Neck & knee injections, baths, & show prep

Today was a busy day. Suzy came out and we took Tanq & Romeo out on an early trail ride, she wanted to get a ride on before we took Romeo in for neck & knee injections. We’d decided he deserved another round of them. Romeo was a 12 shot boy today.

Romeo is a good patient and at 27, we let the young vets practice on him. The two young vets were fabulous today. The first question we ask is “How old do you think he is?”. Chelsea guessed “19”. Ha! He looks good for an old geezer. The first thing we do is give him a cocktail(injection #1), because he still gets all worked up when he goes places alone. In fact, he is a bit more insecure as he gets older.

We had Chelsea Luedke and Ashley Hamilton from Piedmont Equine Practice doing the honors. Chelsea was quite happy when I told her that she got to practice on the old man! She did his knees and was surprised that he did not need to be twitched. I promised her that he’d object to the twitch much more than the needles. He likes needles & shots. He’s weird. He had had his cocktail though, so was quite tipsy. The knees were quick, almost anti-climatic after all the clipping and scrubbing. That was shots 2,3,4,5.

These two were a great team today. The neck injections are ultrasound guided and they use a 4 or 5″ needle, one vet (Chelsea) holds the ultrasound probe and guides the other vet (Ashley) putting the needle in by telling her to correct the angle. At the first injection site, while viewing the ultrasound screen, Chelsea was pointing out all the damage in his neck, even seeing a bit of a bone chip on one of the facets they were about to inject, which she surmised that was from a ligament pulling…and likely just his genetic makeup. This was injections #6,7,8, and side 2 was #9,10, & 11.

At one point, while they were doing the second side, Dr. Paul Anikis walked by from another treatment room and asked “did you see the abnormalities?”. “Oh yes” they both chimed!

Why yes, Romeo does have a lot of “pathologies” in his neck. After his first round of neck injections…hmm, back in 2008 or so, the vets all commented on that. I think it was Dr. Nolan who said “that is a lot of pathologies”. After the 2008 injections we were amazed at the huge difference in him. And, while he was still benefiting from the steroids, Suzy started him on a pretty good stretching routine, torturing him with carrots tantalizingly far from his reach! That has helped immensely. He is the horse who cannot get flies off his side. He can finally get his nose back to the girth area…almost, but he will never be called Gumby…or even Pokey, Gumby’s horse!

After he was done with 11 of his 12 injections, we took him to the barn side and they washed all the betadine and alcohol off his neck and knees, there he got #12, the banamine. We were done by 11am, and headed home.

Suzy was off to work, and I took a short little nap, then was off to the bank, the small animal vet pick up prescriptions for Rhiannon, my very, sick corgi, then to the pharmacy to fill the prescriptions, even got one for me!

Then it was home, to get Bali bathed. She was rather obnoxious, but realized that not only was I going to beat her if she didn’t comply, but wait…that water is warm!!!! She is fond of the new water heater. Got her socks washed, scrubbed her down, mane, tail, conditioned, and then dropped a cooler on her and loaded up into the trailer to head over to Morven Park to pick up my number & show package and take a lesson in the rings before the show starts.

Had a great lesson, which probably deserves a post of its own. Got home around 7, grabbed the hatching fly predators, tacked up Sparkle, rode her around to put out the predators, then a short ride in the ring, came inside to have a salad, and sit for a few minutes.


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2 Responses to Neck & knee injections, baths, & show prep

  1. Net says:

    19 is what I would have guessed as tops for Romeo, too! I have seen one horse after another have sudden topline degradation at 19, regardless of work and how well they’re cared for. It’s a magic age. But Romeo’s topline looks fantastic, at least in that picture!

    • Mel says:

      Thanks! The credit goes largely to Suzy, his rider, and possibly some odd genetics that gave him a bad neck let him have a decent back!

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