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Taking Care of Senior Horse Phleg Leg - ZA

Taking Care of Senior Horse Phleg Leg - ZA

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Ola, My name is Ruejean Kotze from Gauteng Pretoria. This is a personal outreach on behalf of the piling fees towards taking care of my senior horse's Phleg leg in his left hind. 

I've had the privilege to call him my best friend for the past 15 years. The most recent 5x of those years have developed into actively rehabilitating him through his diet and movement to reduce the effect of this phleg leg on his daily Life and mobility.

Idol Worship (or just Idol) turns 19 in September. He's a Thoroughbred gelding (OTTB). I've had him since high school; I'm now 30.

In layman's terms, phlegm leg or stove pipe refers to a horse with a leg ( usually a hind leg) that's inflamed, swollen, being scarily much more significant and at times tender to move around or put weight on it. Compromised Lymphatic flow / chronic cellulitis (the compromised flow of some fluid) has no definite diagnosis towards a 'cure', except perhaps for the administration of penicillin as the first and most successful defence. Idol's allergic to it, which we learned the hard way.

With no conventional veterinary medicine having significant lasting effects, it's been all about active management at the moment, daily aspirin intake and as much as possible movement daily to encourage the use of that leg. Which is tricky for the '90s born Gamer's chick compelled to pursue a solid professional career as a qualified Interior Architect.

It's not my hands alone, though, as there's a great help from a stable owner, the vets, and hydro, if only a few. I owe them and more for the knowledge I own in giving the best care towards managing this type of injury for my horseUnder Life's circumstances, we've done well, I guess.Yet the reality remains time is money, and money is time.

With the investment and use of specialized bandages - we've had great results encouraging lymphatic and blood flow throughout the fetlock and hock as we walk across many terrains. Our routine holistic, non-invasive and accompanied by horse 'yoga'-type exercises for strengthening his body and self-carriage during most of our sessions, has benefited my horse in heart, body, mind and soul.As well as kept me fit and disciplined.

Alternative methods had to be sought, and have since been implemented and as best routinely managed. Keeping up within a holistic approach while dancing to the modern clock, we arrived to where we are today: for the benefit of his health and comfort, with hope to live with him for years still to come, while I scrape the cents to afford it. We usually flourish past every curveball directed at us, together - alone, I now have ended up here, typing this letter to you.

Our story has been shared since 2017 on Instagram through the handle @interpriority . An Equine journaling outlet through the images and videos posted. It helps tracking daily notations, discoveries and more within the home feed and some of the pinned highlights. I have decided, it's time. It's time to share both sides of our coin with you. 

The break away, hidden responsibility within the exhausted wonder of the Equine Life, whilst doing the thing need doing throughout each recurring week as an ambitious professional within the workforce. 

At the moment - there's a bill just short on R7 500. It's from the VET - for emergency aspirin and antibiotics due to a leg inflammation flair this week, with the remaining bill for a leg injury which happened late November 2021. They've both made awful dents, not to mention the overall rehabilitation process which has had an impact regardless. This one though, needs help.

 

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Ola, My name is Ruejean Kotze from Gauteng ,Pretoria. This is a personal outreach on behalf of the piling fees towards taking care of my senior horse's Phleg leg in his left hind. 

I've had the privilege to call him my best friend for the past 15 years. The most recent 5x of those years have developed into actively rehabilitating him through his diet and movement to reduce the effect of this phleg leg on his daily Life and mobility.