It's too stinkin' hot. Just thought I'd throw that out there as a random non-sequitur in case any of you hadn't noticed.
The chiropractic vet was here this afternoon to check Tessa out. She has been having some issues and I was having a hard time pinpointing exactly what the problems are. She is so gaited that it is nearly impossible to tell exactly what is going on with her. I was pretty sure that I was seeing several different problems, none of them so bad as to make her really lame, but enough to make her feel "off" when I try to ride her. The saddle fit trouble I am still having just made it all worse. My diagnosis went something like this:
There's something wonky going on in her shoulders, the vertebrae there are crooked and cock-eyed, her back is sore, her hip is wacky and her right stifle is just all messed up.
The vet's diagnosis was more along the lines of....the cervical blah blah is out, the illeo-sacral joint is blah blah blah, the patellar ligament could be blah blah blah and the right stifle is just all messed up.
Nice to know my diagnosis was spot on anyway:) The scary thing is that I used to know exactly what all of the blah blah blahs were. I still know what they look like, but I seem to be losing the language of it. The mind is a terrible thing to lose.
Anyway, he put as many of the joints back where they belong as possible. He could inject the stifle, which would make it better for 6-8 months. It's an option I am not real thrilled with and would rather hold off on as long as possible. The best thing for it, long term, would be for Tessa to lose 100 pounds (couldn't we all) and get more consistent work/exercise to improve the muscles and ligaments. Um yeah, I'll have to try to fit that in with the job, lame donkeys, torrential rains, blizzards, heat stroke, sun poisoning, hay making, equipment failures, etc, etc, etc.
Come to think of it, I've been overweight and had stifle problems all my life too. I guess we will just have to keep muddling through, fat and lame as we are. We make a fine pair.
And since it is so STINKIN' HOT and I am trying not to whine too much, how about some random Ramsey pictures that I never got around to posting on one of our very rare nice winter days.