I got Packenham (Paddy for short) - an ex point-to-pointer in May of 2012, after having a break from riding of about 20 years. There have been some ups and downs (mostly downs) over the past 18 months & this is our journey together from Paddy being a racehorse to hopefully eventually a riding horse!

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Not good news

Paddy has been to the vets for the past couple of days and he has been nerve blocked. They have found that he has a problem with the caudal area of his foot and it blocked to the bursa area. He had x rays done and they showed that he has reverse rotated pedal bones.

The vet has injected the bursa to see if this will make a difference, but has said that with this type of problem he would recommend remedial shoeing to raise his heels, which will then take the pressure off his heels. If that does not work, then an MRI scan and probable neurectomy.

This was devastating news, as I bought Paddy to event, and it is unlikely that he will ever be able to do any of this.

I am going to do some research on navicular problems to see what would be the best way forward.

On a more cheerful note, I have found a lovely new yard in Fulbourn, with a lovely yard owner, who is sensible and knowledgeable and we are to move in before Christmas.

I have managed to get Paddy out in the field also over the past week with his mate Lordy, which he seemed to enjoy!

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