...Is me having one of the worst weeks e.v.e.rrrrrrrr!
First my phone disappears...
(So if I used to have your number, I no longer do...Yes...I am one of those techno idiots who didn't back up my numbers. So if you want me to have your number again...please email it to me.)
Then Bob dies...
I go pick up the sorrel horse from the trainer...
He looks good huh? Even with all of his 'war paint' on...I know he's been ridden, but he never did get ridden outside. The WHOLE freaking reason I sent him to the trainer. Trainer's reason for NOT riding him out in the desert?
(I'm not even go there. I was afraid if I opened my mouth...It would be ugly from the first word. I just loaded my horse and left.)
Massive family drama...that went on for dayyyyyyssssssss!
(I seriously thought about driving off and disappearing. I daydream like that sometimes. I do NOT do drama.)
I ran at Rimrock on Tuesday. Moon didn't feel right during warm-up. He was not lame and I could not find any indicators of what was wrong. He just did not feel like...'Moon'. But he ran well. Pilot error caused a blow-by on 1st barrel. We placed 4th...They only paid 3 places.
I decided it was time to go ahead with the shoes...I'll explain that more in detail later...
However...I always turn Moon out to pasture after a run. I think it alleviates a lot of muscle stiffening/soreness if a horse gets a chance to keep moving. Because I knew I was getting shoes on Moon the next morning, I decided to just let him have a day off and let him loaf in the pasture with the rest of the herd. That evening when I went to get him up for grain, he was lame.
Since it was too late to do anything about it that night and I knew my farrier would be able to help me pinpoint what was going on...I just left him out for the night.
He was much better this morning, but still 'off'. The farrier determined he was out in his mid-back and sore all the way over his left hip to his hock. Had the farrier go a head and shoe him.
(Oh great...I'm entered in two rodeos this weekend and I immediately start wondering if I need to 'vet out'.)
Went with event shoes on the front...
And plains on the back...
I called a friend, got her equine chiro's number and scheduled an appointment for Moon. Figuring worst case scenario, I can have him worked on, see what he is like in the morning and then decide if I need to have my vet give me a vet release so I can vet out of the rodeos.
Chiro agrees to see Moon, but it won't be til late in the evening. I bring Moon home. Gather the rest of the herd from the pasture and find that the scrape Turk picked up last weekend has causes his whole lower leg to swell...
Seriously, it was not that big of a scrape and I swabbed it with Swat to keep the flies out before turning him out.
So that needed cold-hosed and doctored.
Before doing that, I go catch Beretta so she can go out to pasture and graze for a few hours and find this...
Really? It hardly seem possible that I did not notice THAT this morning. I did notice she had a scrape on her chest this morning...so it went from that to THIS in a matter of a few hours?
I have no idea...My only guess is that she ran into the pipe fence?
At what...Mach 10?
I said to hell with it and turned her out on pasture for a few hours. Movement usually helps these things go down. When I got her in this evening I cold-hosed it and rubbed it down with External Rub. I guess I will have to see what it looks like tomorrow and may have to get the vet out for two horses.
Loaded Moon up...again...took him to the equine chiro and had him worked over. If you could call it that. I didn't even to think to ask my friend if the chiro manually manipulated or used mallets. I don't think the mallet crap works worth a shit and of course that is what this guy uses. Hell...I could go buy myself a couple of rubber mallets and tap on my own horses muscles for all that effort seemed worth...and it cost me $60. I was nice though. My bad for not asking and he was kind enough to get me in on an emergency.
On the way home I called my farrier. We are going to see what Moon feels like in the morning and if he is still sore, the farrier swears he can use his electromagnetic machine and fix him up. I should have just had him do that this morning.
So I get home and get to cold hose my 3rd horse of the day. I figured the best thing to do at this point was cold hose him...
And DMSO his back, hips and hocks.
I don't know what Moon did to his back. I'm guessing he was just getting sore already (which I attributed to his feet) and running on Tuesday was the one run too much.