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Sometimes, no matter how careful you are… they still hurt themselves. Bodhi’s mishap today.






I let Bodhi out of his pasture to mow our lawns and entertain himself every other day…

Bodhi has a very nice pasture, but I think he needs the time to exercise his mind and change his view.  And, he uses it well.  He eats, he visits and if I leave him out too long, he will get into trouble.

I know this.

Usually, he flips over all the Rubbermaid trash bins.  Or, he’ll topple the wood pile.  Nothing serious – just messy stuff and work for me.

So, he gets 4-5 hours, tops.

Well, last night, I was really tired and feeling like I was getting the flu – and I forgot about him.  He was out from 4pm until this morning when I fed.

Although I was surprised to see him out this morning… I wasn’t worried.  Aladdin had 24/7 free roam for years.

I thought nothing of it.

I haltered him and we walked back to his pasture.

As I unhooked his halter, so he could munch his breakfast in peace, I walked around his far side to close the gate.

That’s when I saw it.

OMG.

It wasn’t a puncture and none of his organs were showing, but it was a mean slice…

I ran inside, called the vet and counted my blessings.  I knew it was going to be a big bill, but at least it was survivable for the both of us.

Ugh.

Ugh.  It looked to me like a wire fence cut – but the only wire we have is right here, between Bodhi and the ponies.  And it was fine.  No poking wires, no hair, no blood.  Since he was out of his pasture all night, it had to be something else.

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I have no idea how he did this. I cannot find the offending thing.

VET

My regular vet sent out the new vet in his practice.

I was a bit peeved since the old vet is really, really good at suturing up wounds – he did a great job with Wrigley both times.

But, OK…

And she did fine.

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The wound had some scabbing so she thought he had done in early in the evening last night. The wound was a clean cut. Nothing else was in there. Note the secondary cut on top. That makes me think it was a wire fence – but we have very little wire here and I couldn’t find any broken pieces.

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Her headlamp was very bright.

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She put in a drain so that the wound wouldn’t swell and break his internal or external stitches.

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Sewing the middle layer.

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Prepped to put in the final row of outer stitches.

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Done!

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A lucky, sleepy boy.  Tess will have a roomie tonight.

OFFENDING THING?

Although Bodhi was out last night, the only wire is in his pasture.  Hubby and I have scoured Bodhi’s fenceline and we have no idea where he did this.

There was no foreign anything in the wound.  So, I’m thinking it was a clean, sharp thing.

But, nothing around here has hair or any signs of a blood tussle.

It makes me a little crazy…

But, as they say, no matter how careful you may be, it can still happen.

I remembered this photo from a Phoblog - it seemed perfect for how I feel right now.

I remembered this photo from a Phoblog – it seemed perfect for how I feel right now.

CAVEAT

Previously, I wrote about Wrigley and his open wound mishaps (2 puncture wounds- several months apart) that happened in his large pasture.

When I wrote about Wrigley, I had hoped readers might learn something from what I went through and maybe relate.

And, most of you did…

However, I did get several emails telling me that my place wasn’t safe and that I am a lousy horsekeeper.

All I can say is that I have 12 horses here, and other than Tess, most of my horses have never had any meet-n-greets with the vet other than routine work or dentals.  In fact, my local vets hardly know anything about me because so much time passes between visits.

Anyone is welcomed to my place at anytime – within reason…  ;).

I do my best to take excellent care of them all.  However, sometimes, stuff happens…

…even when you do your best.

 

Let's help her.

Let’s help her.


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MAMA TESS UPDATE AND OUR PLAN MOVING FORWARD.






The Founder Warrior came today – bless her…

She was just at that big convention in Nashville that everyone else who is into horse feet – went to.

I missed her while she was gone (she kept in contact via email) and again was amazed that she was willing to make the 5 hour roundtrip to see our girl so soon after returning to her home from across the country.

She was feeling good today!

She was feeling good today!

FOUNDER WARRIOR WAS PLEASED WITH TESS!

