Friday, 25 September 2009

Blood test results

One thing is sure: he doesn't have laminitis. At least that's what the vet said to me tonight after receiving the results from the lab.
He does, however, has an increased white blood cells count. I am told that the results mean that he has had an infection/inflammation of some sorts which most likely caused the filling of the legs. Apparently the results suggest the infection is now decreasing but I am puzzled as to how this can be determined since we didn't test any earlier samples? (unfortunately I had 100 questions in my head AFTER I put the phone down so I am going to write them all down and quiz the vet on Monday). Either way, the vet spoke to the sellers trying to find an information on anything that could explain the blood results and it transpires that the horse was fed cooked barley and that this could have been one of the triggers?
The vet's diagnosis for now is stress/feed induced intoxification and deep seated bruising to the feet.
I am really not too sure about the latter. The farrier is coming again on Monday to double and triple test the feet for the bruising. He will then speak to the vet and we will decide whether X- rays are needed.
Thankfully Kingsley is allowed out of his stable for short walk outs and hand grazing as he is getting bored. I lend him for rugging up demo for some students at the yard today as he loves attention and it gave him something to focus on while I was mucking his box out.
The blood was also tested for any pain related indicator and apparently there is nothing to show he is in any great pain. True to that he is very alert and happy in his stable, eats his hay with a passion and is interested in things around him.

Work wise I ran another Training Day and the rider loved it. It was F.'s second Training Day and we got into more technicalities learning about a true and complicated nature of a half-halt and putting it all into practice to improve transitions and general attentiveness of the horses. We also did a jumping session focusing on feel of the rhythm and the jump itself, staying with the horse's motion.
From time to time you get to teach people whose learning style matches your teaching style and they just 'get' every single instruction, metaphor and/or suggestion you make. This is why teaching F. is so enjoyable. She is one of those riders I need to say one thing and she knows exactly what I mean. It makes teaching so much easier and the progress so much quicker.
I am looking forward to teaching her again.


Anonymous said...

Very glad no laminitis - and good as well that the inflammation seems to be improving, according to the vet. I expect the hand walks are helping as well. Hope he continues to improve!

Vectormom said...

Wow puzzling still but fantastic news! No laminitis. I don't know if this helps as they are all so different but I did have a TB who would get deep bruising especially foxhunting in northern Va (the ground is like cement that time of year with lots of rocks). I kept him in honeycomb pads that were riveted to his shoe prior to his shoe being attached. We called them his 'running shoes', though a walk was much more his preference. Anyway, hope Kingsley is on the up side of things soon. Hava great weekend!

HorseOfCourse said...

No laminitis was nice to hear. I really do hope they find out WHAT it is though.
I must say I find it strange that nothing of this showed at the vet check.
Is a return possible?

Unknown said...

Yes, good news on no laminitis but really I would be mega surprised if it was. I saw good few laminitic horses and ponies and he looks anything like it...

Vectorom - how did your TB get diagnosed with deep bruising? Was it found by a farrier? How lame was he/she? Was it on all legs?

HorseOfCourse - well. I can't really air the ins and outs on a public blog but let me say, I am rather surprised nothing showed too...
I am tempted to test the blood samples taken at the initial vetting but it's very costly. The return is not easily possible unless we go the legal proceedings route. However, as it is, it's near impossible to prove when, how and what really happened to cause such massive performance/soundness loss.

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