Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Leaping Heads! Part Two!

Paul, my farrier, came out today and shod Hattie which is a good thing as Hattie managed to lose her loose shoe last night. I don't know where it is but she had it on last night and this morning it was gone, nowhere to be seen. I had a look around the paddock as the grass is low, bit no shoe so maybe Hattie ate it...

I showed Paul and his son (who is training to be a farrier) my Mayhew leaping head and asked if they could reshape it to look like the c. 1930's- 1940's one I had (I brought that one to show him what I meant). Paul's son took it and reshaped it for me and now it fits perfectly! I guess this is the first step in restoring my Mayhew.

The leaping head used to be too acutely bent for the size of my leg and the tip of it dug into it but now you can see that there is a proper hands width with the end of the horn pointing outwards and not digging into me!

The vet came out afterwards (it's been an expensive day) and had a look at Hattie's bump. He called it a Hydro-something or other (I cold just about make out the Hy and an O but the rest went over my head) and said basically that it was like capped hocks but on her wither. Having never dealt with capped hocks before, I asked him about it and he said that it was caused by something putting pressure there and then fluid built up there to protect it (which is why it felt squishy). He said it's like when horses get capped hock when they lie down on concrete floor stables that don't have that much bedding.

The vet said we could leave it or we could drain it and then inject cortisone into the bump but that he recommended the latter so that is what we did. Nothing came out when he tried to drain it, he said that there was very little liquid in it now (which explains why I was now able to feel her wither bone whereas before I couldn't so it looks like the liquid drained out) so the bump that remained was just scar tissue. He gave Hattie the cortisone injection and said that it should start to work in a couple of days.

The vet said that it may or may not come back and that if it did, then an injection wouldn't make much difference soooo, I'm just going to have to be extra careful with saddle fit and call Roger out probably a few times a year just to check Hattie's saddles as she changes shape with the seasons and workload.

I think if Hattie is healed in time for the Diamond Horse Show, I may just do it astride with our new high wither saddle and give her an extra month off for everything to heal 100% internally before side saddling again.


  1. Have you considered having a felt pad custom made to accomodate Hattie's squidgy spot?

  2. Was hygroma the term he used?

  3. Yes, it was hygroma!

    Someone did mention getting a pad with a hole cut out for that spot. When I go pick up my side saddle today, I'm going to speak to the saddler about that. He might be able to make me some for my near and off-side saddles and also for my astride saddle. If I get felt pads though, it will alter the fit of my saddles so then Roger will have to refit them as well.

  4. Just for the record.. can you take a picture of this bump so we can watch out for them on our horses. Are you saying that you believe the sidesaddle caused the bump... or just irrates it?

    Also - how in the world did you find a craigs list add for a sidesaddle in Denver??? Don't you have to enter a city into the box prior to doing an item search?

  5. Hi Julie, I just did a post (May 13) and put some photos of Hattie's bump on there. Her bump was caused by a few minutes of riding in the black Swain side saddle which was too wide for her so it sat on her withers and then my jumping saddle becoming too wide for her as well. They only take a brief time to form but ages to go away!

    I just did a search for "side saddle Craigslist" on google and then a few side saddle listings form all the craigslists pop up :)