Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Welcome to My Blog
I, first, must apologize for not including a single photo in my blog as of yet. It's not a good excuse, but the only reason that I haven't added any pics is because I am always at work, and of course...none of my photos are on my work computer. I do promise to make it up to you.
I should probably give a background of myself, but to be honest, it's my blog and I'm not in the mood right now. Right now I have a dilemma, or at least what I believe to be a dilemma. I'm hoping by typing this all out, and possibly getting feedback from some stray reader, I can solve my perceived dilemma. Here goes nuttn'.
My horse, CJ, will be 11 years old in May of next year. He has been loosely diagnosed with navicular syndrome for approximately 3 years. We followed the traditional prescriptions for the first year, and since that time I have been venturing into more holistic and conventional methods of "treatment". To be honest, I just want him to be comfortable, but I see no real reason why my otherwise healthy, in-his-prime, multi-talented gelding can't also be useful at the same time. His lameness and comfort levels seem to rise and fall with as much randomness as my own brainfarts. Right when I think I have discovered a slight breakthrough, right at the moment that the clouds begin to part and the sun's rays peek through to shine on us, he comes up 3-legged lame again. It's heartbreaking and taxing and to be honest...it's pissing me off.
Currently, after completing a course of PHW's, my boy is barefoot and using Boa boots on loan from our wonderful farrier, to be used only for riding. I am not regretting pulling his shoes, allowing his toe to grow back out, and watching his hoof structures rebound from captivity in those shoes. I am just wondering if this is enough. If this is the right thing. If I should just leave him alone out to pasture to live out his days. Maybe I should be taking him in for an MRI and more x-rays, getting more chiro and massage, experimenting with even more supplements and pain management treatments. Can someone help me try to find the correct answer? How much time do I have left to get this right? If navicular syndrome is a degenerative condition, the clock is ticking whilst I "play around" with the most convenient and cost-effective ideas, and my horse is getting worse by the minute?
Anywho, those are my random thoughts today. Aren't you lucky that you stumbled over here?