First off, the girls got their hooves done. Misty's fronts were pretty long so I definitely didn't want to deal with them and Jetta recently started chipping, so it was time.
Secondly, my vet friend came out to do some check-ups. The plan was to do Jetta's teeth, but for some odd reason, there's nowhere to do it inside (no head support areas) and it was absolutely pouring outside and neither of us really thought getting electrocuted would be fun.
Misty got flexed, which was the good part. Overall, she said that I didn't really have anything to worry about. She wasn't sore anywhere though she did have a slight decrease in range of motion in her hocks. But not consistent with a lameness score of 1/5 like the last vet gave. No soreness in her hocks though. She might be in the process of fusing, but her hocks aren't "square" looking so likely not completely fused yet. She said her stifles were really excellent and front legs were fine. No navicular issues (which she's always really tentative about in stock type horses). I definitely trust this vet more than the other one. She's very pragmatic and not likely to sugar coat anything, so I really appreciate her "diagnosis" so to speak. Yay, my horse isn't broken! Well, not broken, but not needing any maintenance of any sort.
The bad part. Jetta. She didn't get her teeth done, but she had another problem. She popped her splints on not one, but BOTH hind legs. Oh, mare. What am I going to do with you. I came out to the barn on Thursday and she had a lump on her left hind. I lunged her and she was sound, so I didn't worry about it too much. Friday, I came out and both hind legs were swollen. So I wrapped them and then today, unwrapped and lunged her again. She looked great so I wasn't too worried about it, but had the vet look at them. She thinks its definitely a splint. So now she has to be wrapped for three weeks and stay inside. Which sucks. Hopefully they'll heal ok. Since she's not lame it doesn't appear that there's any involvement of the suspensory ligament. Fingers crossed!
Has anyone dealt with splints and have any advice? Also, I'm thinking she'll need to have turnout boots on her back legs, what do people use? I don't have anything that isn't fleecy or neoprene so I need something to prevent her from hurting herself that's breathable and will stay clean.
Well at least she's pretty?