Just a quick update to say that Lucy is doing ok today. She is already going a bit stir crazy in her stall and is trying to eat the wood in there, so I am thinking of ways to keep her brain occupied while she is inside all week.
Her wraps still look good enough to leave on, so I didn't change them. The vet said to leave them be as long as they stay up and don't look too gross, because changing them too often makes it hard for the wounds to form a scab and heal properly, and also exposes her more to infection. She is putting weight on all four legs evenly and is moving around her stall with ease.
The wound on her stifle looks very sore and it is oozing serum, but it looks clean and like it is already starting to form a scab around the edges. This is excellent news. I am thankful that it is cold enough for her to wear a blanket, because I think the blanket is protecting it a lot from the bedding in her stall.
I really appreciate all the sweet comments of support that you guys left on yesterday's post.
Yah! Good news!! It's odd how you go through set backs and it brings you guys closer...at the time it can be hard to see that but it's the truth. I was a freak when Grayson had those infected teeth and needed them out...but the recovery was actually a little sweet. I would see him twice a days for meds and rinsing...I sort've looked forward to going out to care for him every day. Grayson's also a pretty good patient...not sure how Lu is.ReplyDelete
Keep your chin up...she's a super healthy and driven little lady, she'll heal in no time! :)
Thanks Julie :) I am not quite to the point of feeling closer to her; I am still very upset over the whole thing and I made the mistake of posting to COTH about it and one commenter left some pretty blunt feedback that has brought my spirits way, way down, but as with all of the other crap this horse has put me through, I am sure we'll come out ok on the other side.Delete
Hope you're feeling better too! :)ReplyDelete
Hope you both continue to make a speedy recovery!ReplyDelete
Yay for scabbing! As strange as that sounds, its definitely a good thing. Would a mirror in her stall distract her? I know it really depends on the horse, but my TB mare is such a curious thing that a mirror really keeps her occupied. Everytime she goes back to it, it's still amusing.ReplyDelete
That is such a unique and creative idea. She does love to look at herself in the mirror in the indoor, so I will give that a shot! Thanks!!Delete
Ignore assholes. Accidents happen. They are horses. Horses do stupid things. That's why horse owners don't drive luxury SUV's or live the high life. All our money goes into our horses.ReplyDelete
I totally understand how upset you are at her. LUCY! (I sort of want to yell at her myself.) Take your time, rest, and ignore people who have stupid comments or put you down. Arnica helps a lot when you have pain (so do drugs!) Hope you feel better. Tell Lucy that this comes out of her treat fund!!
Thanks :) There was some really good advice mixed in with the harsh criticism, at least :)Delete
Yay for scabbing! Don't forget the wonder dust to prevent any proudflesh happening :)ReplyDelete
For entertainment in the stall, there is nothing like a jug with some oats, grain, or treats in it. Just make sure its sealed. It'll smell like something she knows and will rattle. Unless you think she may try to eat it...then you may want to go with rocks.
So do you put a hole in the jug so she can bop it around a bit and have a treat fall out? That's what I have heard from a few people and that seems like a cute idea that is also very inexpensive.Delete
Ugh, sorry about whatever comments were made on COTH, I can't even imagine what negative comments someone would post about you and Lucy. I'm sure whatever they were, they were completely inaccurate and rude. =-/ReplyDelete
Hang in there... big hugs from me and Prince.
thanks Jessica :)Delete
I read the whole COTH thread and am really sorry you had that kind of feedback. COTH can be harsh, don't take it personally. Forget them and their comments. Pick up the pieces of your confidence (in yourself and your horse) and put them back together. Like you said, it's in the past. You both survived, end of story. :) You have one hell of a seat to ride that mare and not come off more often than you do! Take a deep breath, relax. Go enjoy the Equine Affaire! Wish I was able to go. Foxhunting on Saturday, so I can't yet again. There's always next year!ReplyDelete
Thanks Sarah, I suppose I got what I asked for : opinions. Some were very harsh and uncalled for, I think, but that is the deal with the internet and I will definitely learn from this experience and probably not post there again unless it's something light and fluffy. I have so many knowledgeable horse people here to ask and I will take advantage of that next time!Delete
I read the thread on COTH as well - some folks were definitely out of line. Take it with a grain of salt. The whole teaching them to stop when a rider comes off is interesting and might be a neat trick to teach Lucy while she's recovering especially since you have the indoor. Hope Lucy keeps up her speedy recovery rate and hope you're feeling better both physically and mentally. :)ReplyDelete
You know the old saying "Opinions are like assholes. Every one has one and they all stink" LOL!! Keep your head up high. I didn't read what happened on COTH but I can imagine. You always do right for Lu so just keep plugging ahead.ReplyDelete
Nibble net doesn't keep her busy? Laz is a eating maniac so he literally would eat all day if he could.