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MAMA TESS says ‘Goodbye’ to Team Maggot #8 and she TAKES A WALK! plus a small Elsa update…






First off, Elsa is maintaining.

Again, the Dust Devil Ranch Sanctuary FB page is linked here.  You can see photos and follow her progress.

Dream Catcher Therapy Center has offered to lend their sling with a rack.

*Are there any equine angels who can transport it from 5814 Hwy 348 Olathe, Colorado  81425  to 3305 S. 6500 W Cedar City, Utah 84720?   It is heavy and large.  It would fit in the back of a truck or in a horse trailer. If you have the ability to transport the sling, please contact Dream Catcher Therapy Center at 970-323-5400 or email: info@dctc.org

Also, if you’d like to help, the Bucket Fund is collecting for the mounting medical bills and all of the supplies needed to tend to Elsa and Anna. THANK YOU!

MAMA TESS says ‘GOODBYE’ TO TEAM MAGGOT #8!

Well, Team Maggot ate their last morsel today…

I think there might have been a few stragglers hanging on before I washed out her foot.  It had been 8 days and that is the longest they have ever survived before becoming too large.  So, I’m happy with that.

I think one more round may be the last round.  Not sure.

Anyway, I took some photos of the work Team Maggot produced.

You may be able to see that we had created the larger hole, but the maggots were really more interested in their own hole that they created a bit higher up on the hoof.

The reason we are happy to see Team Maggot eating here is because MT has not had any hoof wall attachment here at her coronet band. The hoof is growing, but not attaching. This is because there is too much infection and necrotic tissue caught in that capsule.

However, we hope Team Maggot got in there and cleaned it out…

Another great thing about maggots is that their saliva leaves behind an enzyme that aids in healing.   Our hope is that there isn’t too much damage there and that her tissue will once again attach to the hoof wall as it grows.

I did a quick check on Team Maggot and they had created their own hole ABOVE the hole we prepped for them.  This is good.  They found the bad stuff and dug in!

I did a quick check on Team Maggot and they had created their own hole ABOVE the hole we prepped for them. This is good. They found the bad stuff and dug in!  They worked both holes for 7 days!

Today, after I flushed her foot, you can see the top arrow is where the maggots found their own hole as well as the one we dug below.

Today, after I flushed her foot, you can see the top arrow is where the maggots found their own hole as well as the one we dug below.

This is a side view of the hoof.  You can see that where they were eating, the hoof wall has sunken.  This is good because we hope to have her hoofwall reattach as it grows out - at the coronet band.  We have not had attachment there at all.  The hoof wall is growing, but not attaching there at the critical point.  Our goal is to beat the infection and have healthy tissue that can reattach itself as it grows in.

This is a side view of the hoof. You can see that where they were eating, the hoof wall has sunken. This is good because we hope to have her hoofwall reattach as it grows out – at the coronet band. We have not had attachment there at all. The hoof wall is growing, but not attaching there at the critical point due to all the necrotic tissue that was trapped there. Our goal is to beat the infection and have healthy tissue that can reattach itself as it grows in.

MAMA TESS TAKES A WALK!

After flushing her foot, I wanted to reward MT.

So, as I went about my chores – cleaning up her condo -, I left the barn gate open. I wanted to see what she would do if I was there and not concerned… yet letting her go.

And, no surprise here, off she hobbled! And exactly at that time, my camera died!

So, I ran up to the house to get more batteries.

By the time I came out, she had made it all the way to the grass!

I gave her 10 minutes total from escaping the barn to hobbling past the tree – until we headed back.

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On her first solo walk, she made it all the way out to the tree!

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Look how far she had gone!!

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I’m overly frightened of her eating any grass so after 10 minutes of slight nibbles as she made her way, I put on her halter and coaxed her back.

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One foot in front of the other… I saw a glimmer of the National Champion mare deep inside her soul.

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She actually tried to ‘park out’ and show off for me. Very sweet.

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Back in the barn, she was thirsty and happy! (It took about 5 minutes to get back.)

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Proud of herself, but tuckered out, the Queen wished for a nap…

I TOOK A VIDEO EACH WAY… no editing… THEY ARE LONG.

I also took videos in both directions.

The videos are long (8 mins and 5 mins respectively).  But, if you let them run while you do something else, you can go back and fast forward to get the idea.

She was shaky and has lost a lot of muscle tone…

BUT SHE DID IT!

Happy Friday to all!!!

Click the image to watch the video of her march outside!  I had gone inside the house to get more batteries for my camera and purposefully left the gate open.  When I reappeared outside, she was already on the grass!

Click the image to watch the video of her march outside! I had gone inside the house to get more batteries for my camera and purposefully left the gate open. When I reappeared outside, she was already on the grass!

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Click image to watch her make her way back to the barn – ever so slowly. She is out of shape, her muscles have atrophied and she was a bit shaky. BUT SHE DID IT!

Donate to Elsa via the Bucket Fund!  We are now raising money to help with her medical expenses!

Donate to Elsa via the Bucket Fund! We are now raising money to help with her medical expenses!




