I just wanted to say how much I love my barn and my trainers and everyone there. I may not have any best friends yet, but they are so incredible with the pony. I got a text the morning the puffiness showed up "Your pony has a puffy LF and is lame". Followed up with a text from trainer/barn owner that "Pony has been treated and is resting in stall"
I went out and visited El-Lame-O last night and she looked very cozy in her stall. She's usually out at night and I don't know that I'm not attributing my feelings to her, but I swear she looked calmer and happier. She seemed to be glad to have the company of her next door neighbor Knox who also has scratches.
She's going to be kept in for 2 weeks with only arena turnout. Mentally this might be tough on her, though I've heard she just stands in her shed when she's outside anyway so maybe it's not that big a deal. She will get to watch the other horses and will be kept warm and dry. They are treating her foot and keeping a close eye on things.
It's kinda odd that the swelling isn't just around her fetlock, but is limited to one side of her leg between fetlock and knee. She has an old (three weeks?) splint there but hasn't had any problems. I haven't talked to anyone today about how she's doing because it's been *that* kind of a day at work, but I'm sure they would tell me if anything had changed significantly.
But I wanted to say publicly how much I appreciate my barn and everyone in it. I know that my pony will be well taken care of and get what she needs. I know that there are people looking out for her when I can't be there. I will be interested to see what happens while she's inside. It may be that because she's anxious, being inside with the other horses at night might work better for her. I know that horses generally like being outside with room to move better, but I also know there's no such thing as *this works for all horses*, so I'm open to alternatives. Of course, my checkbook would really prefer that she just stay outside at night.......