The vet was by yesterday (she had teeth to float and shots to give at my barn, plus a lameness check for one of the lesson horses), so she took some time to look at Ezhno. She injected him with a low grade sedative, had me trot him down and back in the arena, and then declared him
Needless to say, that’s fantastic news. We’re a few days away from the two month mark of stall rest and Big Horse is blowing the vet’s timeline out of the water. At this rate, there’s a good chance that he’ll be back in working order by the end of March (albeit very slow working order, since there’s no rushing a rehab and the last thing I want is to reinjure him).
In the mean time we plan on continuing our hand walking, but this time I’m going in armed with an oral sedative provided by Trainer A (which I’m sure Ezhno will just love, judging by how vehemently he hated having his bute administered orally). Trainer M also asked the vet whether or not punishing Ezhno’s… exuberance… might run the risk of exacerbating the injury. At this point, the vet has given us express permission to lay into him for any bad behavior—so Ez better SHAPE UP.
And as a side note Big Horse has put on weight and he’s shedding out some of his extra winter fluff, so despite his bad attitude he’s looking damn good.