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Updates from the injured: Wrigley and Princess Llama Llama Llama.


Thursday, March 14th, 2013 | Filed under Medical




Wow.

What a day…

(In case you missed the events of yesterday, click here.)

Very bad.

Today, I am emotionally exhausted.

I have spent the entire day policing all of the animals with uber vigilance.  I hovered a lot.

…talk about a helicopter owner…

Knowing I have a bad dog is frightening.  Knowing that the bad dog used to be the good dog – makes me not sure of anything.

PLLL and Bodhi today - back to normal, sort of.

PLLL and Bodhi today – back to normal, sort of.

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PLLL was back to her old self – mostly – today.  She slept more than usual, but she also did all of her usual stuff.

My wooly patient ate leaves and hay and grain.  She seemed to manipulate her lip fairly well, considering…  She wasn’t upset with me anymore.  I sat with her for a few minutes several times today.  Each time, she sat there with me and ate what I offered.  Rose bush leaves, mostly.  She loves those.

She ate what I offered.  The lip is moving fairly well.

She ate what I offered. The lip is moving fairly well.  And yes, her wool is messy today.  For sure.  She hasn’t been into grooming…

FLIES

Ugh.  I did, however, notice that the flies were back.  Perfect timing.

Not.

I  had no idea how to keep them off of her lip and the thought of nasty flies on her stitches made me feel queasy.  Yuk.

Why not just use fly spray?  Because she would spit at me and probably never let me touch her again.  Fly spray would be the last insult.  She hates sprays and fragrances.

I thought about spreading THE BALM on her face but she is still really hairy and I thought it would be too clumpy and then maybe runny when it melted.

What to do…. what to do…

I had a bright idea to weaving one of those fly tags into her wool.  But how?

Hmmmm.

Maybe I could clip it into her hair.  But the tag has to sit with the metal side down and I wasn’t sure I could get it to stay ‘just so’.

Then I saw my FLY ARMOR brow band.  Hmmmmm.

I filled one side with the fly repellant strip (I thought both sides might be too strong for her … ) and then put one end of the velcro around a plastic ring and then I put a hairclip on the ring.

Hmmmmm.

I thought I could hang it on her neck wool like a hair extension – or something.

My friend, Leslie, happened to be over at the time so we went up to experiment with PLLL and the fly ointment brow band hair extension together.

I approached PLLL with my contraption.  She looked at me quizzically…

“What are you going to do with that?”

And before I could answer her, I had it clipped to her neck!

It hung there rather unceremoniously.

Hmmmm.

I looked at Leslie and started to say how I wonder if the velcro on the other side would just stick to her… as my hand was springing into action.

Whap!  I buried the other bare velcro end into her wool.

Geeeeshcrrrrrz.  It stuck!

Now PLLL was wearing a lopsided FLY Armor brow band as a necklace!

And, the flies disappeared from her lip and face.

Mission accomplished!

PLLL with her new necklace.

PLLL with her new necklace.  You can see her lip is swollen.

A close up view of the necklace... It is a Fly Armor browband.

A close up view of the necklace… It is a Fly Armor browband.

No flies.

Only one fly left!  And none on her lip!

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?…

I’m going to have Shiva checked out for senility.  It just isn’t like him to do this…

He is going to have to wear a muzzle when he is outside.  He is going to have to be locked in a stall when we are not here.

I’m also wondering if I should get an escape proof kennel…

I don’t trust wire fencing to keep him out of her pasture – and I don’t trust him.

My friend, Fran, said she would house PLLL temporarily, once her lip heals and she can be moved comfortably.  Fran lives just a few minutes away.

This saddens me.

Not that Fran wouldn’t be a fabulous home…she would!

It is just that I know PLLL loves her paddock and I know Bodhi loves her.

And I love having her here…

But, I do not want PLLL to ever have to be terrified like that again.

Do I move her?  Do I kennel him?  I am still debating the best solution.

All I know is that this can never happen again.

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PLLL looking rather shaggy and unkempt. She didn’t feel much like grooming herself today. (They walk through the branches to remove debris from their coat.)

UPDATE ON WRIGLEY

As you may remember, just last week, Wrigley impaled his neck on the gate – I think – when he was horsing around.  Go figure.

Just in case it was the gate, I got a new one.  It was on sale and the right color.  Bonus!

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The gate looks just right!

His wound was very deep.   The vet could stick his entire finger into the hole.  Ugh.

Anyway, Wrig had many stitches inside and outside.

I slathered THE BALM on it every day and gave him his antibiotics as prescribed.

Today, his accident looked like this:

Much better.

Much better… except for the clumpy shedding, he is doing very well!




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I’ve spoken about Gelding Clinics previously.

I just think Gelding Cinics are really good programs… it doesn’t really matter the reason someone might need to take their colt or stallion to a ‘clinic’ – it only matters that the care is good and that the horse is gelded properly.

There are too many homeless horses, as we know…  Why make more?  Especially if by accident.

Better to provide safe, low cost gelding clinics.

National Equine Resources Network partners with Rescues and Veterinarians to provide these safe, ethical and very successful gelding clinics.

NATIONAL EQUINE RESOURCES NETWORK

The National Equine Resources Network (NERN) has formulated a great model for Gelding Clinics.  Up and down the West Coat there are hundreds of new geldings, thanks to NERN and its partners.

There is a huge need…  These clinics book up.  Fast.

I’m guessing there might be a need in your area?

NERN FACILITATING GELDING CLINICS ACROSS THE US.

I wanted to let all of you know that NERN has the template for others to embark on this journey –  gelding as many horses in need as possible – across the country.

NERN website linked here:  http://www.nationalequine.org/.  PLEASE contact them if you are interested in facilitating clinics in your area

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Please forward to whomever you think could use this information…

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