UPDATE ON OUR SEPTEMBER BUCKET FUND HORSES, Sugar and Jackie!






In case your missed our September Bucket Fund story about the vet who has taken in 30 stray horses from the Louisiana floods… please click here.

JACKIE

Jackie is doing great!  Her legs are growing back hair and she is eating and happy!  Dr. Lee still bathes and wraps her twice a day… and the hard work is paying off!

Also, Dr. Lee sent a pic of Jackie’s rescue from the very high flood water.

Jackie was led by brave rescuers after she had been in high water for 4 days.

Jackie was led by brave rescuers after she had been in high water for 4 days.

She was then tied to a rock on dry land. Dr. Lee took her in...

She was then tied to a rock on dry land. Dr. Lee took her in…

Her skin fell off...

Her skin fell off of her legs…

And now it is growing back! Under Dr. Lee's care, Jackie is blossoming!

And now it is growing back! Under Dr. Lee’s care, Jackie is blossoming!

SUGAR

Sugar is so brave!  Dr. Lee finally received back the West Nile bloodwork – and she had it!  That is what was wrong with her, neurologically, 2 weeks ago!   Amazing Sugar pulled through that virus even as he skin was falling off of her.

But now Sugar is facing another issue.  Her skin is not healing properly.  She has many pus areas and hardened little pieces.  Those plaque-like things are called “kunkers” which you see in pythium.  Dr. Lee is very afraid she has contracted pythium.  There are only a few labs that will test for it.  We should know next week.

As usual, Sugar is very happy, loves to eat and graze…

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Her spirits are GREAT and Dr. Lee is working with her 24/7. She is sloughing off her skin.

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Here is a closer look, before her bath.

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These are the plaque-like pieces called “kunkers” which you see in pythium. The test results will come back next week.

DR. LEE

Dr. Lee has been working non-stop to heal these 30 horses… plus her regular horse clients.  I cannot imagine offering this much care and time FREE OF COST and also running a practice and raising 2 little kids.

She is truly amazing.

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Picking a farrier is like dating. (From an Owner’s point of view.)






I have to find a new farrier now that I am 5 hours away from my previous farrier.

My biggest issue is that I only do trims.  In Grass Valley, there were several barefoot trimmers to chose from – some fanatical, some fabulous.   Just like any farrier, I went through a few before I found a great match.

Here, no farrier does just trims.  They shoe.  In fact, people don’t even know what ‘barefoot trim’ means.  After several inquiries, I now realize that a barefoot trim around here means:  ‘Oh, you’re not putting shoes on this time… OK’.

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A FARRIER TRIM  vs  A BAREFOOT TRIM

First of all, just like any practitioner, there are many toads to kiss in the barefoot trim world before you will find your prince.

Barefoot trimming is half podiatry engineering and half common sense.   It isn’t just trimming to prep the hoof for a shoe or cutting back the excess hoof… it is shaping the individual hoof in relation to how it hits the ground per the anatomy of the horse.  This takes education and understanding of balance, pressure, bones and footfall.

Like any farrier, the courses to learn barefoot trimming aren’t as robust as the experience needed to actually understand it.

But to me, the emotional difference between a farrier who does trims and a barefoot trimmer – is the knowledge and the belief that a barefoot hoof is inherently good.

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IT IS LIKE DATING

Finding your farrier match is a process.  It is like finding a mate.

My criteria:  You have to like each other (since you will spend quite a bit of time together…), you have to like his animal husbandry, his politics (you chat a lot while holding a horse), his manners, his business acumen, his punctuality and the most important, to me – he must have sharp tools.

Lots of farriers have some of these traits, but not all have most of these traits.  Or, I’m a tough owner, not sure.

But, I like what I like… and since I have 10-12 to trim each time, I want to be happy.  I want my horses to be happy.

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THE ULTIMATE FEEDBACK COMES FROM MY HORSES

The ultimate decision comes from my horses – I can read my horses like a book.

If they fuss or pin ears or don’t stand well, I know the farrier is not a good match.

If they are calm and chewing… well… that means a lot.

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A FARRIER TEAM CAME TODAY

I live in a cow town with real cowboys.  These guys have horses who work on ranches and have other jobs at night, like roping or rodeoing.

The farriers have sliding shoes and working shoes and street shoes… all kinds of shoes.  The idea of riding barefoot is like suggesting riding on quicksand.  Why would you want to do that?

Today, a team of farriers came.  This was my first clue that they are not trimmers, per se.

Anyway, the older one was very chatty and got to know me as a new potential client.  He could tell that I was more touchy feely than most of his clients so he tuned his attention to sweet tales of horses – he even showed me a pic of his granddaughter and his old horse.  It was very cute.

The young one was trimming my way overdue horses as if they were to be shod.  He barely took anything off!  They had long toes and after he was done, I couldn’t hardly tell.

So, I gently suggested that these horses have been barefoot for years and they are fine to trim more… I also had to remind the young one that Dodger is 36 and cannot raise his hip as high as the young farrier was demanding.

Anyway, after 5 trims, I figured he’d have to be back in 4 weeks.  Sigh.

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WHO TO ASK FOR A HUMAN REFERRAL

To get referrals, I asked the neighbors who they used… and no one used any one guy.  Hmmmmm.

I did go to tack stores and feed stores but none had any trimmers to recommend, only shoers.

My next idea was to ask a rehab facility.  They did give me a name.  They said he was a great farrier but didn’t know about his trimming…

So now I’ve just gone to the Easy Care website to find a barefoot trimmer in my area.  There was one.  So, I texted her.  I got a nasty message back saying I had the wrong number – so she must have moved.

I’ll keep looking and I’ll keep you posted.

Dating can be hard, especially after you’ve learned a bit…  ;)

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SEPTEMBER BUCKET FUND:  Louisiana Flood victim  horses that are being treated by Dr. Lee, on her own – her own money – just to help them. She has over 30 horses in her care.  Click here to read the story!

Click to read their heartwrenching story!


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