I felt inspired today by something rather frivolous. A Facebook Frolick. And, because it is frivolous, I decided to start the blog with something serious.
I read on NEW BEGINNINGS ANIMAL REFUGE’S website that they just took in a poor colt who got his leg caught in a trailer which de-gloved it. Owwww. His name is Cowboy and he is only 19 months old.
The reason this spiked my interest, besides the fact that every sad horse story spikes my interest, is because it has happened to one of my horses as well. That horrible de-gloving drama engulfed my two-week old filly, Ava. I wrote about it in my blog a while back. (It has a good ending.) You can read it here, if you’d like. To summarize, I had very wonderful vets taking care of my baby and her severe injury for 6 months. The affected skin would not heal. Proud Flesh reared its ugly head over and over again. We cast it several times, we used different types of casts, we used packing wraps, surgery… NOTHING helped the skin heal. After 6 months, the vets very gently told me that I should consider putting her down. Oy! In a fit of desperation, I grabbed my medicine locker and slathered Tea Tree cream all over her leg and wrapped it. After two days, I noticed a difference. It was working! The product I used was Healing Tree’s T-Zon cream.
I know it sounds impossible that an over-the-counter salve could do what no vets could do… but it did. My filly Ava (who was about to be put down) is now 10, has had a successful show career and is now a Mom. So, if any of you ever have a need to heal some skin, please go to the Healing Tree website and order the T-Zon. (I have no affiliation)
Also, if you feel moved, please go to the NBAR site and read about Cowboy (link here). You can see the pics of his injury – graphic. He has a very sweet face. Maybe you want to help NBAR and Cowboy in their struggle… or send them a bottle of T-Zon? ;)
OK, now onto Frivolity!
Alright, I think maybe I am a little left of center here… I have noticed something that I do which I think is a little odd. And I wondered if anyone else does it, too. You wanna know what I do? Well, lean in and I’ll tell you a secret…
I pick my Facebook friends by their photos.
There. I admitted it. Yup. When I am poking around FB, if I see a goofy horse photo or a funny horse photo or a beautiful horse photo, I generally want to “friend” the people who uploaded those particular photos.
Now, the ironic thing here is that they don’t know me and therefore they have to decide by my picture, whether or not they would like to “friend” me back. Because of this, I have thought about putting up a rather silly horse picture as my photo. But, then again, HORSE AND MAN is a business so I cannot really put up a goofy photo… but I want to.
Since I started noticing this about myself, I have been downloading particularly charming photos from FB. I counted that I have pulled 40+ onto my desktop. So, I thought I would share some of them with you to see if you would friend these people, too.
First, the horse with the costume always gets me. This horse is a well known horse. His name is Lukas and has had a book made about him. I love that this owner continually dresses him up. Ha! I would, too, if they’d let me. Anyway, I love this one.
Next we have the obligatory double donkey shot. I love how they are looking right at the camera as if to say, “Yes, we are both here, did you want something?”
This dog kills me.
Next we have the lady who is laying down and her two horses come over to see what’s going on… I love this! My horses would do the same thing! I’m sure that 30 seconds after this was taken, the poor woman was covered in horse smudge slobberdirt.
And, last for today, the horse sitting with his owner. Gotta love it.