Monthly Archives: July 2015

One Very Lucky Horse

I spoke to John- my right hand man- who said Chance was fine this am. No stiffness, swelling, or lameness! Chance went outside for a bit. When John came to let him back inside, Chance apparently was ready to go and ran up the hill to the barn!

Chance is one very lucky guy!

Lessons learned- get break away cross ties ASAP, don’t use cross ties while the farrier is working on my horse, and invest in a huge pad 😉 for Chance to stand on at all times!

The Luckiest Unlucky Day Ever

Today was not the greatest of days….but I will say that we had the luckiest unlucky day ever!  And, of course, it was a full moon tonight which means I should just stay inside.

Today we met with a new farrier.  I have been doing some research on shoes that provide comfort, support, and do not mess up Chance’s hooves like nails tend to especially when a horse is on rockier terrain.  I spoke with my vet who suggested to,   “put shoes on all 4 hooves with a 1 degree wedge pad on both hind shoes.  Set all 4 shoes back from the toe of the foot by at least a 1/4th an inch.”

I went to the farm a bit early and gave Chance a bath, some Equinox for pain, and got ready for the farrier.  The farrier arrived and Chance was great!  He stood on the cross ties and ate hay like a champ.  For some reason I decided to lengthen the cross ties.  I am not sure why exactly but thank God I did.

My dad and the farrier were with Chance while I went to feed Lucky his dinner.  Well, after I fed Luck, I turned the corner and saw that Chance was on the ground!  Yes, you read correctly, he was on the freaking ground…all 17.1 hands of him!  The moment I saw him our eyes met- I know it sounds like the beginning of a love story- and he immediately took a deep breath and calmed down.  I walked up to him and he slowly got up and stood there right in front of me with his head resting under my arm- breathing heavily and he had the beginnings of sweat covering his body.

I stood there and just spoke to him- calmly- telling him he was okay.  Once a few minutes had passed, and he was calm, I walked him forward to make sure he was okay.  Sure enough, he was fine…aside from some surface scrapes.  I cleaned his scrapes up and walked him outside to eat some grass.  After about ten minutes, I walked him back into the aisle for the farrier to finish up.

According to both my dad and the farrier, Chance was having his back left shoe nailed in when the nail hit a nerve and he flinched.  I guess the farrier didn’t realize this because he hit the nail once more.  That was when Chance reacted and went down.  Thankfully, the farrier got out of the way & removed the nail midair (so that Chance wouldn’t go down on the foot with the nail and drive it deeper).  Think of a splinter going under your nail…and then hitting it again, deeper under your nail….ouch!

However, he landed somewhat gracefully, but due to the cross ties not being break away and the concrete not allowing Chance to gain any “grip” with his newly shod feet, he began to panic.  Upon seeing me, he calmed down, and he was able to get back up.  I can’t help but thank my lucky stars that I had lengthened the cross ties so that he had some slack, and that I came back inside when I did…had I not, he would have kept flailing.  Had I been in there when the nail hit the nerve it may not have happened because I would have said something to the farrier.  However, had I been in there when it occurred, things may have also been far worse…since my dog, Sadie, is always right by Chance’s or my side at all times.

We ended up deciding to forgo putting hind shoes on until later (a few weeks) and the farrier removed the one evil hind shoe and trimmed up the other hoof.  Chance stood quietly and allowed him to complete his job.  I was so impressed with my old guy!

I have emailed my vet to see if she is able to come check on Chance tomorrow just in case…hopefully, Chance will just be a bit sore in the morning and nothing worse….:(

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Keep Your Friends Close & Your Enemies Closer…?

Well, after months and months of trying to make Luck and Chance BFFs, they are now inseparable!

The other night Chance and Luck were roaming around the outside of the farm when suddenly I hear Chance running, full spreed, around the barn screaming.  I run outside and Chance is visibly upset, searching around frantically for Luck.  Suddenly, Luck comes trotting down the hill to Chance.  He settles down and I put them into their neighboring stalls for the night.  Chance continues to pace in his stall, looking down through the bars at Luck.  I decide, after about ten minutes of him circling in his stall, to put Luck into the stall with him.  As soon as Luck walked into Chance’s stall, he immediately relaxed and the two of them just stood together eating hay.

imageLooking outside together…or Chance looking outside and Luck trying to

imageKisses!

And They’re Back….Scratches, Scratches EVERYWHERE!

Over the last couple weeks the rain has been unrelenting.  And with rain comes scratches (Pastern Dermatitis).  In a previous entry I spoke about an amazing treatment for scratches that actually worked…however, when it rains like it has recently, once again the scratches got out of control.

A handful of months ago I got a skin scrape on Chance’s hind legs to determine the bacteria that was causing the scratches.  Sure enough there were three types of bacteria growing which was why I was having so much difficulty getting them under control.

Below are the results:

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As you can see above, the bacteria shows resistance or no interpretation to all but 7 antibiotics.  I spoke to my vet and she suggested beginning with Gentamicin and go from there if he does not respond to the medication.  Chance has been receiving an injection of 30 mls of Gentamicin in his muscle once a day for about a week now.  He obviously does not enjoy this, nor do I for that matter, but his scratches are showing improvements!  He is also on the topical cream, Silver Sulfadiazine, once a day.

Fingers crossed that I will get ahead of the scratches and they will go away forever!