Dr. Tolley suggested we put Izzy in one of the catch pens while he worked on Speedy, and while Izzy ran around and screamed for a few minutes, he finally settled down, and I never heard another peep from him.
Dr. Tolley always asks if I have any specific concerns or things that he needs to check out. I always come with a list: How's his weight? Quite good considering how difficult Dr. Tolley thought it was going to be to get weight on such an active horse. Has he grown at all? Nope, he still sticks out at 16'3. Check out his leg. According to both Dr. Tolley and Dr. Gonzalez, I did an excellent job. No concerns. What's this thing on his sheath? Hmm ... that's not supposed to be there - sarcoid.
" ... to stimulate the host's immune system and result in an immune rejection reaction of the sarcoid."
While sarcoids terrify some owners, Dr. Tolley was decidedly unimpressed with this one and felt confident that this treatment would do the trick. He does not subscribe to the notion that one sarcoid means others are on their way. If the Xxterra doesn't work, he'll cut the sarcoid away and then freeze the site.
If I weren't such a Pollyanna, I'd probably be crying right now: Horse #1 has a bowed tendon (Dr. Tolley's official diagnosis was "tendonitis") and Horse #2 has cancer (eye roll - not that kind of cancer). Sounds pretty rotten/horrifying doesn't it?
The honest truth is that I am not down or mopey or even pouty about this at all. Nothing in my life is any different than it was a week ago. Well there might be a slight change as Speedy won't be going to any shows over the next few months, and there are a LOT fewer dollars in my checking account, but outside of those two conditions, I am business as usual.
Speedy will heal up just fine, and a sarcoid is really no big deal. And while Izzy's sheath was quite a bit bigger last night, I had a FANTASTIC ride on him that included cantering on both leads where he was balanced (or at least not out of control) and full of try. Honestly, I wouldn't trade places with anyone!
Except for maybe Bill Gates ... I'd trade places with him and then build dressage venues all over the country and stock them with excellent judges and invite EVERYONE to come and ride for free!