|This photo was sent by the farrier to my farrier the day|
he put the shoe and plate on.
|the medical plate|
While I was being shown how to do this, Paula took a video. It's a good reference to have:
The instructions are to remove the plate every 3-4 days, replace the old gauze with fresh soaked in diluted betadine. Julia and I have done one change and the hoof was looking better already. I had so much in my head that I forgot to take a photo but will for the next change. The biggest danger right now is to keep water and dirt out of the open wound. The plate is not enough. The shoe is also wrapped in duct tape and vet wrap.
It is, of course, the wettest time of year.
|fresh snow in March is pretty but it's pretty slushy.|
Poor Quaid has been on some version of stall rest going on since February 3. For 2 he's handling it extremely well. Hell, he's handling it great for any aged horse. I hate keeping them in, I feel that they are happier when they can be outside.
I had bought an Easy boot zip when this all started and it seemed to work great. But I've only had it on him maybe 14 time and it completely disintegrated.
|10/10 don't recommend|
Quaid is not in the larger paddock. I'm pretty sure if he runs around he's going to haul that boot off. So I have him in my small paddock right outside the barn. It's about 36 x36 (which, for the record, he was in with the easy boot too). It's enough to let him walk around and eat some hay. He can come in and out of the barn which he likes. Carmen is in the bigger paddock. So far it's all working.
I just need to get him to the point of the hole being covered with fresh horn and then he can have more freedom.
People ask me how he's doing and I always say the same: 'he's good right now'. I just can't let myself think that we're out of the woods. No matter what the vet says. I've been here twice before. I'm trying to be optimistic. Intellectually I know that we should be fine, this time we dealt with the underlying issue (infected bone). But emotionally I 'm not there yet.
Just keep telling me it's all going to be fine.