So, starting in March or so, about a month after his abscess blew, Scout started having this lameness. He would limp off and on and often only at a trot and sometimes if we walked him for a long time before trotting he would be fine and other times he wouldn't. We'd give him a week off, then ride, and then he'd limp 2 days later.
We thought maybe it was a residual abscess or another one. Or maybe it was arthritis - he is older.
His owner had his shoes removed and that seemed to help a little and then it didn't. We added MSM for joint support and that seemed to help a little and then it wasn't helping any more. There was still the occasional limp.
Meanwhile May crept up on us and the three scheduled shows for May and Scout was still limping. I went to cancel the first show and then Carus was lent a horse for shows for May so shows were back on but Scout was sitting them out.
It was weird not having Scout with us and people asked about him at the 4H show - Scout and Carus were famous. We missed him. I missed him more than I thought I would.
Then he was still limping so he couldn't do the other two shows in May, which we turned into just one more show and Carus still borrowed DJ and they did well, but they're not Scout and Carus so it wasn't the same.
Scout got a chiropractic appointment and that determined there might be something more going on so Scout got a vet appointment for x-rays and there was suspicion of ringbone.
The vet appointment finally came and I held out so much hope that it was just a little arthritis and the vet would have a program that would help him and he'd be better in no time.
It wasn't ringbone. It was ringbone's cousin - sidebone.
There's no cure.
Scout is now a retired show horse.
He is getting a rest while the meds and supplements the vet started him on get into his system and then he might be cleared for light riding. No trotting. No shows. Definitely no loping. He should be fine for trail rides or walks around the arena. Hopefully.
I feel weird for saying devastated, but it's the best way to describe it I think. I don't want him hurting so it's not like I want to just dose him up on painkillers and keep him moving until he completely breaks down. But I don't want it to be over for him already.
He's fine as a pasture pet. Carus and I still adore him and still love on him and take care of him and I don't want that to change.
Carus wanted to do 4H and OHSET (Oregon High School Equestrian Team) and while Scout wasn't an option for OHSET, they were really starting to hit their stride with 4H and I'm sad to see that end. Carus doesn't have the same connection with the other horses she's been working with (DJ and Dusty*) as she has with Scout. I knew there was a connection, but to see the contrast between horses is amazing and interesting. Ask my Grandma about the connection. She saw Carus ride DJ first and was all, 'that's a pretty little horse. I like him' and then saw Carus with Scout doing their follow the leader routine and apparently now has been telling everyone about the connection.
There are some options for her for next year and things are in the works for considerations and options. They're on hold while we prepare for Horse Fair at the end of this month though so my patience is being put to the test.
I'm a planner though, and this lack of concrete plans is driving me nuts. Figured putting this all down on the blog will be good for looking back on and for a venting of sorts. Now that it's out there maybe I can relax a little. We have all summer ahead of us. Who knows what next month will bring...
(DJ and Dusty are awesome horses in their own ways, not trying to say they suck or anything.)
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