I been neglectful in reporting back to ya' all about Jesse's appointment with the "heart Doctor"! We have had sooooo many grand babies requiring Papa And Zsa Zsa servicing that we have not had time for much else. That is the price we pay for being "snowbirds"! We don't get to see our babies as often as we would like....but instead get a big dose to last us till we need another fix!
The staff takes Jesse to another area where they are going to simulate his breathing after a workout by limiting his oxygen.
Jesse exhibits recovery issues!!! So on to the next test.
Monitoring Jesse's "scope" test of his lungs! The tube went up Jesse's nose to his lungs and we could then see his lungs on the TV monitor. It was a real long tube!!!
The "heart DR. ultra sound specialist"! ( yes...another DR!!!)
One of nine 3rd year vet students listening for Jesse's 4th heart beat!
If you look close you can see 4 stethoscopes focused on Jesse and a big poop pile Jesse left for them!!!
After 4 long hours and many procedures and tests including a lung x-ray and both front feet x-rayed , Jesse was given the following diagnosis.
1. An extra heartbeat that he has probably always had and shows up after exercise. It is not an issue of concern. Many race horses have this same condition.
2. "Horsey Asthma"... which is being treated by a serries of steriods.
3. Bad hooves...but no disease showing up in ex-rays.
Jesse, Mom and the Bossman arrive back home at the stables...and very relieved at the Dr's report!
Now... you all saw everything that Jesse went through at his visit to the "heart Doc". He did not make one... not one single protest at all the poking, prodding, tubing or ultrasounding, although the DR. instucted all of his vet students to do an ultrasound on their own heart as homework because of how uncomfortable/painful it can be for a Quarter horse. They are so muscled up in the chest that you have to push really hard to get a good picture of the heart but yet Jesse was a terrific patient!!!
In the outside hall from us a "warm blood" was brought up for an exray of his lower leg area. After 4 trys the satff asked the DR. if they could sedate the horse. The Dr. said yes and a droopy horse then got his x-rays taken. It was NEVER even considered for Jesse as he acted like you were just picking his hooves or some other grooming task, even when at one time I counted 13 humans around him watching and listening to his heart ultra sound! Did he "cowhorsethefuckup" (25 cents in the cuss jar) or what???
Your Desert Rose!