Sunday, July 3, 2016

Abscess

Stella turned up lame 24 hours before our jumping lesson last weekend so I was forced to cancel, she got progressively worse and then slightly better right before the farrier showed up so I suspected abscess, and was right.  

The farrier noted it had blown out the heel bulb but opened a small hole in her sole to let it drain down and out completely.  Then he wrapped her as only farriers can and she got stuck in a stall.  I've truthfully been considering having front shoes put on her as this is the second abscess she's had this season and I think it's due to the increased workload and trail riding.  I don't have an issue with boots, but if she's got an abscess I can't ride her at all, thus I think it's time for shoes.  I'm hoping to have him back out in a few days and slap a set on so we can continue on with our progress.

In the meantime, I decided to put a pair of hoofboots on to protect the wrap and turn her out on the grass every day while I cleaned stalls.  Stella had other plans and refused to be caught in a very dramatic fashion.  I noted that she appeared to be quite sound and was comfortable enough in the boots to be a total dumbass.


Yes, that is a perfectly hoof shaped wrap job.  Yes, it was just on her for less than 8 hours.  Yes, I did swear AN AWFUL LOT.

After that I decided that she could darn well stay in her stall until she was good enough to go out in the field.  

Horses.  

October HT wrap up

My BIG MOVE UP at the October show was a big fat fail.  This is me, dismounting off of Stella in the middle of a massive XC melt down...