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March 2012

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WAA Update

March 31, 2012

All athletes get bumps, bruises, and pulled muscles; and, over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been evaluating a minor strain to the Mojo Filly’s left/front suspensory ligament.

On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the worst), the vet says the strain is between 1 and 2.  After taking an ultrasound of the ligament, the fibers are whole and there’s no sign of a tear.

The strain is just a natural happenstance.  It’s not associated with any other condition (there aren’t any other conditions), and Annie’s knees etc. are just fine.  Both the vet and Diamond D report the filly doesn’t appear to be in any pain; but, every now and then, she’ll slightly favor the leg when she’s warming up.

“The symptoms weren't obvious injury,” reports Fred Taylor, Managing Partner for Mojo Racing Partners.  “However, Scooter's (Diamond D's Manager) eagle eye was quick to notice a subtle sign in the filly's walk and careful to have it examined right away."

To avoid aggravating the strain, Annie’s breeze plans have been temporarily suspended.  The good news is, because of the type of injury and mildness of the condition, we can continue to exercise Annie to maintain her level of fitness (this way, she won’t lose the last two months of training to get her in shape).  Maintaining her fitness actually helps avoid complicating the matter.

“Of course, unexpected setbacks like this are frustrating because little ‘dings’ (and nagging ailments) can be enough to offset the best laid plans,” Fred admits.  “But we have to keep the proper perspective and make smart decisions.”

Following the advice of the vet and Diamond D, the Mojo Filly was fitted with a special horse shoe that will help elevate the back of the hoof and reduce pressure on the ligament.  This shoe will not complicate any other leg alignment.  Annie will gallop every other day, and placed on the exercise walker between gallop days.  Diamond D will take a hands on approach to care for the ligament whether WAA is galloping or not. 

“We could’ve turned her out and we could’ve tried some expensive treatments; but neither option really offered any better results,” Fred says.  “We’re not off track by much.  So, we’re going to take a steady approach; continue to monitor the strain for a couple of weeks; and see what results we get with TLC.  I’m confident in Diamond D’s ability to get Annie back to 100%, and then we can start breezing.”

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