The start of the PPE had been in the morning, when the vet also looked at my other two horses, who are recovering from tendon injuries.
Back to Howdy: My vet reviewed the radiographs we took of knees, hooves and hocks and there was quite a lot to talk about it. Some of it was very good news: clean hock and knee joints, no sign of navicular – a good start. The new words I learned were osteochondroma and crena. The first one could matter and the second is just a cool tidbit of information.
After seeing the rads, there was a long wait for the ophthalmologists to see Howdy about his eye. They told me in the morning it would be around 5 p.m. by the time they could see me, so I left the horses at the vet school, went out to lunch, took my dog for a short, cold walk, did my year end books on my computer and bought me some new barn boots on sale at a store nearby. Woot.
End of day finally came and so did the ophthalmologists. They dilated both eyes and peered in, and bottom line is, yup, horse has an eye infection, a good deal of pain and a miotic (constricted) pupil. Started topical antibiotic and atropine and banamine. Even if I don’t buy the horse, I’m not letting an eye infection get out of control on my watch if I can help it.
Howdy behaved well all day, and it was a long one. Jay helped me settle the horses into the barn and we had a little supper and went to bed. I sent up a prayer that Howdy’s eye would heal and went to sleep.