In case any of you missed it, MT’s feet were a bit traumatized last week by her refusing to load when it was time to come home.
You can read about that here.
Mama Tess was a show horse for many years. She knows how to load and has loaded easily her entire life… until she foundered. Now, she doesn’t like to travel in a horse trailer… and I don’t blame her. It must hurt.
Anyway, the Vets, Techs and Bystanders did everything we could think of to keep her from hurting her feet or rearing – and because we couldn’t use the regular tricks, she just wouldn’t go. And we couldn’t make her.
It took 5 hours over two days, three different trailers and 5 vets/techs… until finally, she decided she was ready and hopped into the trailer. The original trailer we started with 2 days previous – mine.
Anyway, I’m sure all of that time spent standing, fighting, rearing and stressing was traumatic to her very sensitive feet.
OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS…
The next day, I noticed abscesses in BOTH of her front feet.
On the left, it was at the coronet band, on the right was through her hoof wall at the toe.
At her toe on the left was some blood and bruising – which is a good sign that there is blood there, but bad in the big picture.
I was heartbroken and she was sore.
I did everything I knew to do for abscesses and did my best to keep her comfortable.
But this little thing, two abscesses, didn’t seem to faze her. It didn’t stop her…
SHE DIDN’T LET IT STOP HER…
I cannot tell you how amazed I am, daily, by this girl.
Here she had draining abscesses in both front feet, yet she insisted upon walking (slowly and carefully) around the ranch.
I swear… she doesn’t let it phase her.
THE FIRST NIGHT…
The first night she was home, as both abscesses were building, MT walked up to Finn’s pasture to steal his hay.
The second night (she likes to travel when it is cool…) MT strolled up to Finn’s pasture and stayed there.
At nightfall, I always go out to tuck her in and shut her gate. On this night, I walked into the barn and found no horse.
She NEVER does this. She has never, ever not been in her bed at nightfall.
So, I climbed up to Finn’s pasture and there she was, standing there looking at me. (Again, I didn’t have my camera.)
I tried to pull her to get her to come with me back to the barn but she refused. So, I said, “Suit yourself however it will be difficult to see the ground in about 15 minutes… ” and I left.
Fifteen minutes later, I ventured out to the barn and she was inside, in bed.
THE THIRD NIGHT…
The third night, when I went to tuck her in, she was gone again!
I found her up by Finn’s pasture.
As before, I tugged on her and she indicated that she was going to stay put.
I figured she’d be in the barn in 15 minutes if I left. So, I did.
Upon my return in the total darkness, she was not in the barn.
Me: Mamaaaaaa, it is dark! Now you’ve done it. How are you going to get back?!
MT: Don’t worry. I’m a grown horse. I can take care of myself in the dark. I’ve done it for years.
Me: But you cannot see as well as before. And it is downhill… and you are sore!
MT: Just please let me be a horse. It feels so much better when I’m outside, in nature. And it is too hot during the days so just please let me be outside now.
Me: But I’m frightened for you.
MT: I’m not. Just relax. You can stay out here with me if you want…
Me (running to get every spot light and flashlight available): OK but I’ll light the way for you.
And I did. I set up every battery powered light source I had available to illuminate her path back to the barn.
She probably didn’t need it – but I did.
Oh, and surprise surprise, when I checked on her a few hours later, she was in the barn. The cats had knocked over all of my flashlights.
THE NEXT DAY AND NIGHT…
Her abscess on the right dried up, but she was still tender on it. The abscess on the left was still draining.
Very unusually, we had mild weather this week. So, I opened Tess’ gate during the day. As you can see by the photos, she decided to stroll over to the pony pasture – across the rock driveway.
The girl had two sore feet and a draining abscess, yet she went ahead and visited the ponies!
After I tended to her feet and rewrapped them, she took off again. This time back up to Finn’s pasture to steal hay that I had dropped while feeding.
And, that night, when I went out to tuck her in, again, I couldn’t find her… Immediately I marched up to Finn’s pasture focusing my headlamp, but she wasn’t there.
I walked over to the pony pasture and they told me that she wasn’t there either. But… they knew where she was.
As the ponies gathered near the fence along the driveway, I saw her eyes glint in my headlamp.
She was traveling back up the driveway, towards me.
Wow! MT was willing to go all the way down the driveway and all the way back up – looking for hay shreds.
MT (squinting in the light): Hey, get that thing out of my eyes! What?
Me: You went so far!
MT: Yup. It is easy to go far if you go slowly…
Me: You are amazing.
MT: No, I’m just a horse who has access to outside… and I’m gonna use it!
Today, she is the same… touring and eating.
When I wrapped her feet, I noted that she is still abscessing on her left and the bottom of that foot looks different to me – almost like there is a spot of canker developing.
And then it struck me – she had canker long ago (the reason I started this blog) and her coronet bands bled.
The vet said she was abscessing, but as soon as we applied the Purple Mush, the abscessing at her coronet band stopped.
The vets also told me that the canker was beyond control and would kill her. But instead, the Purple Mush made the canker go away.
(You can read about equine canker, Tess and the Purple Mush here.)
So… today, on a lark, I applied some Purple Mush to both of her feet. I wrapped them up.
…The hardest part of this theory is the waiting. With Purple Mush, you must leave it on for 3 days before unwrapping and viewing the results.
I will wait.
It would be very interesting if my theory works here…
But I’m not worried about her. MT just rolls with it and doesn’t let anything stop her.
She is an amazing girl!
–NEW! From MT’s artist friend in the UK… this is an incredible green agate pendant surrounded by eco-tin and copper. Handmade. The piece itself is 3.5″ long with a 32″ chain. Wow! Very special…
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