I don't know if any of you young'uns will get the reference, but GH was a soap opera back in the day set in a hospital. The precursor to Gray's Anatomy if you will.
****after internet research****
Apparently it is still running- I thought it was over. Huh.
I've become pretty good at wrapping. Julia (or Tanya if Julia can't come) help. I have to be so careful to not let dirt into the wound so having someone to hold him is incredibly helpful. I've been taking daily photos to track the healing. Sorry if you are squeamish.
|Last Thursday (the day after coming home)|
He's getting it changed every day: animalintex, a layer of vet wrap to hold it, a baby diaper, more vet wrap and then duct tape.
After Wednesday, I can go to every other day for another week. I can't see the hole being healed in so have an easy boot zip on order. I also purchased a Tubbease hoof sock. It has a pad in the bottom and protects the hoof in silicone. I hope to put this on his foot and then the easy boot to go outside.
In the mean time I have been working on keeping him occupied while Carmen is able to go out. When I clean the stalls in the morning I let him wander the barn.
|I find it amusing he chooses to eat from the hay net rather than the loose bales|
When it's muddy out (and this year has been incredibly mild and muddy) I open the door to his stall so he can see out. I put up some boards across to keep him in. Quaid is not super happy with this but I found if I hung a hay bale by the door he settled right in.
|not sure how interested he is in the lick-it but it's there.|
When the ground is frozen I fit an Old Mac boot over the whole bandage and let him out into the little paddock. He chews on the boot but it really isn't a great fit- it was Irish's, but it protects his sole and keeps the bandage dry. When the ground starts to soften I bring them both in. Fortunately, neither seem to mind being in for a half a day.
There is definite separation anxiety in both of them. It has shown me that Quaid needs work that he needs to focus even when upset. He did knock me over once when he was upset. I am more aware not and don't take his full cooperation for granted.
Like I said, the weather has been incredibly mild and it would be good for riding. But I honestly have zero desire to ride. I find that looking after the horses, Ed and work is more than enough right now. In the grand scheme of things having some time off from riding is not a big deal. And Quaid being on stall rest for a few weeks will soon be a distant memory. I am so lucky that things are going well. I plan to do everything I can to keep it that way.
well golly gee whiz, that looks familiar :( UGH Quaid, poor pony! let me know what you think about the Tubbease hoof sock. i'd kinda forgotten they exist, but remember checking one out at Kentucky one year and feeling a bit skeptical. whatever works, tho, amirite?ReplyDelete
also a bit jealous at your protocol to switch to two-day wraps vs every day.... charlie's protocol is a little bit different, but that may be bc we expect he will lose his sole rather than expecting the hole to fill in and heal. one note tho (and will be detailed in my post tomorrow), we did experience a little setback when we switched to a dry wrap and the hole plugged up and he experienced that painful increase in pressure again. i'm not sure Quaid would experience the same thing since presumably his healing pattern will be different (bc no false sole...)... but just something to keep in mind if he seems to go backward on any given day...
anyway, so glad to hear you've got a setup that seems to be working for both horses --- good luck and keep us posted!
I think his is expected to heal differently because of the hole they drilled. But yeah, I am pretty obsessed with watching it. I will post about the sock once I have some data. I am likely doing the ‘throw all the things’ approach. 😀Delete
Your diligence will pay off. It's hard to keep young horse minds occupied at the best of times but stall rest must make it even tougher. What about having him in hand and setting up some ground poles in a pattern to lead him lead him through ? Kind of like a maze where he has to really think about where he puts his feet.ReplyDelete
I am doing leading. I will definitely complicate it as he heals. He’s still a bit ouchy walking.Delete
It might seem strange (or maybe a silver lining) but something sweet emerges from a nursing relationship. A different kind of bond, with a constant rythme and repetition that reinforces new skills and habits. I would love to know what Quaid thinks of all this. Take care of yourself! 🥰ReplyDelete
Yeah I agree. It’s different but interestingDelete
I'm so glad he's feeling so much better. I'm still finding having two a bit of a struggle as far as separation anxiety. They're both great now if they're the one doing something, but the one left out still finds it hard.ReplyDelete
Exactly, the one who is left is the one upset. Neither has trouble leaving.Delete
Life has seasons. If it’s any consolation, I haven’t ridden since October. I am purely a barn slave, and that’s okay. It will make spring quite interesting though. Keep up the good work.ReplyDelete
Spring should definitely be interesting. I am fine with not riding right now. I am just surprised that I am okay.Delete
That foot really looks pretty good all things considered. I love how you are trying to keep him engaged with limited ability to turn him out. He sounds like he has been a trooper through the whole thing. With some work and age I'm sure his ability to focus on you in high stress times will get better. He's been through a lot-and so have you!ReplyDelete
When I compare him to Irish as the same age, he's so much better. He's been so easy since he arrived so it's easy to over dramatize what is pretty typical 2-3 year old behaviour.Delete
Stall rest is so tough, but especially so with a lil baby horse. Sounds like you've got a pretty good set up worked out. Thank goodness for the milder weather! Fingers crossed the rest of his recovery is quick and uneventful.ReplyDelete
Definitely wanting an indoor. It would make this easier. To be honest, I wish the snow would stay but it will be gone by Friday and we'll be back to mud. :(Delete