Sunday, February 22, 2015

Scout is Sick

Wednesday while we were walking, Scout coughed pretty vigorously for a minute or so. I thought maybe he had a bit of a tickle. Maybe a piece of food not swallowed correctly, although it had been an hour since he ate his supplements. That night I heard him cough after running in to eat, but they often cough after running. I heard a quiet cough Friday night too. Then when I went out to get him yesterday, his nose was all snotty. So no exercise for him.

I don't know how this could be a virus. Nobody has been anywhere. Unless Luc is carrying something. They were just introduced to each other a couple weeks ago. Maybe he just has some irritation from pollen or hay or something...

 I didn't take his vitals (need to buy a thermometer) but he seems happy and spunky and is eating well, so that's good.

I talked to the vet & she thought he could wait until Monday to be seen. I may or may not take him in, depending on his demeanor. If he stays bright and happy I might just wait and see if his immune system can kick this. If he doesn't, I'll probably take him to a vet with a scope so they can see if there's a foreign body.

So we are going to be way behind in this horsemanship challenge. Oh well, I have plenty of other equines to play with! Wish the challenge didn't include riding, because he's my only rideable one.

 I've been unhappy with my cheap lead ropes for a while now, so I finally ordered some rope. I had a vague memory of handling some New England rope that I really liked, so after looking around I ordered their Multiline II from Columbia Basin Knot Co. When it arrived I wasn't sure I had remembered the right rope, but it is a 3 strand, soft on the outside, tougher than cotton rope.  I think it is the right one. And I even remembered how to splice it. It's kinda stiff compared to cotton, but I think I am going to love it once I actually get to use it. I'll let you know.

Today Luc and I might work on trailer loading. I'm excited to make him my priority today. He is special. Like Tonka, maybe...  I don't want to speak too soon about that, but he makes me laugh, and he's so bright eyed and eager to play. I can't quite put words to it, but he has something inside that reminds me of my Tonka, and makes me happy. Maybe a clownish nature, with a desire to connect.

This is just a picture from my walk yesterday. Love the green!


Kate said...

Sorry he's sick - hope you get it figured out soon. Dawn had something similar a month or so ago - snotty from one nostril only. Vet had us do a course of SMZs and it cleared right up. She never had a fever either.

T.L. Merrybard said...

Glad you and Luc are bonding!

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Andrea -Mustang Saga said...

I didn't know it was doing that. I hate those things! I'll try to get it fixed today. Thanks for letting me know!

Andrea -Mustang Saga said...

Kate, I'm glad she cleared up! These horses sure do keep us on our toes. I haven't started Scout on antibiotics yet, I'm going to wait and see if he clears it up on his own. I think he will. He really is only mildly sick, but that gob of snot I first saw was sure alarming!