Thanks for all the thoughts and advice on Bella's problem. She has been on MSM and yesterday I ordered some B-L pellets (it's an herbal anti-inflammatory). I had a chiropractor out but nothing changed. The kelp is tempting. I wonder if it's safe to give with her other supplement? The last few weeks I've been giving her Equerry's Combined Rx, which has lots of good stuff in it. The makers, who are VERY nice people, gave me a nice free sample of it last year. But I'm almost out and I can't afford more. Tonka's vet bill pretty much broke us this month. But back to Bella. The MSM doesn't seem to be helping, but it's cheap and I don't think it can hurt so I'm going to keep her on it. Not sure if the Equerry's could help in this short amount of time, but I hope it's done something. The lameness is so hard to see unless you watch her play or work her, that I don't know how bad it is at any given time. I hadn't thought she was in much pain from it, but after noticing her coat the other day I wonder. A bad coat like that is common in horses with chronic pain. My vet has cautioned me twice not to breed her again in case it ruptures, which is usually a death sentence. In September I assured him that there's no way I would breed her even if she was healthy and sound, but he told me again anyway. Maybe he forgot, or maybe he just wants to be extra sure.
Today my goal was to work with Bella and saddle her up. Haha. Not happening... It's been sleeting and raining cats and dogs. So instead I'll ask you a question.
Which of the following photos do you like best? I want to make a thank you card for my vet. Maybe a booklet with all the critters in it, so don't be surprised to find this question again in the coming days, with pictures of the other horses.
Choose your top 3, and tell me in what order you like them. Gosh, I sound bossy, don't I?
#1 - I like this one because it shows the BLM poster in the background. This was our first (and only, so far) ambassadorial mission to a BLM adoption. I can't wait to go back up there and ride. They probably won't be having any more adoptions there, but I will make a special trip one of these days. I loved riding out there.
#2 - Kinda pretty with the white fence and green grass. Green grass looks really nice to me right now! And I like his tail in this one.
#3 - Full-body shot with the nice summer coat, but I don't like how long his body looks here. I also don't like that I look like a dork, but I guess I have to face up to it...
#4 - Just a cute sweetie, would be a good one for a bubble with the words "Thank You!"
#5 - I think he looks handsome here, but a horse butt really doesn't say "thank you."
So... What do you think? Thanks for your help!