How lucky am I to be living in Kentucky and just 2 hours from Lexington home of the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital. My driving pony Dusty foundered this spring. While he was treated superbly at the place where he was boarding I wanted to take him to the best, and assess his condition. Last week I made an appointment at the Rood and Riddle Podiatry Center and from making the appointment on the phone to the arrival and next 4 hours I was there, Dusty and I got the royal treatment. I was able to bring my other pony Buddy for company, and without any waiting, Dr. Scott Morrison and his team got to work. The x-rays revealed some laminitis, but the prognosis was good. Then the team of blacksmiths went to work creating his special shoes and changing the angles so he could begin to be more comfortable.
Blood work revealed he has high blood sugar, something we will try to correct with his diet before considering medication. The angle was greatly improved with Dusty's new custom shoes. Now its a couple of weeks's off, and then I can start getting him out on the trails and in the woods. At a walk for awhile.
As the R&R blacksmith team of Brian Beasley, Stuart Muir (from new Zealand), and Manuel Cruz went to work, Dr. Morrison, headed to the airport for a flight to Japan to shoe one horse. It was pretty cool my little Shetland rescue pony was the case he worked on before a client brought him business class for just 12 hours in Japan. My bill, considering all that was done was not bad either. Thanks Rood and Riddle, and team for taking such good care of us, and thanks Ralph Graham for being my sidekick for the day!