Ok. Here is the scoop. This is long...
Her eyes are great.
She could use a float for her teeth.*** up a little bit on the left
side. Nothing major there. Do in a couple of months.
Hoof testers didn't cause a single flinch. No matter what the vet did.
Took her out (in the rain mind you) and trotted her back and forth. All
good. Rain finally stopped.
Flexion testing was all good except for left hind. Very minor "1" lame
immediately after a Flexion.
All other checks for balance, etc good.
Back poking all good.
Sinuses sounded and felt good.
They tapped on her face.
Put her on a lunge line and she did some trotting around and looked good. NO
more lameness in either direction.
Asked for canter in both directions and then canter/trot/canter/trot. All
Mind you the person holding Sable had her on a bit of a too small circle. So
for a big, outta shape horse, she did and looked good.
Vet was impressed with her gaits. Three nice gaits.
Vet feels that she could probably do without shoes as long as rocky trails
don't bother her. If I wanted to do a little bit of actual dressage with
her, might consider shoes during that time just to help stabilize her feet.
She's got BIG good feet, but they do have a bit of a life of their own when
they leave the ground. :-)
No sign of ring bone at all.
No sign of founder now or prior.
No marks or other scars on her. Clean, smooth legs. No wind puffs, nothing.
No sign she interferes even when she was being a tad silly.
Good tight stifles, which is good since vet said Friesians are prone to
"loose" stifles. Little bit of help from the Perch side of her. :-)
Little bit of "side bone" or something. The tendons that run down either
side of her front pasterns are not as "springy" as they would be in a tb or
warm *** per se. But not really anything to worry about. Not uncommon in
Per owner's friend, no history of colic. And this woman seems pretty
Got to see a good spook on the way from the barn to the ring.
:-). Kids ran out of the barn it seems. Sable spooked to turn and look and
then was cool. Nice to see.
Also got to see a tiny bit of 'tude on the lunge. Tee hee. She was tired of
the canter. But it was nothing to be worried about (Comet did a heck of a
lot more at 30). Kinda nice to see.
Her heart and lungs sounded good both at rest to start and after the pretty
good workout (for a fatty out of shape mare) on the lunge. Good beat and
Her resting temperature was 99.
She was a peach for the needle aspiration. We had her in the cross-ties. I
held her, the owner's friend fed her treats. Food is a good distraction for
this mare! Something to note!! :-)
The first shot was to numb/block the area. Not even a flinch. Vet got a bit
of fluid out of the mass.
So, vet feels it is NOT a fatty lipoma. She feels it's likely a sarcoid?
Spelling? Hopefully benign.
She has the slides and will peek at one herself but is also sending out to
Antech (?) labs for cytology. That will take a couple of days.
Vet recommends taking the mass off. Preferably sooner like the fall. Good
news is that it doesn't appear to be attached to the skin covering it so,
she is thinking that much of that skin can be saved and used to close it up.
It would require a drain due to its location (gravity is not in our favor
here). Not an official estimate, but she's thinking around $600 to remove
that and would like the mare trailered to her place where she can be placed
in a stock to hold her. She can be taken home right after. Sorta of like out
That's if it isn't something horrible. NO other signs of any growths
No sign of a scar on her belly (vet just looks for these things).
Sable is leaking a bit of watery fluid from her teats. Not uncommon in mares
who have had a few babies. Just something to watch for and keep those
nippies clean. :-)
She likes them scritched and rubbed so I don't see that being a problem.
Comet did NOT appreciate that but tolerated it. So I'm used to wiping off
Enough info for ya'll? Vet said she could totally see me riding this mare.
She does need to loose about 100-150 lbs. I joked that she will loose 150
and gain around 144 with me on back. That got a good laugh from everyone but
After the vet left, owner's friend told me that she hopes it works out. She
wants to see Sable in a good forever home. And she said that as friendly as
Sable is, she's never had her "own person" really. She's cared for now, but
she's one of like nine horses and doesn't get fussed over. She said Sable
would really blossom with one on one care.
Comet did. I think that's true of most critters.