More special care for Mara B today! To reduce the hives, she is on a powder Benadryl type medication for a few days. I give it to her mixed with applesauce via syringe right down her throat, since she would not eat it on grain.
Mara had outdoor arena exercise time and she liked saying hi to her former paddock mates. Looking closely you can still see a few raised hives on her rump.
But it’s the biting flies and insects we hope to reduce or eliminate now with the fly boots she is wearing. We want to limit her stomping to keep flies away, because stomping at flies damages horses hooves, and with horses wearing shoes it’s a more common practice for them to wear fly boots. Hopefully they will be comfortable as well as beneficial and she’ll keep them on.
Mara B and I had an exceptional trail ride today. Off we headed with Char and SeaB and Jackie and Honey to cross the river and ride an enchanting and magical river trail.
On the way to the river we caught Julie out with Barbie and still unnamed Baby, we all chatted and commented on how much he’s growing.
We then continued along the edge of the field and rode ‘down’ to cross the river and find our loop.
I love this area, it’s heavily wooded, a narrow trail and magical. We delighted to see the ferns and wildflowers along the way. We do have to dismount to clean poop off the trail, (thank you Jackie) I had to dismount and get Mara to jump over a log that she refused three times. This is real trail riding.
And then Mara and I found the miserable when we got into a stretch of tall weeds that she clearly reacted to. Mara became hypersensitive and overreacted and just tried to get out of there. An ugly kind of ride, so I got off her and walked, tripped and swore for 10 minuets or so leading her to finally get “out of it.” The poor thing, she rode home great after we crossed the river to head back to the barn. I have already spoken to her Vet, this will need to be treated and managed for her. I am a highly sensitive person (look up HSP) and I know that Mara B is also highly sensitive, I understand her. My riding partners Jackie and Char were fabulous and supportive friends throughout, thank you.
Most of Mara’s hives are gone and she is feeling much better today! Two more days of medication and we will wrap up our hives adventure.