is really limited as to how much I can afford to spend. As long as he's happy and comfortable, I am just going to wait things out with this. I haven't been riding much and I do have both Chance and Toby to ride when I want to. Chance has a lot of potential as a dressage horse should I decide to do some showing again, but I certainly haven't missed the competition. If I can't ride Tucker, that will be just fine.
And, if by some chance I come upon a financial windfall, I might pursue some medical tests for him. If he gets worse, of course, then I certainly will treat him, but right now the limp is so slight you really have to look for it to see it. And he certainly doesn't seem much bothered by whatever it is.
More wait and see.