So I was working on a post about my last lesson but that is going to stay in my drafts while I complain about something else.
Last week, I came down with a lovely cold or other virus. I started feeling crappy on Wednesday. By the time, work came to an end, my head was spinning and I just wanted to lay down. Of course, hubby and I had an appointment to see two houses with our realtor that night. I went and checked out the houses and was relived when we did not like either one. That meant I could go home and lay down! Hubs went out the barn to water because he is a superstar and I went home to lay down.
I ended up staying home from work on Thursday and alternated between reading and napping. Friday, I felt a bit better, so I dragged myself into work so that I would get paid for the holiday. By the end of the day, again all I wanted to do was lay down and rest, so home I went.
For those keeping track, that is three days that I stayed away from the barn. On Saturday, I was feeling more human and went out to check on the ponies. I figured I would fuss over Sissy and give Sting a little lunging session to get him out and moving. Sting whinnied at me and I put his halter on and pulled him out of his stall.
As we walked down the aisle, I noticed that Sting seemed to be walking a little stiffly which I thought may be because the horses have been in due to the near constant rain. He also was breathing heavily with flared nostrils. Once I got him in the crossties and took a step back, this greeted me on his left elbow.
ARGH! Sting had a nasty shoe boil about a year and half ago, that took forever to re-absorb. Finally, it had gotten to the point where it was just a slight thickening on his elbow and I had rejoiced. Well, now the shoe boil is back. Ugh.
Since Sting was breathing heavy and sweating, the barn owner N took his temperature. He had a fever of 103. I called the vet and left a message while N dug through her tack room looking for a shoe boil boot. The vet, Doc J, returned my call and asked if I wanted him to come out and see Sting. Yes please, the shoe boil has returned and he definitely has an infection. Doc J was about an hour away but he would start heading towards the barn.
I groomed and left him in the crossties while I puttered around. Sting appeared much more comfortable and took a little snooze. When Doc J arrived, he took a look, agreed that there was an infection and proceeded to give Sting shots of antibiotics and also bute. He left Uniprim, steroids, and more bute for the next few days. He said he would be back out on Wednesday to see if Sting would need another injection of antibiotics, unless things looked worse before Wednesday.
I put the shoe boil boot on Sting and put him back in his stall. Doc J and N left and I went to finish up watering the barn. By the time I got down to Sting’s stall, he was sweating and breathing heavily through flared nostrils again. Compared to his snoozy manner in the crossties, I thought maybe the lack of air movement in his stall was bothering him versus the slight breeze in the crossties. I called hubs and asked him to bring out Sting’s stall fan. Once hubs brought that out and we hung it up, Sting cooled down and appeared much more comfortable.
The next day, hubs and I came out to check on the ponies again. Sissy was fine and Sting’s shoe boil looked no worse and Sting’s demeanor was much better. Hubs and I hung up all new water bucket for both Sting and Sissy (they both enjoy sitting on their buckets and Sissy also enjoys pooping in hers to show her displeasure). We also fixed Sting’s stall mat and dropped off molasses so that Sting eats all his various powders. Here’s hoping that the shoe boil heals well.
I hear that some horses are able to lay down without ever having to wear special protective gear. Well, not my two! Hock boots and shoe boil boots, I think they are teaming up on me.