This past week Haakon has changed so I called the vet to come and check him over.
Symptoms: He is lying down a lot, he won’t get up for silage (Daisy had to fetch him the other day), he looks tucked up, has stopped arguing and he is not himself.
Since yesterday, Haakon is living round the house with his bestie, Iacs, and the chickens.
So the vet arrived this morning. She said Haakon presented with no clinical symptoms but appeared stiff on his hind legs after a flexion test.
She took blood and mentioned that he had “a beautiful jugular” as well as “excellent caecal flush in each of the four quadrants” (so proud, sniff).
She also mentioned that my horse was very well behaved which cheered me hugelys.Haakon failed his original buying vetting when he arrived in Shetland 22 years ago because he “couldn’t stay on four feet”. A plus – he has improved! (more proud, sniff).
We talked for a while about possible diagnoses and treatment. Bone spavin is very common in the Icelandic horse breed and that is what I am thinking it could be. The farrier, when he took off Haakon’s shoes yesterday, also mentioned this possibility based on his gait when he walked out of the shed.
So Haakon has started twice daily oral analgesia.
Iacs had a smidgen of food and then had to be held back.
This afternoon, the sun was shining and everyone was lying down.
The blood results are back now – all normal, so the way forward is two weeks of painkillers, regulated exercise (put shoes back on as he can’t manage without) and then discuss. If Haakon is not responding to the regular analgesia then x-rays and maybe a referral to an equine specialist.
Basically, Haakon has to live forever. He knows this because I have told him again and again.
Although we don’t have a diagnosis of spavin, it is a horrid possibility. An x-ray may confirm this, though.
Whatever, the pain has to be under control and Haakon has to be happy and when he stops blagging for carrots, then I will know what to do.
Meanwhile, I am trying very hard not to over-think this.