That was my thought in the barn tonight. Either you love it or you have no business running your own horse business 🙂 Horses are great fun 99% of the time but let me just tell you how exhausting/frustrating/annoying it is soaking an abscess every single day if not twice a day in freezing cold weather. Yep, Dixie has the mother of all abscesses on both heel bulbs in his left front. He had cut his heel and I suppose despite putting him on Smz’s it decided to brew. One day he was fine and then next I come home to find him unable to walk. The leg is triple the size..okay I know I he walked out sound to the pasture this morning so you feel relieved it has to be an abscess.
For the past week and a half I have been soaking it and wrapping with animalintex poultice which I consider one of the greatest inventions ever! The heels have been draining steadily but he got worse as he went instead of better. Okay, try not to panic. I thought mmm..this can not be good and put him on some smz’s but no improvement so I called Allie (director of CANTER MA). Allie is my backup when I need to confirm I am on the right track. She suggested bumping him up to penicillin shots so I added that to the course of treatment. Wow, my favorite thing to do in freezing cold weather is inject something that feels like sludge into my horse. Poor Dixie is hurting but is such a wonderful patient. Just stick him on the x-ties with his foot soaking bag and finish my barn chores. Stick him with a needle and then give him a treat to say I am sorry.
Today his leg actually looked normal size and there was a lot of drainage coming out of the left heel bulb. If you are sensitive to smell this would be an awful job because the smell coming from that foot is rank. I can not even describe the awfulness of it but I would like to stick that stinky wrap under the pillow of my worse enemies. I think that would be a fun revenge. Enough of that 🙂
I am hoping we are getting close to being done with this abscess. Looks like I will be putting four shoes back on my personal horse to hunt while Dixie heals.
Indy was dropped off to his new owners on Sunday. I met up with them on the eastern shore where we went rabbit hunting with their pack of basset hounds. I think they were called the Foxboro foot hounds and it was so much fun to watch the Bassets hunt. I hope to get out with them when it is not so windy so the scent holds a bit better. I have to brag on Indy as he loaded up in a new trailer with a pack of 12+ hounds over top of his head (they were in the gooseneck). He is such a smart horse so I hope he works well for them. They have a few days to try him out but I think it would be awful hard to find as nice of a horse as him for such a reasonable price (my opinion anyway 🙂 )
I really do love my horses and in this cold weather I am glad the barn chores keep me motivated and working up a sweat. I may dread getting out there but I love to walk into the barn full of horses on a cold morning and hear them holler for their grain and be so happy to see me coming.