Friday, January 6, 2017

A Suzie Update

I haven't posted much about Suzie and how she was doing since the Vet appointment back in November. There are two reasons for this: I didn't want to jinx it by posting about it prematurely, and I wanted to allow the pain management system we have in place to actually start working and see how it was affecting her.

 When I had left off blogging about Suz, I had mentioned she had two additional doses of Legend which I brought back home with me. As per Vet recommendations, they were given to her 7 days apart from one another. And in addition, Suz was set up to have a farrier visit to assess any changes that could (and should) be made.

It has been 5 weeks since her last injection and 6 weeks since she had her feet assessed and re-shod.

From her shoeing appointment in November

So how is she doing?

In short - She is doing much, much better.

Her quality of life has improved tenfold and her "bad" days are fewer, and farther between. It took her a week or so to adjust to her new shoeing job - her heels are set to expand more and grow upwards vs having underrun heels.

She is starting to get undermuscled and saggy, but
I am hoping some stretches and mild exercise will
right that once again.
She gets around much easier, and knowing how concerned I was with the impeding Winter and snow, she has really done quite well so far and I am pretty pleased with the positives I am seeing. For example, her knee is actually more malleable than it was before and she can lift it higher for when I pick out her hooves.

The cold has been a bit difficult on her - the cooler days have her a bit stiffer and when her knee is bothering her, she will stand under the shelter and only move around a little bit. When the sun comes out and it warms up a bit more, she will trudge through the snow to the sunny spots in the paddock and wander through the barn aisle when I open up the doors to see if I have any treats hidden away in the tack room.

Her mischievous nature and enjoyment for hacking out has not waned, and I continue to tack her for hand-walks whenever I can, and have more recently been ponying her off of Spud's cart.

I anticipate, towards the end of January, I will be looking into getting another dose of the Legend to keep her loose and limber, but that has yet to be determined. My fingers are crossed she continues to do well and is still able to lead a happy life despite her physical limitations.


  1. I'm glad to hear the Legend seems to be helping, especially with how cold and snowy it is up there. I hope she keeps improving and stays comfortable for years to come <3

    1. I am glad too, the Legend seems to be a god-send!

  2. That's such a relief that she's responding so well to your treatment plan!!

  3. I'm so, so glad to hear your treatment plan is working!!

  4. It's always good to get good news in a Suzie update! She seems to be doing much better and enjoying life.

  5. That's great news! So happy to hear she's been feeling better!

  6. I'm so happy to hear she's doing well! :)

  7. You are such a good owner to continue keeping her as healthy and happy as possible.

  8. This is a wonderful update! You are doing so well with her, especially with such limited resources :)

  9. So glad you are able to keep her comfy. I totally agree with the whole "cold makes you stiffer" thing, seeing as that's how I work, too!