|No one's favourite supplies|
Waaaayyyy back in July, Encore felt I needed a reminder of this & my horse of many talents (a few of which are even useful) dissected his own hoof wall. Long experience means I keep the first aid kit well-stocked and Dr. Bob & WunderFarrier are both nearby. I am grateful daily for their incredible experience, attention to detail, & ready response when it counts!!
|17 July 2014 - the fresh handiwork on RF|
|17 July 2014 - go big or go home?|
|18 July 2014 - post-poultice|
|26 July 2014 - Out, damned bruise!|
A roller-coaster, just like every other horse injury. Why do I never learn to go back to fish-keeping?
Because, I mean, just duct-taping & doctoring one foot every day, that's boring, anyone can do that! Let's really mix it up. Throw in a bruise in the OTHER front foot on the horse who refuses to abscess, so it just floats around in there. That way you get to spend some real quality time with your horse.
And by quality time, I mean ALL the time. Then you can become a true master in the art of duct tape boots (I was a bit out of practice, but I really didn't need a refresher...).
Sleep makes things too easy to deal with, so we have to include the midnight emergency vet call on July 27th, while you empty the contents of your fridge's ice-maker into buckets of water on two hot feet.
|Thanks, buddy, that only took a couple more years off my life...|
Thanks to another quick response, our mini-founder passed without incident, & Encore's hoof quickly began to take care of business.
|30 July 2014 - closing fast|
|5 Aug 2014 - LF bruise defeated!!|
|29 Aug 2014 - Epoxy & frog pads make things look weird, but one month & it's growing out!|
Although it felt like an eternity, it was only about six weeks before we were able to start riding again. Thanks to wonderful communications between vet & farrier, close monitoring saw us through the most unstable stages of grow-out (including just a few weeks ago, where he pulled his LF shoe & twisted the RF, so that I feared I'd find him with his entire RF heel torn off, as the crack was just millimetres from the ground, in need of immediate stabilization).
|18 Jan 2015|
He still gets his epoxy coating to help stabilize what's left -- so if in need, I have now learned JB Weld can even glue your horse together (ok, so it wasn't ACTUALLY JB Weld, although I did fix a trough with that yesterday...and a cat bowl...).
There's a bit more growing to do, but he's been sound (on THAT quarter anyway, geeeezz...) & once Dr. Bob has him re-lubed, we'll try that whole "work" thing again.
|That's damn nice taping, though...|
Unfortunately, we don't get to sit back & be amazed until afterwards. But one of the many reasons I like to track these things (the boys certainly give me plenty of opportunities, it's sort of hilarious that "injury" is one of the largest, ergo most frequently used, in our tag cloud on the right sidebar) is that when we do get a successful outcome (which I would have really appreciated, ahem, Solo), it's like my own little emotional baseline, a reminder that I have to be patient & well, I'm probably going to freak out a lot.
While it confirms my hypothesis that horse owners are batshit crazy masochists, I hope it also helps you feel a little bit less cursed when your own creature induces head explosions. And a lot less alone, because any of us who have spent enough time around horses have experienced both kinds of results, the successful & the heartbreaking.
But you can't fly on a goldfish...
|Dang, I miss this; running Solo is riding joy. Photo by Pics of You, 2010.|