Wednesday, October 15, 2008

She'll Survive...

Well, the bay mare, Beauty(hey, Megan was 7 when she named her-LOL) will survive the drama. She is lame...very lame!
But, it does not feel like anything is broken...
As you can see, she is still not standing square on it...
Although she is sore in her stifle(the point of the patella), the heat and real tenderness is in the joint between the patella and tibia...
There is little that can be done except keep her in a small area and give her time to heal. There is not a veterinarian within 180 miles that has an X-ray machine capable of x-raying this part of the leg. Other than an x-ray, there is no other need to take her to a closer vet-they will not be able to feel anything more than I can. They will tell me to do what I already am-restricting her movement and use liniment to help ease the soreness. I will not use Bute either. I don't care to use Bute on a horse that is injured because feeling the soreness will help her to minimize her movement and speed the healing process.

So pretty Beauty will hang out with "the mouse" and get to enjoy having her meals and water brought to her. "The mouse" you ask? I can't believe I have never posted pictures of the infamous Mighty Mouse...
I tried to talk him into looking up to say "Hi", but Mouse rarely gets the chance to graze, so he abstained...
Mighty Mouse is a large mini?/small shetland? that has graced us with his presence for the last 14 years. My brother brought him home one Easter for Megan. She was just over a year old. He was "supposed" to be about 4y/o, but I think he was more like 14y/o. For years, all I heard about was what great barrel racers Mouse and Megan would be when they "grew up". I think Megan was about 12 before I could finally convince her that Mouse was, indeed, all "grown up". Since he is a lovable little shit we decided to keep him even after Megan outgrew him. Not to mention the fact that he founders on air and water, which is why he lives in the corral. I really need to get a little harness and cart for him, so Megan can drive him. He was part of a team before we got him and also drove as a single. I bet it won't take much to get him refreshed on that. He needs a little job-I am sure he gets pretty bored doing nothing and some exercise would be good for his little feetsies.

So after doctoring Beauty and trimming Mouse's feet, I headed to the other pasture to see how the stud and mares looked. Normally by now, we would have pulled the stud, but the two sorrel mares are bred and the red dun mare won't have anything to do with letting the stud breed her, so we left him out a little longer this year. It was good for him, as he has really filled up...
My sorrel mare has gone beyond "filled up"...
I would say she is about two axe handles wide...
These two aught to produce a foal that should fly. He is Oklahoma Star. She is Lady Bugs Moon and Leo. My next barrel horse is "cooking" as we speak-LOL.

10 comments:

cdncowgirl said...

"Cooking"? Shouldn't that be "baking"? As in, she's got a bun in the oven.
Sorry, lame I know but hey, that's me! :)

Glad to hear Beauty will be fine after some rest and it was nice to meet Mouse. You really should find a cart for him, Megan can bring something new to 4H!

BrownEyed Cowgirls said...

ohhh yea-that's it, "baking"...I'm always using the wrong words-LOL. Well, we want "it" to bake just right-not so fast that it can't turn and not so slow that it is doughy-hehehe

Oh, we would be b.a.d together...how many people do you think we could make cry?

Mikey said...

Well good news there! And that Mouse? He is ADORABLE!!! Find that girl a cart so we can see her drive him!!!

Mikey said...

PS - taking Wade with me tomorrow :)

kdwhorses said...

HOping she gets better!
Mouse is a cutie!
Cooking in the oven! YOu crack me up!
Oh and you should go to Vegas you are on a lucky strike girl! congrats on your latest prize from Andrea! I never win anything, I don't even know why I bother! LOL!

Callie said...

Oh Gosh, he's a cutie, but he sounds like a little devil. I had a shetland once that was a devil! Hope your mare heals well!

1bitrcountrygirl said...

I'm glad that Beauty is going to get better with some R&R. Mouse is a cutie! I think the harness and cart are a great idea for Mouse!

C-ingspots said...

You have some fine lookin' horse flesh there!! No offense intended - that was my granny's highest offered line of admiration. But they are beautiful anyway you put it. I hope the injury to your mare's stifle isn't anything serious. I understand how you feel about the bute useage, however the anti-inflammatory effects are most helpful, especially if this is a soft tissue injury, and if you can reduce her movement. If you talked to your vet, an IM injection of dex or Depo-medrol might also be in order - again to reduce inflamation. Just some thoughts...hope she gets better real soon.

Melanie said...

BEC-
Thanks for your input about Bo! I left a reply back on my blog, and I don't want to retype it so check over there if you want to. :)

My old horse, Shadest, broke his coffin bone (right in front of my bewildered eyes!) and had a similar stance, except he was non weight bearing, and he obviously had no swelling or heat in his legs. Hope she recovers quickly for you.

Mighty Mouse is too cute! He and Sienna would make quite the pair...lol!!!

And yes, your sorrel mare is filled up, but she sure looks dang good like that! The question is, why don't we look so good when we are a little on the plump side??? Teeheehee!!!

Vaquerogirl said...

Whew! Glad Beauty is going to be ok with some R and R.That is the worst place to have an injury in my opinion. I've only had one horse with a stifle injury and it wern't good.
Nice tail on your mare...looks so retro- like 1960 or something when we used to MAKE 'em look like that!
She's a nice looking mare and a runner(?)
Cute lil Mouse too. I wish I had a bunch just like her.