Today is a day of celebration!
I’ve learned to celebrate every step forward since the steps back are hard to take – anyone who has been through founder convalescence knows what I mean…
For the last three days, Tess has been brewing an abscess in her foot. It has been miserable for the both of us. I had to keep telling myself that we’ve been through this before.
Last night, when I went to visit her at 10pm, she was laying down, flat out. I prayed to HorseGods and also got a little angry and tearful. I laid my hands on her hooves and asked that Mother Nature work through me.
I felt silly… but it was all I could think of to do.
When I got to the house, I thought I heard myself tell myself that the abscess had burst and that she would be better in the morning…
That was weird, I said to myself.
I went to bed with a heavy heart.
This morning, I walked down to the barn with trepidation. When I got to where I could see in, there was Gwen – peering over her stall.
But, I didn’t see Tess’ head.
“Crap. She was down, still…’ , I moaned to myself.
As I got closer, my eyes were telling my brain that there was a horse standing on the Theraplate, but I could not register that outlandish possibility.
How could there possibly be a horse on the Theraplate?
And then I saw her.
It was MT.
She was standing on the Theraplate, scrounging for hay, waiting for a full bucket and nickering at me.
I could not believe my eyes!
I ran to her and praised her, “Ohhhhh Mama, you look sooooo goooood this morning!”
Tess: Nicker Nicker… where is my food?
Me: Let me look at your feet! Where did it pop?
Tess: WHERE IS MY FOOD?!
Me: Lemme seeeeeee!!!
Tess: GIMME MY FOOD OR I’LL GET OFF OF THIS THING!
So, I mixed up her bucket and joyfully put it on her stepladder.
She ate it and stood on the Theraplate for 20 minutes.
Tess is not healed and she is not 100% by any means. She is still in pain and has a long way to go. But, today was a victory and I’m rejuvenated.
So is she, it seems!
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