With that being said, holy hell! We are having a string of particularly stinky life experiences. I am not sure where they started, but for me, the list goes back to the contractor we hired this past summer...
He never finished the job, so we recently sued him in small claims court. We won our case, but guess what? The state of California doesn't have a way to force the defendant to pay up, so we're out of luck as far as getting our money back. It is what it is.
My husband called the plumber who declared the price to fix it would either be $350 or $1,350, depending on how much work would be involved. I'll take door number one please. Guess again. Do you hear the sound of a giant buzzer? That's for me, so say it with me, It is what it is.
I know he healed completely the first time. He had three months of hand walking and slow rehab. After my vet cleared him to get back to work, he had a very busy show season without a single moment of lameness. In fact, after the first three weeks of trying to diagnosis him last year, he never took another lame step until this week.
I don't feel that the injury didn't heal. I am certain that he has just re-tweaked it in the exact same way he did the first time - pacing and whirling in his paddock. The type of collateral ligament injury that he sustained before (deep in the hoof capsule) is often a result of twisting. He was perfectly sound one day, and the next day he was lame at the walk. And as before, there is no heat, no swelling, no laceration ... just a walk that looks stiff and painful.
I've had to work really hard to shift gears. I had to call and drop out of the Christian Schacht clinic that was happening at the end of the month, and the two shows planned for March are definitely out. I'm just going to take this one day at a time. We'll go back to hand walking. He is sound again at the walk, so I'll start the rehab process again. Until then, I have Izzy to school and Austin and my barn owner's horse to ride.
It is what it is.