Thursday, February 19, 2009

Jesse's Day with THE DOC!

I don't know if I mentioned that this season in the desert besides Jesse's owey toes and quarter carck issues we have also noticed that it is taking him much longer to recover from climbing or trotting and loping. There were several possible reasons for this that The Bossman and I kept tossing back and forth as why he was having trouble.

1. Our PNW trainer broke her leg and has been out since the 1st week in August. Instead of his usual 5 days a week of being ridden he was only getting our 2 rides a week the 3 months before he came to the desert. Thus he came down to the desert not as legged up as he normally is.
2. Because of his 3 separate weeks off with his owey toes...we had to start all over each time we started getting him legged up.

3. Jesse is usually body clipped within a week or 2 of us getting to the desert. This year the lady that does it has had a hard time getting to it...then it got too cold down here to do it. It has been rescheduled to be done but has not happened as of yet. His hair is thick and curly like a cows and maybe just could not cool down because of it.

4. His new "Manolo's" were put on 6 weeks ago and he has not had owey toes...however he still is having trouble getting his breathing under control.

Last week I called The Doc and made an appointment to take a look at Jesse's problem. The Doc had been on some rides with us where we had to wait for Jesse to recover. Here are today's pictures of his visit with The Doc and THE BOY!

Who is The Boy trying to fool with this??? However when Jesse saw this he was afraid it was going up the other end!!
Instead they put it over Jesse's nostrils to create a restricted breathing response from Jesse. He was such a good boy and just let THE BOY hold this over his nose while The DOC listened to both sides of his lungs and heart.
They do this several time and Jesse just stood there!
The Doc listens to Jesse's heart and lungs!
The Doc wants to listen again after Jesse gets a bit of a run. The Bossman takes him into the arena.
After Jesse's run the Doc listens again!
And again!
And again!!!

So yes..............I am freaking out!!!

The Doc says that Jesse's lungs are clear, but he is not hearing a "normal heart beat" after working. It is like he has an"extra beat". The Doc recommended that we take Jesse to the Vet school and hour and 1/2 away for an EKG, chest ex ray and possible scope test. The Doc said he believes it is nothing life threatening but that we need to have it checked out. He decides to give Jesse a steroid shot that is an anti inflamatory and wants us to work Jesse tomorrow and see if he recovers any quicker after the shot.

The Doc prepares Jesse's shot!
Jesse takes his shot like a big boy!
However was not to happy about getting/giving a blood sample!
SAVE ME MOM!!! But The Bossman has a tight hold on him!

THE BOY and his Shadow dog pose...but I told Shadow not to expose himself so THE BOY covered his privates!

At this time we are waiting for The DOC to schedule an appointment for us next week at the Vet school hospital. We are keeping our fingers crossed that this condition is treatable, and that Jesse will be back to himself on the trails soon!

The BOY plays with Jesse's mouth, which Jesse LOVES!

Your Anxious Desert Rose!


  1. What a beautiful boy Jesse is; I hope he gets better soon. It's so scary when our babies are ill!

  2. I will be praying that your beloved Jessie is ok, love sissie

  3. I'm sure your baby will be fine and make it through this. After all he's still a young whippersnapper and he has a wonderful Desert Rose to be with him every step of the way and make sure he gets the best care in the world!

  4. Lets think good thoughts for your Jessie. But totally understand your anxiety. I stressed out major with Dusty's owie in Dec. We don't want our babies to be hurt or sick.


  5. Interesting, I imagine this would often not be caught! It was your attention to details and really knowing your horse that told you something was "off." You'll have to keep us posted on what it is! Your boy is so good for the vet, My Boy would have had to be twitched for shots. And breathing into that glove? That would have freaked some horses out!
    Hugs to Jesse!

  6. I hope everything is ok with Jesse! Please keep us updated on what is going on.
    Hang in there!

  7. Looks like Jesse took it like a man! What a good boy he was! Yes, I agree with PonyGirl...good job mom for listening to your buddy.....this can be scary but with you as his friend, he'll be just fine. My boy had to have the scope/x-rays at 1 month and it's a piece of cake....hardest part is the haulin there and back! We'll say prayer for safe travels!


We wish you Happy Trails
Jesse and his Desert Rose!