Saturday, May 8, 2010

She's trying to kill me...

with stress.

Soooo, the scab on her injured leg is now a itty bitty teeny tiny scab and we're rubbing Mederma on it in the hopes of keeping the scar tissue elastic.

She's walking good and without serious evidence of pain although still clearly short in the leg.

Per the vet's instructions we have her still stalled and out twice daily for 10 minute hand walks.

per my gut's instructions I'm as of yesterday also letting her out in the small paddock under close supervision in an effort to prevent yet ANOTHER injury...

Yes, this IS her OTHER hind leg.

It's not that serious, I know, but geeze. Can you just... STOP!?! 


She tried to roll in her stall and cast herself legs up. The injuries are from smashing her hooves against the back window WOODEN  bars... I didn't see it till the next morning(the second time, I was there for the first) but I know for sure what happened as one of my workers saw the whole thing, he just didn't think it was necessary to TELL me. *sigh*

See that long scrape down the cement? That's my mare. I'm so PROUD. >.<

This is the second time she's cast herself in exactly the same place. We've since banked the walls with sawdust.

So, I figure if we can supervise say an hour twice daily in the paddock to give her a chance to roll but not let her run or trot maybe she'll STOP trying to do it in her stall.

As much as she moves around in her stall, she's not going to be increasing activity in the paddock so long as we can keep her from getting silly. She'll just be able to walk farther before hitting a wall.She's out with a flat halter on to catch her if she starts to wind herself up.

 OTOH, I had a real live farrier come out and do all three horses feet. Very happy with the job and I liked her way with the horses too. :)

Her name is Marjie Olson and if you're in Belize and looking for a farrier I'd recommend giving her a try. Her prices are reasonable and it's a LOT cheaper than fixing problems down the road from incorrect trimming long term.

You can get her info from the Belize Ag Report.

She also really took her time and showed both me and Juan where we were going right and where we were going wrong in our own efforts. I would much rather have a professional come and do feet, but I'd like to continue learning myself because...well, because this is Belize and shit happens.

This is what's left of the cut on her other leg.

I had the vet out to look at the new one and he decided it was so clean that as long as I bandaged the amount of drugs she's been on lately warranted NOT giving antibiotics on this one as long as I watched it 

He's out of the country ATM but I have lots of drugs on hand if I feel an infection is starting. It's packed with Sulfa powder and wrapped with a maxi pad and vetwrap/duct tape.

Oooh oooh oooh! I also got books in the mail yesterday!

THAT should fill up my nightstand for a while! I fell asleep reading Plumb's last night.

I also got Laura Crum's newest:


Allenspark Lodge said...

Years ago someone told me that horses are predetermined to die at a certain time and place, and they spend their whole lives trying to find it. I also had a vet tell me that horses are only four legs and a gut, as nearly as he could tell. I suspect both sayings are true.
Hope your girl doesn't do anything foolish for the next couple weeks (at least} so you get some "time off"!

CheekyMare said...

Hahahahahahaha. I think that someone was RIGHT.

Mrs Mom said...

Holy CRAP!!! Silly old mare!!!

OK Cheeky... feed the hoof need!! Where's the pix?? ;)

(I think I need therapy... *sigh*)