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A BREAKTHROUGH FOR MAMA TESS: We actually ‘broke through’ her hoof to release the infection!


Monday, December 30th, 2013 | Filed under Mama Tess




What a perfect way to start the new year – with hope!

Today, we broke through Mama Tess’ outer hoofwall to release what we hope is the pathway to the last area of infection in her hoof.

This is her outer hoof wall before we started digging.  The arrow indicates where I saw the maggots go inside her hoof.

This is her outer hoof wall before we started digging. The arrow indicates where I saw the maggots go inside her hoof.  There is no hole there, just flaky hoof wall.

THE PROCEDURE.

This afternoon, we three (The Founder Warrior, Mark the Faithful Farrier and I ) were looking at her bare foot and contemplating what to do.

We knew that a new regime of maggots were arriving tomorrow, so we wanted desperately to leave them a clear path to any necrotic tissue.

Previously, TEAM MAGGOT had done a bang-up job in her toe area (you should see the massive, cavernous, honeycombed voids at her toe), but her coronet band abscesses were simply NOT healing…

Why not?  Where was the pocket of necrotic tissue hidden in her outer hoofwall?

We decided to try to dig into that area to see if we could expose any dead tissue – even though the outside of her hoof looked fine.  There was no obvious place to go hunting…

Well, the Founder Warrior took out her very sharp hoof knife and little by little, hoof shave by tiny slice, she carved away as I held the light and Mark coached.

On blind faith and a hunch, The Founder Warrior kept up the delicate surgery…

I even heard her say to herself, “Heck, the old guys never had a surgery table… they just did this stuff in the field.  So can we.  Why not?!”

And finally… EUREKA!  WE FOUND IT!

She did it.

She found it.

Sigh.  :)

We used a catheter to probe the hole as we were carving...

We used a catheter to probe the hole as we were carving…  The hole was not large, but it was definite.

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This is blurry, but it is the Founder Warrior flushing saline into the hole. When we first did this, the water rushed back up at us. After a bit more digging, it flooded through the other way and out her toe hole. A complete path!

THE PATHWAY!

We broke open the path between the outer hoofwall infection/necrotic tissue and the open toe area that had been cleared of infection via Team Maggot.

But it wasn’t easy.

You see, at first when we flushed the hole we had begun carving, the saline water only shot back up at us.

But, after a bit more probing, we went deeper and the saline flush went THROUGH the wound!

Yeehaw!

So, we cleaned out the area as best we could and prepped it for the maggots to eat away all the dead tissue inside this new cavern.

I am hopeful!

This is the hole in her hoof wall that we have prepped for the maggots (they arrive tomorrow).  As you can see, the hole isn't huge, but for a maggot, it is perfect!

This is the hole in her hoof wall that we have prepped for the maggots (they arrive tomorrow). As you can see, the hole isn’t huge, but for a maggot, it is perfect!

THE GOOD NEWS…

The good news is that she is definitely growing hoof from her coronet band because that hole we dug started many weeks ago at her coronet band and has now grown downward.  Yes!

The other bit of good news is that MT seemed to have some pain relief when we flushed the wound.  It was as if we opened a pressure capsule.  Yes!  (Although, to be honest, she wasn’t that ouchy in this area since most of the tissue is necrotic… however, she did walk better once we had finished our work.)

The other bit of good news is that MT’s recent Cushings Test came back in the normal range!  So, the double doses of Prescend am/pm shot directly into her mouth, has done the trick!  In time, we will back her dose downward.  But, for now, we have stopped the cascade.  Phew.

A happy mare... One day at a time.

A happy mare… One day at a time. (Note that she is fully loaded in the front as she comes out of the stall…)

TRIMMED HER BACKS.

We finally felt confident and comfortable enough to again trim her backs.

OMG.

They took off so much sole and toe!  What a relief for her, I’m sure.  I mean, it isn’t as if she does a whole lot of walking around, but I’m sure her back will feel some relief tomorrow from her shorter rear toes/heels.

This is just one chunk of rear toe!  It must have been such a relief for her to finally be able to lop that off!

This is just one chunk of rear toe! It must have been such a relief for her to finally be able to lop that off!

A SHORT TRIP OUTSIDE!

After my teammates left, I opened the gate and wondered if Mama Tess would venture outside…

She did!

MT wouldn’t walk onto the new rock that Hubby had just added in front of the barn.  But, she did step out.

So, I added a bunch of straw over the rock to see if she would walk out further.  Instead, she thought she’d eat it.   I didn’t let her.

Anyway… MT sat in the sun for a bit and talked with Mother Nature.

All was good.

…Yes, we still cannot rule out infection in her bone.  Yes, we still don’t know if she can recover.

But, for today…

I feel hopeful.

She ventured outside... not onto the rocks, but all over the softer parts.

She ventured outside… not onto the rocks, but all over the softer parts.

LAST DAY TO HELP THE DECEMBER BUCKET FUND HORSES:  SHELBY, BETSY ROSE & MOLLIE!

LAST DAYS to help the December Bucket Fund Horses!  Click here to read about them!

LAST DAYS to help the December Bucket Fund Horses! Click here to read about them!

 

 




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