Mara was extremely sore today, in fact she did not want to move. So Brian her farrier came into her paddock to treat the abscess. Brian tested the hoof, felt for heat and identified the site of the pocket of purulent material (much like a whitehead pimple.) He then trimmed hoof and created a small opening to relieve the pressure. Mara will continue to have her hoof wrapped with a medicated poultice pad. I’ll change the dressing in two days and Brian will return to recheck her on Friday. I gave Mara B more Bute and got her over to the water tank before saying goodbye. We are on the road to recovery.
Mara B is lame, it’s probably an abscess (95% sure.) She was moving very slowly very gingerly this morning. We have separated her from her herd, to avoid the other horses forcing her to move unnecessarily. She is now comfortable outside across from her own paddock and resting comfortably we hope. We delivered water and hay, put a poultice on her left front hoof and her farrier will attend to her on Monday. Mara B is clearly very tender on that hoof but has been an appreciative and sweet patient.
I left the Sea Oats behind and I’m looking forward to reuniting with Mara B! Hannah has let me know that Mara has come up lame today. (Who knows why?) We will check it all out in the morning, for now Hannah was giving her Bute (an anti-inflammatory for horses.) One of the numerous situations a horse owner must manage, hopefully just something minor.
We had the first snow and Dr Toby’s fall visit this morning. Mara B was staying as dry as possible in the shelter when I arrived. I sat on the bench, let Mara eat, she had her fall shots and headed back to her paddock. Weather does play into our horse time, and today’s weather was simply not conducive to great horse time.
Mara B loves her hay! She is often enjoying the round bale when I arrive to visit her. While on our travels to Iowa we were delighted to meet Arthur Geisert, the illustrator of “Haystack” – a beautiful picture book with exquisite colored etchings. “Haystack” teaches that a haystack is more than just a pile of hay. No wonder Mara loves it. Many people like the smell of hay, especially when horses are eating it.
Riding out we stopped to say hello to the guys who were repairing the paddock fence that had gone down yesterday. Mara and I had such a relaxing ride time today, we both enjoyed a slow saunter and took in the sights. Mara received a good spray down after our ride and she loved the rinse off. Of course she had rolled already by the time I drove out the driveway.