Thursday, September 11, 2014

Picture, as promised

As they told me was likely the case, there's nothing to see in the tail. Couldn't get through all the thick tissue to see the bones just above it.

In his nervousness, he pooped right in front of the girls, and they said he just barely lifted and then clamped his tail. Maybe he's healing? I hope they weren't just imagining it.


I've decided to take Scout to work today to shoot some basic x-rays of his tail. They have been reluctant to do it for me, but dang it, I'm paying for it, so they're going to have to try. I had been holding out, hoping to go to WSU or another clinic I like, but this is more affordable since I've already paid for my exam here, so I'm going to start here. I finally came to terms with the fact that even though I think he's totally worth the expenditure, I just cans afford $800 for the big pelvic x-ray at WSU.

His tail does not flex upward at all, I discovered. The entire length is stuff as a board, until a point above where it joins with his body, where it suddenly freely "hinges." It's hard to explain. But it isn't right.

Ok, off to get ready for work now. Hopefully I'll have pics later.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

New Things.

It's amazing how much making a decision can lighten the load. Yesterday I decided I am no longer looking for a horse. I would like to ride, but we can't always have what we want, when we want it. I have 2 wonderful horses and 2 sweet donkeys, and if I can't ride, I can still enjoy my time with them. I am still on the fence about whether to keep Dakota here.

My other big decision was to quit my job. I gave my notice today and have my next job lined up. I will have fewer hours, so my checks will be a little smaller, but the wages are better. And NO overtime!

I'm going back to the low cost spay and neuter clinic I used to work at. We were a good team but at the time I quit there she couldn't give me many hours. I'm excited to go back. It works better with school schedules also.

We'll be broke, but I'll probably be easier to live with, and we'll have more time together as a family. Maybe I'll get back in the habit of blogging too. :)

Monday, September 08, 2014

Just Stuff

Dakota got her front shoes put on this weekend. It turns out the farrier can't handle her hind feet at all, and she's very naughty about her fronts. Had I understood that before I could have been working on it. All these little quirks that keep coming to light make me very hesitant to ride her. Soon, though, I will throw a leg over. I haven't seen any red flags while doing our groundwork, except that she's overly concerned about where the other horses are.

Scout... Well, he's hanging in there. As it gets cold I start to wonder how long I'll be able to keep soaking his hay. I guess as long as the hoses don't freeze.  His tail is still paralyzed. I had not been thinking of it that way, but that's what it is, I guess. He busted out of his temporary fence yesterday, so that he was in with the donkeys, and they were getting g along pretty well, so I decided to end his confinement. I am hoping all the dry pasture doesn't plug him up. He still has to expend a lot of effort to poop. I still can't leave them all together though because of all the different feed and medication needs.

These two are so cute.

Watching Bob lately, I have decided it's not time for him to be euthanized just yet. He's getting up pretty well. I will probably start giving him Bute again now that it's getting cold, and just making sure he has plenty to eat so he doesn't get weak. Feeding a senior donkey is interesting. Commercial feed mixes are too rich, and Bob is very picky. I'll get some bluegrass pellets again and add some alfalfa and beet pulp for extra energy.

Time to get my kiddo up for his first day of 7th grade. He's so excited! I love that he likes school so much.

Friday, September 05, 2014

I've been looking at horses. It gets easier the more you do it. I find if it's definitely not "the one," I know in an instant. I saw a couple that caught my eye the other day. One was a huge, unbroke, reportedly naughty 8 year old mare. I teared up over that one. She reminded me of Tonka. Then a 2 year old wild stud. More up my alley, except for the part where he still has his testicles. There was a filly who had all the character traits I like - brave, inquisitive, confident - but she wasn't for sale.

I may not get a horse this year. I think I can probably live with that.

Scout is still not right. His tail still doesn't work and it sounds like he did some damage to his left stifle. It clunks a lot. I hope he heals up. For a lot of reasons, but also because I'd like to be able to ride again someday.

Bob. Old Bob. I don't know what to do with him. The plan was to euthanize him before winter because I don't want him getting stuck down on the ground in the snow again. But he seems to be doing so well! I can't quite convince myself that it's time.

Anyway. I think I may have some more time for horses and blogging soon. I hope so.

