The next morning I went out early, and my heart sank when Cupid could barely walk. I felt horrible for not calling the vet the night before and called him immediately. The vet would be out later that morning, so I went off to take care of a few things. Then I got a call from the vet, who beat me out, and he said Cupid has an abscess. I asked if he was sure it wasn't anything worst, and the vet said yes it definitely seems like an abscess! I was very relieved.
|Cupid loves his vet!|
|Abscess on the toe|
|Soak with epsom salt|
|All wrapped up|
By Sunday Cupid seemed to be feeling pretty good, and a little tired of being kept in his stall. He is good as long as he is in the stall, but has a lot of energy when I bring him out to graze and kind of tries to drag me around. Since he was moving okay I decided he could resume turnout on Monday.
Our horseshoer happened to come out on Monday, and called and asked me what happened to Cupid's foot. I explained the situation, and he asked if he should put a shoe on. I thought we should since the abscess seemed to have drained, but asked him to take a look and do what he thought was best. He said Cupid was not reactive to the hoof testers and seemed good, so he put the shoe back on.
I'm going to have my lesson tomorrow (maybe taking it a little easier), and then decide with my trainer whether we should still take Cupid to the show, either to just hang out or still compete. But I am just relieved that he is okay!