Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Vet Trip

 We took Tessa to the vet yesterday for x-rays of her front fetlocks/hooves. She had been limping on the right front last week with her boots on. She is chronically lame on the left and this was a new development. I was very worried about arthritis and her being in constant pain. The x-rays were negative for arthritis thank goodness. We do have the copies here at home and I emailed them to our farrier. He now has a new plan on trimming her feet that may make a difference in her left foot. She stopped limping on the right after a few days of Bute. You know Bute, one of the banned meds from the EU slaughter rules that take effect in July. No horse who has EVER had Bute is to be slaughtered for human consumption. Of course that is a joke. Who is going to enforce these rules at the border? No one probably. Bute is known to cause cancer in humans.

 Anyway, back to Tessa. I was afraid she had come to the end of her road but since there is no arthritis, this is not the case. Thank goodness!!! Tessa has quite the Tessa-tude thank you. She was ready to go home after the x-rays were taken. In fact, she tried to get out the door to the x-ray room, lol.  She is a strong willed girl but does not give us a fight. She just lets us know her opinion on things. She was so glad to get back home where she is pampered. Her buddy Sandy was glad to have her back home too.

 The winds are blowing strongly from the south and it's warming up. Storms on the way this weekend though. Toronado season is upon us. Yippee!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Mother Nature's Joke

Well, Mother Nature played a really bad joke on us this last Saturday. On Friday, it was 70 degrees and sunny. A really wonderful day. I bought shrubs at Lowe's for the front yard. Then things changed! All day Saturday it snowed and blowed. The high was in the low 30's. So much for planting shrubs!!  We ended up with about 6 inches or so. Of course, the drifts were more than 12 inches deep. Sunday was a good day, sunny but windy. Since the ground had warmed up before the blizzard, the snow melted pretty fast. Today (Monday), it is supposed to hit 60 degrees with 70 tomorrow. Good-bye snow. Maybe I will get those shrubs in the ground this week. Gary returns to the dr on Wednesday to get the final stitches out of his neck. Hopefully, this time things will hold and he can soon be rid of the feeding tube. I hope for his sake that happens soon as he has lost about 25 pounds over this ordeal. He is doing well otherwise.  All the horses are doing well too. Tessa and Sandy spent some time in the east pen with access to the barn alleyway since they are the ones who seem to get left out of the run in. They are both out today and moving around well. Tessa has her boots on as she just cannot walk without pain barefoot. Those boots have been a real life-saver for her, literally. The farrier has tried everything he knows and those boots were the last resort. I'm so glad they are working for her. I would hate to say good-bye just yet. Happy Spring everyone.