Well, he's definitely going to make it!
He went from dead lame to walking... walking defined as picking up and placing one foot, then the other, bearing full weight on each leg... three weeks to the day of the injury.
He has since begun to sleep on the bad side as opposed to the good side, run in his stall (they're huge stalls) and is even rearing up. He has scratched his belly withi his good foot and even scared 10 years off the end of my life by falling in his stall while running around like a mad fool (excited to see me) without re-injuring himself. He is now on a hand walking program.
I could be wrong... and throwing my money away (to the tune of about 200 to 300 per month) on supplements, but I truly believe there is something in my hodgepodge of ingredients that has to be helping him heal to see this much recovery so quickly.. especially since the first vet wanted to put him down, and the second one, while adopting a "wait and see" attitude, did caution me that he'd had a warmblood filly in the week before showing the same symptoms who did not make it.
Not only do I get to keep him, but the stable owner tells me when he's in cleaning the stall he has seen Ali, when distracted by the horses outside, standing square on the hind end with his hips dead level!
That being the case, I might even be able to put my arrogant little big man in the show ring :)
And, there are no negative effects to the other leg... laminitis
, blowing out the good leg due to his youth, pastern issues, etc... and if there is muscle atrophy it is minimal... and I'm not sure how much is atrophy from disuse, and how much is excess muscle on the other side from supporting all the weight.
I'm currently looking to bring in massage therapists and/or an osteopath to work the muscles and fascia and doing some rehab work to restore range of motion at the walk... although I suspect just walking him around will help as well.
I remember hugging him in the vet's stable and breathing in the smell of my boy... trying to get in enough to remember cause I just might not get to keep him. I'm so grateful that I get to keep more of this horse of my dreams and my heart than just the memories.
Thank you for being there... and for providing an alternative to letting my vet flip him over and x-ray.