Yesterday was the winter solstice and that seems to be a good time to reflect on the past year.
2023 was quite the year, full of ups and downs. I know that's fairly normal, it just seemed that this year there peaks were higher and the valleys lower. The year started off easy enough with a fairly mild January. I was able to ride and the horses enjoyed the sunshine.
In February the weather took a turn to record low temperatures. Ed was home recovering from heart surgery. On the coldest day of the year I found Quaid with a screw embedded in his hoof. This lead to a nightmare of multiple vet visits, two trips to the Veterinary Hospital and a real fear that I was going to lose him. In the end he had to have a second surgery to debride the bone which had gotten infected.
Once he was home, he was still not out of the woods. I had to protect the hoof, do regular bandage changes and make sure that not one drop of dirt got in the open hoof wound. It was expensive and I had to work through some trauma with Quaid once it was all done. At one point he kicked me and I thought I broke my elbow. It turned out to be heavily bruised but it was all a bit much. I think I can now wrap a hoof with my eyes closed. I have a great stock of supplies now and if you need recommendations on how to turn out a horse in March and keep their hoof dry just ask. It was all worth it, though because Quaid is now 100% sound (and has been since his surgery).
|every time I see him canter in the field I get a happy thrill
It was hard on all of us and I honestly don't know how I would have gotten through it without Julia and Tanya who helped me pretty. much every day. Because of them and Joanne I was able to go off on a trip of lifetime to Europe while they took care of things at home. Karen and Jim gave me a place to stay while Quaid was in hospital and Paula took two trips with me to island. I learned that friends are basically family that you pick up as you go.
I retired at the end of March and Ed and I celebrated by doing a River Cruise from Zurich to Paris. It was an incredible trip.
|I loved Strasbourg
|Carmen and I got fitter
|Thank heavens for French drains- this water
was gone by the next day
|We travelled to Krista's for a clinic too. It was great.
|showed up one day not realising class was cancelled.
Worked out anyway.
|All ready for Christmas