I bought Samson in the summer of 2010 to be my confidence booster. I stumbled across him on Craigslist, went to see him, and fell in love with his placid, easygoing nature. Little did I know, purchasing would be the biggest "adventure" (oh, how I use that term loosely....) of my life.
I am fortunate to have a really cool, generous vet, who let me sit in on pretty much the entire procedure. To make a long story short, we then progressed through the following 8 weeks of recovery pretty uneventfully. Since recovering, he has remained sound and comfortable to be my flatwork and hacking companion. I had dreams of maybe making him a foxhunter, since he is a blast out in the open, and that was my motivation to go ahead and pull a second set of radiographs to see how his wonky navicular bones were looking a year or so down the road.
Boy, did we have a bit of a surprise waiting. We pulled x-rays of the right foot first, and when Smokey laid the current shot next to the identical shot from 2010, it was astounding - it looked remarkably better. I was nearly jumping up and down, thinking at the moment that his body was actually trying to heal itself, to the best extent possible, and that we may have a shot at a decent career after all.
|2010 Right Navicular DP|
|2012 Right Navicular DP|