There is no question that Tess is very lame and there is still the paralyzing notion that she may have a fatal coffin bone infection.

But…

Today, the FW felt that Tess was moving around much more then previously and seemed considerably bright.

(I didn’t tell her that I broke down two days ago and called upon every horsegod in the vicinity to help us…)

The FW thought Tess’ coat looked great and her weight was good… other than the fact that she was horribly foundered and lame, the mare looked very perky and healthy!

The FW was amazed at how bright she was - considering...

The FW was amazed at how bright she was – considering… (Note the several small, cushioned mats… I use them constantly.  Easy to move and perfect for placing under sore feet.  You can get them at Bed Bath and Beyond)

CORONET BAND

I might have mentioned earlier that Tess’ coronet band is our fear area.  We know she has necrotic tissue under there and we know the new hoof is not attaching properly because of it.  The hoof wall has to connect to the lamina or she will never be sound.  We fear the infection here is what threatens her coffin bone.

Because her circulation is compromised – and the bones of the feet are so far away from the heart anyway – it is almost impossible to heal a coffin bone infection without surgery.  And, I am told that Tess is not a candidate for surgery due to her age and compromised condition.

That is why we sent in the maggots.  To go after the necrotic tissue and try to stop the infection from migrating to the coffin bone.

But, the maggots have not been able to get in under the coronet band, until the very last application.  The wall and coronet band opened up just enough to let the little buggers in…  I’d see them crawl up her hoof wall and disappear into a miniscule crack in her outer hoof.  Kinda creepy and cool at the same time.

Her coronet band and  hoof wall softened up enough so the maggots could finally get in to the miniscule cracks and do their work!

Her coronet band and hoof wall softened up enough so the maggots could finally get in to the miniscule cracks and do their work!

The maggots around her coronet band looked like a tiny, Hazmat suited crew of white cleanup men…

Anyway, today, when the FW looked at Tess’ coronet band she said, “I cannot believe how this mare holds onto that coronet band.  If anyone were to look at this, they would not believe that it hasn’t ruptured or separated.  I mean, LOOK AT IT!  But, it is still together, God bless her.  She is fighting to keep her hoof together!  Let’s just hope the next round of maggots cleans it all up for us and she heals.”

(I didn’t tell her that Tess was incredibly sore the last few days and that I got on my knees and held onto her hoof and begged Horsegod to heal her…)

She had to trim the right foot on the outside because Tess wouldn't hold up her foot long enough to use the nippers.  It worked fine!

She had to trim the right foot on the outside because Tess wouldn’t hold up her foot long enough to use the nippers. It worked fine!

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She was able to get the wall trimmed up enough that a rasp could finish it off – instead of making her hold up her right hoof and bearing weight on her bad foot.

TRIM AND XRAYS

MT was a very good girl for her trim and Xrays, considering.

According to her Xrays, she had once again grown huge amounts of sole (Thank you, Theraplate).  Her right foot is growing back perfectly!  The rotation has abated and all the new tissue is attached.  Phew.  Total success on that foot.

However, on the left foot (the bad one), it was clear that the new wall had not attached.

All that the FW could do was trim off more of the dead area and hope that the last batch of maggots arriving tomorrow will finish the clean up.

The news which I am holding as GOOD NEWS – so far – is that the Xray does not confirm or deny bone infection.  It isn’t clear one way or the other.

So, I’m going with no infection and pushing forward.

This is the right foot.  The good foot.  It is healing perfectly and the new tissue is adhering to the lamina as it should.  She is growing huge sole!  Thank you, Theraplate!

This is the right foot. The good foot. It is healing perfectly and the new tissue is adhering to the lamina as it should.  She is growing huge sole! Thank you, Theraplate!

This is the left foot.  It is growing lots of sole - but the wall is not adhering to the lamina - yet.  Too much damage and necrotic tissue.  More maggots on the way.  And, perhaps revolutionary stem cell treatment for this hoof...

