Wednesday, 17 October 2012


My goodness. It's been months. To cut a long story very short, Echo started getting sore in her back when being ridden - not in the saddle area but behind it - and the physio said she didn't look right behind again.

The vet came out, nerve blocked her again and said she was lame again in both suspensories - i.e. when he nerve blocked the right hind she showed lameness on the left. Having done shockwave and gradual reintroduction of work, as well as having given her a long time off in the past, the only real option was surgery.

So last night my amazing friend (and, incidentally, Echo's physio) drove her to the vets, so she could be stabled overnight and then be operated on this afternoon. I felt horrible leaving her there, but she had a lovely big stable, with company on either side and a full haynet, so I'm sure she wasn't too worried.

I've been a nervous wreck today, knowing how they operate on horses - she had a general anaesthetic and I was so worried. But I had a phonecall at about 6pm this evening to tell me that she was back on her feet and tucking into a haynet. They were pleased with how the surgery had gone and, all being well, she should be able to come home in a week.

She'll be on full box rest for two weeks, then box rest for a further six, with gradually increasing hand-walking over that time. After that she should be able to have restricted turnout and start building up the walking so that she can be ridden. The vet hopes that in four months, she should be in light to medium work. She'll be so bored, but I'm confident it was the right decision to make. She hates not working and it has been so stop-start over the last couple of years. Hopefully this will sort the problem and we can get back to full work again by next summer.

So fingers crossed, everyone, for the speedy recovery of her poor suspensory ligaments. Hopefully we should be back on track soon.


Anonymous said...

I hope Echo recovers soon. I've been reading this blog for years, and I wish you both an uneventful recovery and a return to work again soon!

Suzie said...

Thank you - and thank you for reading the blog too - it's always nice to hear from people who do!

Kelly said...

So glad you posted an update and about Echo's surgery. Glad all went well - how stressful waiting for that call must have been! Hoping for a speedy recovery!

Kelly said...

So happy all went well with the surgery - how stressful waiting for that call must have been! Speedy recovery to Echo!

Christine said...

Suspensories - ouch! Glad to hear that at least the response after surgery was to tuck into some hay! :)

achieve1dream said...

Oh my! I'm so glad the surgery went well! You and Echo will both be in my thoughts. I hope she heals up quickly and completely so you guys can just get back to enjoying each other. :) Maybe to keep her from being bored while on stall rest you can try training her some tricks? Just find low fat, sugar free treats since she won't be getting exercise. Can't have her packing on the pounds while her suspensories are healing. :)

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