MAMA TESS is very sick, as we all know… so, the updates are spread out because not much happens on a daily basis…  Growing out her hooves and keeping her healthy isn’t all that exciting – except to me.

For example, If she puts her feet in front of each other as she walks, I am DELIGHTED!

If she turns by putting one foot over the other, I’m OVER THE MOON!

When she meets me at the gate with bright eyes and a smile, MY DAY IS MADE!

Again, it will be a miracle if she becomes totally sound after this battle with founder.  But, she is trying.  She fights every day.

She is not moping around or waiting to die.

In fact, she’s waiting to go O-U-T-S-I-D-E!!!  (She cannot understand why I don’t let her O-U-T!)

Here is a photolog of MT today, plus a short video.

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Tentatively deciding to emerge from her bedstall.

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It looks safe…

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She likes a ‘shavings ramp’ so her first step is softer landing.

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So far so good… checking for food…

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Annoyed with Gwen, MT shows her who is Boss!

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Out of the stall and scrounging for hay… she is still very dappled and healthy on the inside.

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EquiSpa sent a care package for MT! (I need these products because I am not as good of a groomer as all of the dedicated assistants at the hospital where Tess looked gawjus every single day!)… LOVE HER STUFF!

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AFTER using the products … look at her now! All groomed.

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Now she makes her way up the aisle to chat with Sam. Gwen is looking at her Mom enviously from her stall.

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I have Tess in equine slippers with flat pads. She seems to like the relief. MT did not like the Soft Ride Boots at this juncture although they did help her previously. I think with her loose walls, the Soft Ride Boots were too heavy.


You will see that she is moving but still very sore.  This was in the morning, before I had applied the slippers.  She does well without the slippers, but I think the slippers make her more comfortable on the hard aisle floor.

Click to watch the video of Tess walking a little...

Click to watch the video of Tess walking a little…


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2 comments have been posted...

  1. Shanna Simmons

    She looks great. I am hoping and praying for a speedy recovery. I have a 2 year old that has been sick since the middle of July and it is hard to watch them suffer knowing that it will take time to heal.

  2. Todd Segal

    Hi, I’ve been following your blog for a while on facebook. I run a horse farm in Massachusetts. I have a lot of experience with founder horses. This by all means does not mean I can cure all of them, but I have been able to turn around some pretty bad cases. I would be glad to talk to you if you would like. Let me know.

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