This is the left foot (she is not bearing weight – which is why her pastern is at an angle, she is pulling back). It is growing lots of sole – but the wall is not adhering to the lamina – yet. Too much damage and necrotic tissue. More maggots on the way. And, perhaps revolutionary stem cell treatment for this hoof…

We had a tough time getting  her to point her toe for this one... but this is the uncertain view.  We cannot confirm or deny a coffin bone infection. I am choosing to believe we have no infection.

We had a tough time getting her to point her toe for this one… this is the uncertain view. We cannot confirm or deny a coffin bone infection. I am choosing to believe we have no infection.

POTENTIAL TEST GROUP PROTOCOL – moving forward

While at the seminar the FW recently attended, Chip from Theraplate, told Tess’ story to certain attendees at the convention.

One vet in the group spent an hour poring over all of Tess’ past Xrays.

He graciously decided to offer us the ability to procure the medicine and technology being used in a new (closed) Founder study.  It involves stem cells harvested from fat cells.  Those stem cells are profused into the limb.  It helps with bone regeneration… along with a drug that inhibits bone degeneration.

All of this helps with circulation which is the goal – to get enough circulation down there to help her white cells get rid of the infection.

We’ll see… the procedure has to be done in a hospital setting.  We also need to figure out which of the two labs in the US (are there more?) would be able to harvest her fat cells into stem cells.  And, we have to make sure she could handle the transportation back to the equine hospital.

The Founder Warrior has already offered her services for free – just to be involved with something so new and experimental.  Maybe the vet hospital will also offer their services for the same education.  I will work on that when we have all of our ducks in a row.

For now, our girl is good.  She is good.

This is the huge, cavernous hole at her toe that the maggots cleaned out of necrotic tissue... Amazing.  Huge.  Scary.  But, clean.

This is the huge, cavernous hole at her toe that the maggots cleaned out of necrotic tissue… Amazing. Huge. Scary. But, clean. (I couldn’t get a clear shot.)

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Here is a view where you can see the hole at her toe in relation to her sole. Finally, we can see the frog! Thank you, Founder Warrior!

I CAN CHOOSE TO BELIEVE WHATEVER GETS ME THROUGH THE DAYS…

A wise person once told me that when an outcome is not clear, you can choose what to believe until you know the outcome.  You can choose to believe the worst, or you can choose to believe the best…

And as I finish writing this, I picture the barn in my head… it is filled with spirits of all kinds… people I have loved, animals I have loved, spirits I don’t know and beings I feel are benevolent… all hanging out in the barn.  Taking turns working on Tess… some are casually talking to each other, some are flying about, some are floating and playing… all the while, Tess absorbs the energy sent her way.

I picture myself going into the barn and all the entities simply carry on… as if I wasn’t there.  Chatting, playing, healing, loving… being.

That is how I will picture the barn from now on – until they are no longer needed to engulf her in their cushiony arms.

I called in my chips.  And, I’m praying they all listened and are gracefully doing what they are there to do.

Heal her.

Phew!  Mama Tess was tired after all of that... time for a girl to nap!

Phew! Mama Tess was tired after all of that… time for a girl to nap!

 

Mollie is newly rescued at the same wonderful facility (BHFER) as Betsy Rose.  She is far from safe but she is up!  Click image to go to the Bucket Fund!

DECEMBER BUCKET FUND:  Mollie is newly rescued at the same wonderful facility (BHFER) as Betsy Rose. She is far from safe but she is up! Click image to go to the Bucket Fund!

Betsy Rose, starved in her own pasture, is coming along nicely but she has quite a ways to go...

DECEMBER BUCKET FUND: Betsy Rose, starved in her own pasture, is coming along nicely but she has quite a ways to go…

DECEMBER BUCKET FUND!  CLICK IMAGE!  Look at this sweet, old pony who was dumped by his family after working for many years... Abandoned and starved after giving his entire life.

DECEMBER BUCKET FUND! CLICK IMAGE! Look at this sweet, old pony who was dumped by his family after working for many years… Abandoned and starved after giving his entire life.


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