Thursday, August 04, 2016

Tucker Hock: Part 5

Ice and In 

My vet and the consulting vet both think the lesion on the bone is a result of part of the tendon sheath tearing away. So, rather than a kick or blow, it was likely a twist or bad step of some kind.

That kind of feeds into the fact that his front shoe was twisted off that day as well.

The current treatment is naqusone, which is a corticosteroid and antiflammatory. I am icing it once a day and still applying Surpass (in a generic form).  Tuck is also still confined in his little stall and pen.

He is being a good boy about it.

However, yesterday, I took him outside for a little graze and a roll in the dirt.

My bad.

I did not lock the other two Boys in their stalls and Chance decided to come for a visit--a rather energetic visit. He careened around us in galloping, bucking circles and Tuck rolled. Then, pulled a crash and burn of his own, slipping on some mud and landing on his side with a tremendous "whomp" next to the fence.

Fortunately, after he caught his breath, he leapt back to his feet and took off again.

That set Tucker into a rather scary fit of bucking and striking on the end of the lead line. While I would rather have ducked and run for cover, I managed to hang on, settle him back down and head right back into the barn.

He was remarkably self-contained back on the cross ties. Whew.

He is a BIG horse, about 17 hands, and I never quite know how safe he is when he gets riled up. So far, he responds to correction, but his size is pretty intimidating.

I guess the hand walking will only be done without the extra equine visitors.

My vet says it could take months for Tuck's leg to heal.

I just hope Tuck can be a patient patient in the interim.


  1. Anonymous6:28 AM

    Glad you're both OK - that must have been scary! Those types of injuries do take a while to heal, but they tend to heal well.

  2. It's hopeful to have a diagnosis and a treatment plan. As to that forward strike, I was victim to that with a young horse many moons ago, when another equine galloped around in his nearby pasture. Thank goodness I was only struck by a shoeless front hoof. Even that resulted in trauma related cataract.

  3. That sounds pretty scary. They are so powerful it's amazing they can be somewhat controlled by us little humans on the end of a short rope. Glad he was sensible on the cross ties. He's a good boy. Hope he heals quickly.