Oh, and I liked this girl a lot too. 12 year old mustang/QH mare who was once rideable (when she was 3) but was abandoned. She is sweet. She would be a big project. I am tempted, but she also has squishy hocks (bog spavin) and well, she's a 12 year old project...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Time for Everyone

My friend the toad.

Dakota'a crooked legs and bad hooves. Still no word from her farrier.

The mares. They are so much alike.

I parked them in various places and asked them to stand. They did very well!

Detangler attracts dirt.

Least overgrown hoof (self trimming)

More overgrown hoof.

Bella's hooves.

Bella looking long in the face.

Scout started mutilating his tail when I gave him access to the barn. Going to have to keep him in 100% electric until he heals, I guess. And it had been looking so much better. I'd had an appointment for him at WSU and canceled it because he was so improved, but now I kind of wish I hadn't. Still no tail movement, acting colicky (pain before pooping), and now obviously it feels weird or hurts, causing him to rub it.

My son is growing like a weed. He may be as tall as me this week and he's only 12.

Pedro thinks training in the round pen is dumb. We kept it short and he got lots and lots of praise.

Bob didn't want to be left out. He's such a sweetie.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Holding Pattern

Scout is about the same. Pooping plenty, eating soaked hay at regular intervals, very swollen and sore. No use of his tail yet. I suspect he can't feel it but he sure can feel everything in front of it. Poor guy.

I had to buy baby wipes and ointment for him. He doesn't mind, except when I touch his sore butt. Mostly it's his tail that gets messy anyway.

Are grapes ok to feed to horses in small amounts? I have him one and he really liked it.

Pedro and I had a couple more great hikes.
Now back to working 6 days a week. Yay.

Friday, August 08, 2014

I feel better about Scout's injury today. I talked to a vet at WSU and he explained things to me in a way that makes sense. If his sacrum was broken, he likely wouldn't have anal tone, but he definitely does have that. It was one of the first things we checked. This vet thought it would be ok to keep giving the high doses of Bute for 5-7 days.

I hadn't considered using steroids. That scares me. I don't know a lot about steroids, but I do know there is a risk of founder when they are used, so I'm not comfortable with them.

When I added up how much we are actually feeding him, his decreased poop output made more sense. I'm going to keep feeding him every couple hours, but I'm going to increase how much soaked hay I give him. I'm also going to add some Epsom salts to his diet for a laxative effect. The extra magnesium should be good for him too.

Today while he was grazing loose in the yard he discovered one of the apple trees, and I had to firmly chase him away from it twice. I think that made him mad and he started galloping all over the place, doing sliding stops when he came to obstructions. He was obviously enjoying himself and not hurting too badly. Goofball. After I put him up he produced 3 big piles of nice soft poop.

In other news, Jasper has gone on to a home on a ranch in Oregon with a mule experienced family. He'll be moving cattle and packing big game. They're really happy with him.

I had an update on Joseph too. His owner loves him. They've been all over several different wilderness areas this summer.

I have been very hesitant to get a new horse. And now Scout has used up my savings on his vet bills, so it's a moot point. I had just about decided to just start getting myself and Pedro in shape instead of getting another horse anyway.

That said, there is a new horse here. I am kind of leasing her, although I haven't been able to ride her, first because of my leg injury and now because her owner can't get her farrier here to take care of her overgrown hooves. She has one shoe on. She is an 18 year old paint mare who supposedly a has never had a lame day in her life, although her front legs are terribly crooked and I'd consider her lame right now, on the front foot where she lost her shoe. She may be sound in shoes. Her name is Dakota.

She has pretty eyes.

I rode recently for the first time since my injury. It was good to be on a horse again! Scout is pretty unresponsive to leg, although other than that he was a rock star. My leg is a weird combination of numb and painful, so I could only ride for about ten minutes at a time.

I discovered that Pedro doesn't at all mind leaving the property without Bob, and he LOVES to get out and explore. He also likes PB&J.

And he doesn't need a dope on the end of his rope when we're on a narrow trail.

Last but not least... Winston. Is he thinking deeply? Attempting a Jedi mind trick? Completely mindless? He makes a very odd and totally hilarious dinner companion.