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The highs and lows of horse ownership

Discussion in 'Ringside Chat' started by HaloHoney, Sep 11, 2017.

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  1. HaloHoney

    HaloHoney Active Member

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    The highs and lows of horse ownership: yesterday- cross country and a rosette. Awesome. Brave, bold & honest.

    Today: lame. Gash on leg from being kicked in field, vet out, due to where he's been kicked being on the bone with no padding, there's a risk of it being fractured but it won't show on an x-ray today. So he could be absolutely fine or he could have a fractured leg that could "blast open" at any point if we just put him out in a field. An x-ray today (well if we're using the insurance it makes no difference, does it) showed a hairline of something that might or might not be something if you cock your head to one side and squint. So Schroedinger's horse is on rest for 2 weeks. He seems fine in himself (angry about his delayed lunch), but I'm gutted that my best bud isn't sound.

    It's a good job he's a very cuddly chap on the ground. He'll be very shiny after 2 weeks of being groomed, fussed-over and loved.

    Outstanding irony bonus for Flash for me having spoken to the vet not 30 minutes before to book his bloody annual boosters for tomorrow.

    Roll on 2 weeks...
     
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    Mary Poppins Well-Known Member

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    Fingers crossed it is nothing. Horse ownership comes with huge higbs and lows, you need to buckle in for the ride. x
     
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    Jessey Well-Known Member

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    It sure can be a rollercoaster ride. Hopefully your vet is just being cautious but its a good excuse for some bonding time and a few extra carrots :)
     
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    Oh no!! I will keep fingers and toes crossed for him ;)
     
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    Fingers crossed for him x
     
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    Oh that IS rotten luck! I hope it's not too serious xxx
     
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    Lissie Well-Known Member

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    Ouch! Fingers crossed for him. Yes it's a bumpy ride, the highs outweigh the lows though!
     
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    newforest Opinion, a view not always based on knowledge.

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    Did they x ray both legs? I only ask because when mine was x rayed they were itching the head and getting second opinions, but it's normal for mine to have this bone bit that shouldn't look like it does. ( because she hasn't read the book)

    Fingers crossed, it's fine.
     
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    Oh no, flipping horses - always throwing something at you to worry you to death. Hope he's ok and copes well with the box rest
     
  11. HaloHoney

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    He's doing really well on it actually. Going to ask people to give him fuss not treats because he's getting a bit rude searching me for treats every time I'm next to him, but he's being really stoic about it.

    Was thinking he'll be too cold with no rug, but too sweaty with a turnout rug on in his box... until I remembered that when I bought one of his turnout rugs it came with a free fleece stable rug. I thought at the time "he lives in a field not a box, don't know when he'll be wearing that! Oh well." And lobbed it in the bottom of my tack box at the stables. Suffice to say, he looks very smart and cosy in it in his box!

    Groomed him today- bloody hell he looks so shiny without the mud! I always wondered how the hell people keep their horses looking so clean. He's changing his coat, too- shedding hair everywhere. I was brushing him from his neck all the way back is to his bum and getting rid of the loose hairs- but by the time I'd finished his bum his neck was covered in loose hair again. Painting the Forth Bridge sprang to mind...

    The injury/cut is going down a lot from what it was, still looks swollen and lumpy though. Law of sod dictates that it won't be just 2 weeks rest, and it'll be the serious injury type from this. Bracing myself for not riding him for ages. Will be pleasantly surprised by anything else.

    Can you bubble-wrap horses for putting them in their field?

    Will upload some pics in a minute. Xx
     
  12. HaloHoney

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    I'm quite philosophical about it actually.

    1. If he *had* to go lame, at least he waited until after the XC we did the day before. I thanked him profusely for that.
    2. If he *had* to go lame, doing it at the beginning of the weather turning colder isn't a bad thing- they'd upped his feeds to try and get some condition on him going into winter- so staying in getting fat & happy in a box for 2 weeks isn't a bad thing in itself.
    3. If he *had* to be lame- I'm glad it's something obvious that we can treat and manage, rather than an intermittent lame/head scratcher job. This is a thing that we can find out what it is, and treat it/manage it.
    4. God forbid it's the last time I ride him... but if it turns out that way, he was perfect for me on that last XC run. And we had fun.

    So yeah, I'm sad that he's not sound but he seems reasonably chipper and ok with his lot.

    Thank goodness he's such an utter dude in the first place. Starting with something less than chilled temperamentally and then boring it to tears wouldn't be easy... but he seems pretty much like himself so far.

    Here he/we are:

     
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    You've kind of got to take this attitude, even force yourself to think like that or you would just make yourself miserable and that won't help either of you. Glad he is being so good about it :)
     
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    Good way of thinking @HaloHoney have fingers crossed he bounces back. What a handsome big horse!
     
  15. HaloHoney

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    Thank you. He is the apple of my eye. I hope he and I have a long partnership to look forward to when he comes out of his box.
     
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