HOW IS MAMA TESS DOING?


Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 | Filed under Mama Tess




I often receive emails asking how MT is doing – really

So, I thought I’d address that today.

HOW IS MAMA TESS?

You know, for a horse who had no chance of recovery, she is doing exceptionally well!

But for a regular horse, she is not sound… however, her lameness doesn’t seem to hold her back.  She is a happy camper most of the time.

Every single day, she is EARS UP!  No matter if she is stiff or sore, it’s EARS UP!   Her attitude keeps me going, I swear.  She never complains and seems to be quite content with the recovery process.

I’m sure she’d rather be totally healed… but she doesn’t fight any of it.  She seems to know that she has to put in her recovery time.

WHY ISN’T SHE BETTER ALREADY?

As far as her foot, there have been a myriad of complications.  Most of which are new territory because there aren’t too many horses who have tried to come back from this type of injury (acute double founder, sinkage, collapse, coffin bone infection).  So, we take each issue one day at a time.

She has had infections and abscesses.  She has had old pockets of necrotic tissue open as the hoof grows (hence the maggots).  She has had bone pain from the surgery – to be expected.  Her good foot has had stresses…

But never has she given up and after every mini battle, she has continued to recover and rally.

WILL SHE RECOVER?

I don’t know.  I hope so.  It feels like she will…

I think her hoof will always be sensitive and an area to watch, but I think it will grow back.

I also think that she will have some sort of lasting issue – whether it be slight pain or a limp or something.  I’m sure there will be a residual something.

I doubt I will ever let her onto a grassy pasture.  She will be on certain medications and supplements for the rest of her life.

The good news is that since most horses don’t survive this, there is a chance that Tess could really help other horses in the future.  At least I could tell other owners what I did that worked and what I tried that didn’t work – for us.

The bad news is that Tess could potentially not recover.  But, at this stage, she has come so much farther than most horses in her condition, I am very hopeful.

A DAY IN THE LIFE…

To illustrate how normal and happy she is, I took photos while I was feeding tonight.

Here we go!    (I posted these in sequence – exactly as I took them.)

*Please note, her foot is very scary looking (linked here) and is presently full of maggots who are eating the remains (or what I hope to be the remains) of the necrotic tissue in there…  I know many of you were upset to see her foot so opened, but you will see in these photos that she is basically pretty happy.   Other than wanting more food from me and wanting to go out and graze, she is fairly contented and acts like her usual, Queenie self.

 

Here she is, on her Theraplate, waiting for me to give her the first round of meds in food.  She is yawning in anticipation.

Here she is, on her Theraplate, waiting for me to give her the first round of meds in food. She is yawning in anticipation.

While I was feeding others, she got off of the Theraplate and decided to go for the hay I had dropped.

While I was feeding others, she got off of the Theraplate and decided to go for the hay I had dropped.  (Knocking over the garbage can that contains all the clean fly masks…)

I saw her going for the opened gate...

I saw her going for the opened gate… I reprimanded her and she pinned her ears at me.

So I jumped in front of her and told her NO!  I needed to feed the others and she needed to stay inside.

I  jumped in front of her and told her NO! I needed to feed the others and she needed to stay inside.

She did not like to hear that...

She did not like to hear that…

I gave into her and said that I had to open the gate inwards in order to open it.  You can see her nose...she's trying to squeeze around the gate.

Finally I opened the gate but it opens inwards. You can see her nose…she’s trying to squeeze around the gate.

She makes her way past me and outside onto her terrace.

She makes her way past me and outside onto her terrace.

Outside!

Outside!

Here she is coyly making her way over to visit Rojo.

Here she is coyly making her way over to visit Rojo.

I put out some of her hay so that she would stay out of my way as I continued to go in and out of her terrace to feed the others.

I put out some of her hay so that she would stay out of my way as I continued to go in and out of her terrace to feed the others.

While feeding, I noticed that she has made her way to the open area in the panels...

While feeding, I noticed that she had made her way to the open area in the panels…

Uh huh... putting her nose in the open part... maybe she can nudge it open...

Uh huh… putting her nose in the open part… maybe she can nudge it open…

When that doesn't work, she heads back inside.

When that doesn’t work, she heads back inside.

More snatching of the hay...

More snatching of the hay…

There is no hay so she gets back on the Theraplate (I swept the Theraplate this morning... you can see how often she gets on and off and on and off all day long.  She loves it! - however, I only turn it on when I'm there.)

There is no hay so she gets back on the Theraplate (I swept the Theraplate this morning… you can see how often she gets on and off and on and off all day long. She loves it! – however, I only turn it on when I’m there.)

Now off the Theraplate - again - to see what else she can find...

Now off the Theraplate – again – to see what else she can find…

Upset that she cannot get any more special food out of me, she knocks over the garbage can again.

Upset that she cannot get any more special food out of me, she knocks over the garbage can again.

Then, as she approaches the Theraplate again, she looks back to see if I've hung her hay yet.

Then, as she approaches the Theraplate again, she looks back to see if I’ve hung her hay yet.

I hadn't so she gets back on the Theraplate and gives me the evil ear pin!

I hadn’t so she gets back on the Theraplate and gives me the evil ear pin!

She gets back down off of the Theraplate and scrounges for some hay pieces I had just dropped.

She gets back down off of the Theraplate and scrounges for some hay pieces I had just dropped.

Back outside... I decide to take off her flymask.

Back outside… I decide to take off her flymask.

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She tries to make a break for it again.

She tries to make a break for it again.

I shut the panels and she acts like it doesn't matter... but it does.  She is feeling better and wants to go out!

I shut the panels and she acts like it doesn’t matter… but it does. She is feeling better and wants to go out!

She looks longingly at the hay barn.

She looks longingly at the hay barn.

She watches me prepare the hay for tomorrow.

She watches me prepare the hay for tomorrow.

I took this from inside the hay barn.

I took this from inside the hay barn.

I was looking up at her and she was looking down at me..

I was looking up at her and she was looking down at me..

I told her it was time for me to go inside...

I told her it was time for me to go inside…

She says, "Hey Human, I may totally ignore you and pin my ears and demand stuff from you... but I don't like it when you leave."

She says, “Hey Human, I may totally ignore you and pin my ears and demand stuff from you… but I don’t like it when you leave.”

 

 


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