10 minute walks and paddock

21 11 2009

I have been woefully delinquent in my duties as a blogger. I am just not cut out for posting regularly! Especially when there isn’t that much to post about….. since my last post, Picasso has increased his walk time to 10 minutes, and he now has a medium sized paddock! It started as a 12 x 12 paddock, but since he has been good and Tere, the vet, cleared him, his paddock is now 12 x 20 or so.

This was him in the original 12 x 12.

Still seeing the Zapper Ladies once a week.

So December 16th is the day he is allowed to have a slightly bigger paddock, and come January 1st, he gets to start the hydrohorse treadmill!!!!

I have no documentation, but last week Picasso decided to try and see just how many caprioles he could squeeze into a minute. I think he may have made a record. He just couldn’t take one step on his handwalk without striking or bucking or caprioling! It was insane! I was laughing out loud at him. He just could not contain himself! Poor guy! Luckily the Zapper Ladies saw him soon after and said he was fine. Goof ball!!!!


How to entertain a bored horsey

9 11 2009

So, understandably, Picasso is pretty bored locked up in a stall all day. I’ve bee trying to keep him relatively occupied.  One of the best ways to do this is to give him food!  But……. he also can’t get over weight. A conundrum….

A solution! I heard about hay bags called slow feeders.  In particular, there is a company called Busy Horse that makes a good slow feeder. These bags are cool!  They have smaller than typical holes for the horse to access the hay.  Simulates natural grazing more accurately than our standard feeding system.  His bags arrived yesterday.  He is getting one this morning and after he is done, he gets a bag with even smaller holes called a Busy Snacker!  This one should keep him occupied that whole day!


In other news, Picasso had a treatment with the Zapper Ladies of North Coast Equine Physical Therapy. They are great ladies and Picasso likes them a lot. They do myopulse therapy where they use ultrasound wands to apply sound waves to Picasso’s stifles to promote healing.


And on Saturday night, Picasso had his first hand walk! He did some acrobatics of course, but not too bad for his first time out in nearly 2 week!


A quiet end to his first day home

2 11 2009

Picasso had a relatively uneventful first day home. Except for the minor incident where he tried to jump out of his stall. I guess they were working on the skylights, and he got a bit scared, understandably. But catastrophe was averted thanks to Leslie, and Auntie Annika stayed to comfort him while skylight work was postponed. 🙂

Good night!


Turning this blog into a Picasso Rehabilitation Blog

1 11 2009

So Picasso went to UC Davis on the 28th of October for bilateral arthroscopic surgery to implant stem cells in his sub-condular cysts. For those of you in need of term definitions: Bilateral means both sides. Arthroscopic means with a camera at the end of a tube. Means a small incision, less damage. The cysts Picasso has are on both stifles, aka the knee joint in humans. At the end of each femur, he has a big hole where there is cartilage instead of bone. Not good….  He started the 29th with prep for an epidural.

IMG_0566Doug, the anesthesia guy is awesome! Very caring. He came by the day before several times to see Picasso. He wants the horses to get used to his voice. He believes if they know him a bit, as he wakes them up they will feel calmer. I think he’s right. Plus he had cookies…. Picasso loved him.

Next he was off to surgery about 930 am. They took him over to the building where the orthopedic surgical suite was. I was not allowed inside.

IMG_0567These are “The Doors” he was behind. He was eventually brought out on a pallet via forklift and taken to the “wake up room.” I was also not allowed to view that. But I waited by his stall and he was brought over by his friend Doug.

IMG_0568So for his surgery, he was placed on his back in a water bed! Very cool! But the disadvantage (of which there are many) is that the blood can pool in their head, clogging sinus’ and making them all puffy looking. This of course was what Picasso had. Also the eyes are lubricated with a gel because they can’t blink while under anesthesia. Poor baby.

IMG_0571He was also shaking a lot from the adrenaline of getting up and the after effects of anesthesia. Hard to watch, but he was calm about it. He received 3 insertions into his stifles: 1 on the left and 2 on the right. They found the left cyst to be fully blocked off, YEAH! The right cyst was slightly still open into the joint. I got to see the arthroscopy images. The right side looked like a swimming pool depression and a black hole in the middle. That’s the opening. They injected stem cells into each cyst successfully.

IMG_0569The following day he was not as sore as they expected! Good thing! He stayed there Friday and left at around 6 PM on Saturday. Blew By U Horse Transport came to get him. They were great. He got his own stall!

IMG_0575He drove very carefully to minimize impact on Picasso. Thank you Billy and Blew By U! He arrived home around 8 PM, and I put him in his nice stall. Annika of Wine Country Sporthorse made up an excellent stall for him. Nicely bedded with dinner and a view!


This morning I went over to give him his bute and hang out with him.

IMG_0581He is restricted to a stall for a week and then after that only is allowed 5 minutes of hand walking per day. I will keep a running blog about his progress and what we are doing! After 8 weeks, he will be starting the use of a hydrohorse treadmill at Circle Oak Rehabilitation! Very cool!