Many of you ask me what I do on a daily basis to take care of Mama Tess and her chronic feet issues from her extreme founder (rotation, sinkage, coffin bone infections…).
Well, to be honest, I don’t have a set protocol. I play it by ear, so to speak.
Oh sure, I have my ‘regulars’ like: no sugar, very low carbs, her meds… and then I supplement the rest according to how she is feeling – or according to whatever ailment might strike.
You see, recovering from unrecoverable founder is a very unpredictable road. Tess now has so much damage to the tissues inside of her feet, her blood flow and regrowth abilities have been compromised in ways that create other issues. Since she hasn’t given up, the plan is to keep on keeping on until we have sufficient recovery to grow a healthy hoof. Every day is a new (and different) day.
Actually, if I write the book, the motto will be, “Always wait 48 hours”. Of all the scary days – and there have been many over the last 20 months – 2 days later, she has pulled through. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve almost lost hope. I cannot tell you how often I’ve thought that I had failed her or that this journey was hopeless – only to find her up and about like a Champ just a day later.
I always feel silly afterwards… my horse has more inner strength, faith and knowledge than I do.
HOW DO YOU DO IT, DAY AFTER DAY?
So, my personal motto is, “Faith. This odyssey is beyond my comprehension so just go with it.”
And that is what I do… with veterinarian and Founder Warrior help, of course! But most days, it is just me and my mare. When I’m down in the barn, attending to her feet or assessing how she is feeling, I simply clear my head of FEAR and try to listen to my inner self to figure out what to do each day.
Usually, it is simple common sense with a dash of HorseGod intuition, I think. If you do something every day, it becomes second nature. You notice little things much more loudly. It all becomes easier in the medicinal sense. And, if you are able to calm the emotional side of yourself, each day is a learning gift.
I actually do feel like I could write a guidebook on all the simple, little things I’ve learned that make it so much easier. And my goal, if and when she grows a healthy hoof, is to write the guidebook.
‘Mama Tess’ Guidebook to Unsurvivable Founder.’
Yup. I promised her that. If she makes herself better, I will write the book to help other horses and horse owners.
A DAY IN THE LIFE… in pictures
Most days are pretty uneventful.
Usually, it starts with breakfast on the Theraplate. But, since MT is recovering from a Bladder infection, she hasn’t wanted to be on the Theraplate… So, I have let her slide this month.
SHE DOES ALL OF THAT… WITH FEET THAT LOOK LIKE THIS. Healing in Progress.
If you just saw her feet – their shape and condition change weekly – … and didn’t see how well she moves and how happily she greets each day, you wouldn’t believe it.