Cold

Jack’s personal weather station reports that the overnight low was -6 F. I was happy to see that the blanket Jack put on Rags last night seemed to be keeping him comfortable. We rarely use blankets, but Rags is getting old and frail, and was shivering yesterday morning.

Magic Carpet Ride (1982 – 2014)

 

Magic Carpet Ride

I’ve been boarding Magic (an Anglo – Tennessee Walker cross)  for a friend for years. I originally volunteered to board her in her retirement because she never got hurt and she never got sick. Yesterday morning, she was screaming for her breakfast. This morning, she was showing  signs of colic when I went to give the horses their breakfast. After consulting with her owner and vet, she was euthanized around 10:00 am.  Although her ground manners left a bit to be desired, she was an awesome trail horse, search and rescue horse, and field hunter in her time.

Oliver

This youngish roan draft cross belongs to a friend of mine.  I’ve been riding him in the middle of the week since she can only get out on weekends.  He is a darling, and unique in my experience that he doesn’t automatically put his ears back when he hears the shutter click.

Lily – Still On Stall Rest

Tomorrow will be the fourth week since I went out to feed in the morning and found that Lily had suffered a very nasty puncture / laceration on the front of her right leg.  The sutures came out last Friday, but her vet wants her to be restricted while the last of the wound closes.  The bottom of the sutured flap did not take hold, so I am still bandaging the area until it finishes healing.  After I apply the relatively small pressure bandage, I put a large bulky wrap to protect the area from being knocked when she gets up and down.

The vet did give her okay Friday to extend her stall with corral panels, so she has about double the amount of space to move around now. Fortunately, Lily is a doll to handle while she is in her stall.  When we tried to take her out of the stall Friday so the vet could remove the sutures, the silly fool was trying to do airs above the ground, so we moved her back into the stall before proceeding.  It is going to be a challenge to reintroduce her to the great outdoors without her trying to kill herself all over again.

Ooh, Yes: That Spot There

Lily’s injury looked great when the vet was out Monday to check the wound and change the dressing.  I think the yellow one looks better on her than the previous pink one.  She is being held by another vet who is visiting my vet and going on calls.  This vet seemed to be an expert in finding and scratching the itches that a horse just can’t get to herself. Lily started doing a little reciprocal grooming and we had to gently dissuade her.

The sutured wound looked great when unwrapped:  no signs of swelling or infection.  Lily received another shot of long-lasting antibiotic, and I took a couple of dozen shots of the unwrapping / re-wrapping process.  (The long-lasting antibiotic is more expensive than other choices, but I’ve had enough trouble getting antibiotics down reluctant horses that I decided to go for it.)  I will be making the next two dressing changes, and we hope the vet will not have to come out again until it is time to remove sutures.  I took photos so I could review the process before I do it, though I think I have a fairly clear mental picture.  I have a lot of experience wrapping injuries, but every vet seems to have their own idea of the best way to do it.