|Are Harv's grass-eating days over?|
Saturday am, Harv was dramatically improved -- on 1/3 tube of banamine every 12 hours he appeared to be mostly back to normal. For the next few days he held onto his improvement, and I wondered if laminitis is typically so short-lived.
Thursday pm, the farrier came out and did an evaluation -- important, because unlike the vet, he knows Harv well. Harv tested somewhat reactive to hoof testers right where the coffin bone is, but not too bad. Some signs of toe bruising. He moved well, though, doing tight turns in his stall. The farrier trimmed his feet.
Friday, I got the results of the Cushings test -- he is positive for Cushings, positive for insulin resistance.
No more molasses treats. No more grass. No more senior feed and its molasses deliciousness. No more grass. The first day we fed him his unsweetened beet pulp and -- well, nothing else, his look was somewhere between "there's been some mistake" and "this isn't what I ordered." This is going to be hard for me, and hard for the folks at Harv's barn, as we're very treat oriented.
He started Pergolide Friday, a week after his episode.
I'm reading up on his condition, and hoping I can strike a balance -- let him be a horse, let him eat some things he likes, and keep him in good weight. For a 28 year old horse with neurological issues, there is no concept of "long term."