Apollo's doing well.
|This is Apollo being cute and a bit baffled. |
This is me laughing at Madison trying to get
Apollo to look at the camera.
TW told me on Friday that she'd chatted with the vet about Apollo, and she had some concern about how he was walking. He wasn't breaking over well or letting the leg stretch out behind him, just picking it up pretty quickly when it hurt. The vet/TW conclusion was that if he wasn't better by the end of the weekend, the best idea would be to bring him in for an ultrasound to check the tendon and tendon sheath. I wasn't bothered by the idea of this at all -- by all means, if he's not improving, let's figure out what's wrong! I think that if he had damaged the tendon or the tendon sheath, it would be pretty minor surgery to get it stitched back together and then heal up from there. Maybe faster healing than what he's been doing so far. But if we can avoid it, let's.
So TW looked at him yesterday, and she was quite positive about his improvement since she'd last looked at him go. Woohoo! So we don't need to worry about ultrasounding him at this point. If he doesn't keep improving, maybe then, but I won't need to worry about it until everyone goes and comes back from Galway. Barring significant change, I think that'll be a good point to reevaluate.
Apollo got a bath yesterday. For one, TED's here to do clipping today and Apollo's on the list for a body clip -- clean and Show Sheened horses clip better. For two, he lays in his pee spot in his stall and gets just disgustingly dirty and smelly. I'm glad he's not in a stall day in and day out as a regular thing, because YUCK. I'd have to figure out a way to bathe him in the winter. Anyway, he's currently cleaner than he's been in a long time, I think. Certainly cleaner than he's been since I bought him. I wish I could have some time with him all clean and Show Sheened, but ... alas, work. It'll be nice to have him clipped!
If I go to a fall event next year, I totally know what design I'll ask TED to clip into him before we go: *grin*
A lyre, of course! It'll be interesting to get a stencil of it, but I'm sure we can figure something out. :)
Let's see ... what else. Ordered a metric shit-ton of Co-Flex and Telfa bandages, and ordered a few rolls of Elastikon. It turns out to be cheaper to buy Elastikon by the roll at D&B than to buy it from ValleyVet, but VV has by far the best price on Co-Flex. I'm not interested in ever running out of supplies again.
I also have to look into trying on some half-chaps, since my tall boots have given up the zipper ghost. Must get those fixed. But in the meantime, half-chaps. I can find some inexpensively, but ... can I find some that FIT me? There's the rub. We'll see. I could go ahead and order a pair, but there's the shipping time and the wondering whether they'll fit, and the extra money for shipping, and whether I choose to buy a nice pair or a good enough pair ... argh. I'm going to hit the FLTS this afternoon and see whether there's anything I can make work, then go from there. I really do need something to ride in.
|See? Harder to tell in black breeches, but|
the paddock-boots-only look just
isn't too cool.