MAMA TESS UPDATE! THE FOUNDER WARRIOR WAS HERE TODAY.


Thursday, July 17th, 2014 | Filed under Mama Tess




The Founder Warrior was here today and we were both so busy, I only remembered to take 1 photo.  Sheesh.  Here it is… it is the right foot, the good one.  As you can see, she has an abscess draining.  But, the sole looks pretty good otherwise.

Tess' good foot now has an abscess draining.  It could be from constant weight or it could be from a number of other issues.  But, she seems to be OK with it - thank you Theraplate!
Tess’ good foot now has an abscess draining. It could be from constant weight or it could be from a number of other issues. But, she seems to be OK with it – thank you Theraplate!

SO, I’LL WRITE AND TELL YOU WHAT HAPPENED…

As always, the FW was amazed that MT is doing as well as she is doing given the extent of the damage done to her feet via the founder and not recognizing the cause until very late in the game.  (The first Cushings test came back negative, so we tried everything else… after all that, we took a second test and it came back ‘off the charts’.)

Today, we cut away another large hunk of her toe to expose the last of the outgrowth from her coffin bone surgery and subsequent surgeries to clean out more infected and necrotic tissue.  As you might remember, she had a hole through her hoof in February.  That hole was now down at her toe.

This was her left foot in early February.  That hole goes straight through.  You are looking at towel on the back side of that hole... Now the top of this hole is down at her toe.  This was what we excavated today.  We cut off that toe so we could expose the last of the mess in there.

This was her left foot in early February. That hole goes straight through. You are looking at towel on the back side of that hole… Now the top of this hole is down at her toe. This was what we excavated today. We cut off that toe so we could expose the last of the mess in there.

However, as the foot healed, it trapped necrotic tissue in pockets.  So, as the areas grow down, we are able to cut away the tissue and expose the necrotic tissue (or cut it out) so it can drain or be expelled on its own.

So, that’s what we did today.  Except I didn’t get any photos…

This photo was taken in June and is a good depiction of what I mean when I say the foot heals and grows down and traps the necrotic tissue into pockets that have healed over.  Even though it looks like it is healing - and it is - it is also healing over bad stuff that we were not able to see or remove during surgery.

This photo was taken in June and is a good depiction of what I mean when I say the foot healed and grew down (no more hole) and trapped the necrotic tissue into pockets that have healed over. Even though it looks like it is healing – and it is – it has also healed over bad stuff that we were not able to see or remove during surgery.

THE FW DID NOT BELIEVE ME WHEN I SAID THAT MT HAD BEEN EXPLORING THE PROPERTY.

This week, I hadthe grand idea to open MT’s gate and let her GO!  Of course, she could not go fast, but she did go.

She went up to Finn’s pasture and over to the pony pasture – all in the hopes of scoring some better tasting food.  Daily.  Often.

To my surprise (although I shouldn’t be surprised), Tess knew when she had had enough and she would come back to Home Base and take a nap.  Then… she’d be out again, exploring.  When it became dusk, she’d make her way back to beddy-bie.  I never had to go search for her in the dark.  She was always in her Chateau by nightfall.

Smart girl.

Here she is up at Finn's pasture...

Here she is up at Finn’s pasture…

WHEN WE WERE DONE TODAY…

We did all four feet, which was great.  I’m sure having the rears done consistently now is a relief for MT’s back…  We also were able to trim up her left foot to be able to have her wear her Soft Ride on that hoof again!  Yay!

Anyway, when we were done, I untied Tess as the FW and I were finishing up our conversation.

MT practically pushed the FW out of the way as she plowed out of the barn to snag some snacks up the hill.

The FW was ASTOUNDED.  She could not believe her eyes!

“That horse has unbelievable heart!  She is amazing!”

The FW could not believe that Tess was marching along like she was…

Yup.

MT practically pushed the FW out of the way as she plowed outside to get any morsel possible.  She had worked hard, after all...

MT practically pushed the FW out of the way as she plowed outside to get any morsel possible. She had worked hard, after all…

I WENT TO GET HAY…

I left MT out to explore and recover from her morning of trimming while I took the truck to go get some more awful hay for the poor Queen.  (She hates the low-calorie hay.)

When I returned, MT was on the truck like bees to honey.  She would not move away as I tried to back into the barn.   She stood her ground.

I could not get her away from the truck!  She stood her ground.

I could not get her away from the truck! She stood her ground.

I had to lock her up.

(Pause to honor the huge pouting session that followed.)

Although MT refused to eat anything while she was locked in the dreadfully small first stall that is only used as a bathroom, for heaven’s sake…  I kicked the bales off of the truck and dragged and flipped them into the hay barn.

Here she is, pouting because I locked her in the potty stall.

Here she is, pouting because I locked her in the potty stall.

Then I let Ms. Hissyfit out.

She proceeded to clean up all the waste I had created by dragging/flipping/tossing/beating her bales into the haybarn.

Then she walked up the hill to see what the other horses had that she could steal…

Atta Girl!

Finally.  She marches out of the stall.

Finally. She marches out of the stall.  Bad foot first.

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Then the other foot.

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She stopped to clean up her flooring.

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Then it was time to go back outside and meander until dark! Atta girl!



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3 comments have been posted...

  1. Pam Hunter

    Man, I hadnt been reading up on my blog list lately. What you have gone through with your mare! Wow. I just started a long lay up with my mare, that hopefully she will come out of. in May the vet diagnosed her with a broken pelvis. She has to be locked up in the pen for the next 6-12 months. Kinda makes me feel guilty feeling so bad about myself and my horse when I read up on what you are going through!! Kudos!!!

  2. Vicki Wisher

    MT has such incredible heart, courage and sheer will that this horrible problem she’s continuing to battle will not beat her. What an amazing girl — truly special!

  3. Kathy

    This is such good news! She has come so far. I know it’s been a horribly rocky road for you, not to mention expensive, but she is a remarkable and inspiring horse.

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