Friday, March 13, 2009

Empress 2-Week Update

Well, 2 weeks and one day.... Empress is doing very well. The rate in which she was gaining weight has slowed, but that's to be expected given that she's been on a restricted diet for a few days. She has still gained, though, and I'm happy to report her front feet are doing very well. Her angles are still a bit off but there is definite improvement. I will try to post video tomorrow.

Here she is after her grooming today. She is starting to shed some and her coat has improved by leaps and bounds.


Here is a top view--she's not nearly as bony as she was.....

Here are two pictures of her left pastern. I believe she has ringbone. She favors this leg and so far I cannot pinpoint this protrusion to any injury. You can see on the left side of the photo there, something that looks like a scab. It isn't--it is a bare spot and ridge that runs parellel to her hoof.
On the other side there is a smaller ridge--I tried to show it by holding down her hair with my thumb.

I'd love to hear from anyone with experience with ringbone. Of course once she can travel a little better she'll be seen by the vet, but as much progress as she's making and now she's pretty comfortable, it's not an emergency. I think if we can get her angles corrected (and put alot less pressure on her pasterns) that she'll be broodmare sound, without a doubt, so I don't know that we'll do anything more invasive as long as she's comfortable. So right now it's a wait and see anyway. I'm thrilled she's come so far in only two weeks! :)

3 comments:

knoyes said...

Holy cow, she looks great!! Another couple of months and she might not be fat, but she won't look abused! She is going to be a looker isn't she?

Kim

knoyes said...

Ummmmm, is she bred?

Kim

Jessie Baker said...

Thanks. She is a pretty mare, and so absolutely sweet.

I really hope she's not bred, but there's a possiblity. She doesn't need to be carrying a foal and I don't need another baby around here LOL.