Horribly Outdated

26 10 2010

Yes… I know…. I have been serious BAD about updating my blog with Picasso’s progress. I should be whipped…..

But here is an update: SO FAR SO GOOD!!!!!

Picasso has been steadily increasing his workouts the past couple months. We added in cantering and are doing pretty well!

In a recent lesson with Emily Giamonna, we experimented with a shorter rein. I have been riding Picasso long and low in an effort to get him to use his top line correctly. But either due to my lack of skill or some other variable, I have been unable to accomplish this… One theory is that his underneck is so well developed, which he did in his spare time…. that even in a long and low position, he is still using it…… Hmmm…. In the photo above he is still using that underneck…..

So how are his cysts?? So far, not a problem. I believe the combination of stem cells and Tildren have shored up the weakness… at least for the workload we have been doing. We have been doing 15-20 minutes of lunging, followed by 10 mins walk, 10 trot, 15-20 of trot with a smidge of canter. That’s about a typical day. I also mix in hill work.

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Tildren Today!

18 03 2010

Picasso began getting Tildren around 12 pm today. He was sedated and heart rate, temp checked to ensure not reaction. My vet Tere Crocker gave him a few vials diluted in a bag of saline to see if there would be any reaction before giving him more. All was well, so he got the rest and ended up using 2 one liter bags of saline to administer. He did very well.

I stayed with him until about 7:30 pm to ensure he wasn’t going to colic. Still a chance of it occurring over night, but when I left he had a heart rate of about 36 beats per minute, which was normal for him. So I am pretty confident he will be ok through the night. He attacked his dinner and pooped a couple of times, providing that at least for now, the digestive tract is still in gear. Fingers crossed no complications over night!

The Tildren will take a little while to have an effect. Some say one month, some say 3-4 months. Time will tell. But most people who have used it call it “magic.” We could use a little magic…..





Nice bareback ride today

12 03 2010

Rode Picasso bareback today. He was great except for one spook. We were walking by some paddocks when the horses in the paddocks spooked at Picasso. He wasn’t aware they were there and scooted away. Goofy boy. Couple of pictures. The second one shows a classic Picasso evasion.





Tildren on its way…

7 03 2010

My vet let me know that the Tildren was en route a couple of days ago. So that means it should be here within a week! I have been a little leery of my decision to use Tildren given some of the potential side effects… But I have had several conversations with people who have used it and all have been pleased. One woman I found has a jumper gelding who had the exact some cyst (type wise) that Picasso has! She gave her horse Tildren last year and he is back to kicking butt as a jumper. Tildren isn’t used as often for bone cysts, but it clearly worked for her. Let’s hope it works for us too.

Picasso is up to 5 minutes or so of trotting. We’ve been letting him do this on the Eurociser. But I wasn’t real pleased with how he crowded the gate so much… basically neck inverted, prancing a long.  He didn’t do this every time, but enough. So today I thought maybe I could lunge him on big long ovals and get the exercise done that way.  I let him warm for several minutes to loosen up. He began trotting and all was fine until he upped his trot to a bigger trot. Then it was apparent he was still very asymmetrical. Not lame, but not even…. Kind of a let down…. He is pretty even at the walk now, but not always. I am sure part of the shortening is from his tight hamstrings. When massaged, they do loosen up and he walks evenly… But what is causing his hamstrings to be tight….

Hoping the Tildren will fix that…..

Fingers crossed everybody!





Professional Butt Rub

27 02 2010

Today Picasso got a second visit from massage therapist Margaret Manion (scroll down for her contact info). Margaret is an excellent massage therapist. She works wonders on a horse. They are transformed. She first saw Picasso right before he went to Circle Oak. He was VERY tense around his sacro-iliac joint and his poll was completely blocked up and tight. She worked on him for an hour and finally got that poll to loosen up.

Today she said he was much better. I have been massaging him since her last visit, and she said my efforts have been helpful for him! His poll was not as tight, although there was some tension. She also said his hind end was tight but better than last time. He is also gaining more muscle. Horray! Go Picasso!

Today was the weirdest weather. The storm rolled in around 10 am, started to POUR around 11 am. Then at around 3 pm, it suddenly stopped and blue skies emerged! It was quite a beautiful afternoon! Good ole Sonoma County!





Adding more rehab work

23 02 2010

At Circle Oak, Picasso has been getting progressively more “stuff” added to his rehab schedule. He is up to 45 minutes of hand walking and that means he can get 5 minutes of trotting!!!! Monday-Wednesday-Friday he goes into the hydrohorse for more time. He gets an extra 30 seconds tacked on to each session. Tomorrow he will be doing 9 minutes! We are working up to 15 minutes per session. We also have been experimenting with how to get Picasso to stretch his neck out in the hydrohorse….. I’ve been taking his Jolly Ball and dangling it in front of him and asking him to touch it. This usually results in him stretching out his neck to touch the ball. Mission accomplished! If only he would hold his head there…..

Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday, he gets to go on the Eurocizer for a few minutes. Today we tried to see if he could trot in the eurocizer, with mixed success….

He already finds it annoying to have to have his speed policed by a big metal gate… so to add to that, he now can have some energy and trot..but still be policed by the big bad gate. We pumped the eurocizer speed up to trot speed cause he was so excited he was trotting a the walk speed. (eyeroll) So after increasing the speed, nothing really got better. He still crammed himself up again the lead gate, head straight in the air. Lovely….. Megan is going to experiment with when to trot him in there, i.e. after 15 minutes of hand walk, in the afternoon, after he gets his calm and cool. He seems to be quieter in the afternoons anyway, so maybe all of that will help is calming him down. After he stopped trotting, we let him walk for a few minutes, and he FINALLY did a nice long and low walk. I think he was tired.

Picasso is also getting as much turn out as weather and his boredom will allow. So far he has been averaging 1 hour per turn out. After about an hour, he gets bored of grass and starts to play. But yesterday he did a whopping 2 hours!!!! It was sunny and warm, and he was in heaven. Then the horse in the neighboring paddock began to run and he joined in. Party time…. over…..

He is starting to get some more muscle across his back and hind end! Yeah!!





Time for an Update

13 02 2010

So Picasso is progressing through his rehab at Circle Oak. He is under great care there and I am really happy with his situation!

So my vet went to a big vet conference a couple weeks ago. She was able to talk with 7 other vets who were either bone experts or stem cell experts. The concensus she got was Picasso should get another infusion of stem cells into the joint. So just a basic sedation and joint injection. The vets also recommended using Tildren.  Tildren is a bisphosphonate, a class of drug that regulate bone metabolism. Basically, bones are always being built and broken down. The osteoblast builds, the osteoclast destroys. I think in humans, every 10 years you’ve got a whole new skeleton. So the Tildren stops the activity of the osteoclasts, allowing for more bone to be layed down and not broken up. Tildren also seems to have an anti-inflammatory effect on bone tissue.

This drug is given IV slowly diluted in saline. It can cause colic, so usually Banamine is given as a preventative. Pretty much every vet I have talked to that has used this stuff thinks the world of it. It’s been used in Europe for years, but is not approved for use in the US yet. So to get it, my vet has to make a special request through the FDA. She’s given it before, so shouldn’t be an issue.

Picture post later.