Long time no write! Mostly because I have nothing to say. The weather has been a complete and utter shit show, so the horses are basically muddy, feral wildlings. It's spring in MO, so this isn't unexpected, and I'm trying not to incessantly complain about it, but it's really wearing on me... we can't get things to dry out because a) it won't stop raining and b) the sun won't come out. And then of course yesterday it snowed -- because why not?
|Snow and daffodils do not belong in the same photo.|
But I do finally have something to write about, because Friday was my annual vet day to get all the horses new Coggins, check teeth, the works. I do most of my own vaccinations, but I have to have the vets do the rabies vaccine -- and while the geldings are drunk for their teeth, I usually pay to have their sheaths cleaned too. It's one of those things that I can
do myself, but I don't mind paying someone else to do it if they're already sedated anyway. Normally I have the vets out in February on one of the two state holidays (so I don't have to use vacation), but this year got away from me a bit, so I ended up having to take a Friday off. It worked out well though, because Friday was the only decent day weather-wise in basically the entire month, so I got SO MUCH done not being at work.
|Ruby is such a hateful bitch to Cinna haha. |
|There, marginally friendlier|
|Jack letting me know what he thought of having to stay in and wait for the vet.|
|Enjoying the first sunshine in WEEKS. |
I left the horses in after breakfast so they would be dry and reasonably clean (perks of the temps running lower than average the last few weeks is that since the horses have been sheeted, they weren't muddy!). I couldn't do a ton about the cement-like mud they were caked with from the knees/hocks down, but I did brush out everyone's manes so they looked slightly less feral. The vets were right on time -- they had two trucks and four students, so we had a pretty full house! We started with Ruby and Cinna -- since they are in (semi) regular work, I assumed they'd need their teeth floated, and I was right. Ruby needed multiple doses of sedation to be cooperative (the starting dose didn't even make her blink), but Cinna was shockingly adult about it (which hasn't always been the case, lol). The senior vet, who has been the one doing our annual visit for a few years in a row commented about how much more "worldly" Cinna seemed -- maybe at coming 6, she's finally growing up a bit?
|Ruby during her TPR|
|And getting floated.|
|Getting twice as much done! (this is why they bring so many students haha)|
|Poor drunk baby horse.|
We left the very drunk girls in their stalls, sans hay, to sleep off the drugs, and moved on to the boys. They both got skipped for floats last year, because they didn't desperately need to be done, so I kind of assumed they'd need it. The vets started examining Jack, and I was pleasantly surprised to hear he didn't have any sharp points or hooks, so he could be skipped again. They did sedate him for his sheath cleaning, but apparently he's becoming a lightweight in his old age -- a very minor dose of sedative had him practically on the floor. He was a champ for his stuff, and then he hung out in Trigger's stall with one of the doctors to wait for the drugs to wear off -- it took forever, so she was loving on him, and actually cracked some tartar off his teeth while she waited. We had a quick discussion about his weight and how I'm managing him now, since this is possibly the best he's ever come through winter (I actually do have a post to write about that when I find the time!).
|Making sure he didn't collapse on a vet student, haha.|
|Waiting for him to wake up. It took a while. |
|Not terrible for a 23-year old super hard keeper!|
We finished up with Trigger -- this was where we had our only minor hiccup of the day. The senior vet let me know his lungs were a little louder than she'd expect, and asked if I had noticed him coughing. I actually had noticed him coughing occasionally over the last year or so, but never often or regularly enough that I was concerned. She thinks he has a very mild case of heaves, and we talked about some possible management changes. With his level of work, she didn't necessarily recommend anything drastic, but we talked about some small things I can do to increase his comfort levels. I'd like to start soaking his hay and I've checked out a few supplements, and I think he'll definitely perk up once he's on grass again. I think one of the reasons he is having issues now is that we've started cleaning stalls in the morning while the horses are eating breakfast, which does throw up a little dust. There's not a ton we can do to change that right now because of scheduling, but the horses switch to night turnout for summer (and then I'll be cleaning stalls once they're turned out), so that should help. So at least now I'm aware it's a (minor) issue, so I can keep an eye on his comfort levels. He was a bit of a turd about having his teeth cleaned (which is not super unusual), but they got it done, finished his sheath, and we were done for the day!
|Drunk Trigger. |
|Cats reproducing via mitosis ;) haha|
As they packed up and headed out, DH called to let me know that he was almost home. Perfect timing, as we planned to go pick up shavings in the afternoon. We were running SUUUUUPER low, but it wouldn't stop raining long enough for us to go get some! Also, with his new schedule, now he doesn't have a weekday off, which was when he used to pick them up. So scheduling our trips to get shavings now is gonna be a total PITA, but the money we save doing it this way vs. buying bagged shavings makes it worthwhile, so we'll deal I suppose.
|Unloading this -- it's arm day!|
We ran some other errands, got the shavings unloaded, and then gratefully collapsed on the couch to enjoy a low-key evening grilling steaks with my mom. I spent Saturday with some family and friends for Easter, and then Sunday was a low-key day to relax with DH. Did you have a nice Easter weekend? Did you have wacky weather like we did?
Our weekend weather was pretty ok! But it's been snowing all morning so far today. We're supposed to get 3-5 inches. It's April for crying out loud!ReplyDelete
We did maintenance last week too! Ours was Thursday. Mostly the same stuff minus the sheath cleaning.
That's a bummer about Trigger, but sounds like you're catching it early, and he should be just fine!
Yeah I'm hopeful some minor changes will make him more comfortable!Delete
Uggg I am with you on the weather. Maine is being craptastic too and the drying is occuring SO SLOWLY. But yay for the spring vet visit! I can't believe the number of people who were there haha, since for me it is just my vet. ;-)ReplyDelete
Haha yeah that's the bonus about using the teaching hospital, there is never any shortage of help!Delete
Cinna is SO cute while Ruby's being a mean whore. I just wanna snuggle her in those photos and tell Ruby to go away....except I'd probably end up snuggling her, too.ReplyDelete
*flips weather forecasters the bird* The forecasting pisses me off more than the actual weather these days. It's been years since I've been this negative about the weather, but I think that's because I live so far from the horses that it's harder to plan my trips to see them during the pleasant weather windows. C'est la vie. I can't control it, so I'm trying to make the best of it where I can!
Second all of this! Cinna's face was adorable. Where I'm at, we got 3 inches of snow yesterday/last night. Annd it was all melted by 3 today. Oh and it's going to be 70 tomorrow (but storming) and 30s the next day. Spring, maybe someday?Delete
Haha they're a pair of goofballs, that's for sure.Delete
I've drafted and discarded like.... 8 posts bitching about the weather. It's been a spectacularly shitty year!
Hope the weather starts being a bit kinder to you soon!ReplyDelete
How do you drive the truck and not have the shavings all fly out?ReplyDelete
Strap a tarp over them! ☺️Delete
Let me know if you ever want to talk about managing heaves. I certainly have a lot of experience with my old guy when it comes to supplements and other fun things like that.ReplyDelete
Luckily them catching it early means you get to prevent it from getting much worse!
Glad you were able to get the horses all sorted out and do some stuff around the farm!!ReplyDelete
It was nice the decent weather fell on the same day, made it easier to check things off the to-do list ☺️Delete
Yay everyone's pretty much happy and healthy. Thank you again for sharing all the details about keeping your horses at home. Seriously eye opening for me all the work you and DH do on a daily basisReplyDelete
Haha you're welcome! I know a lot of it is boring nitty-gritty details, but honestly that's a huge chunk of keeping horses at home that I never really thought about when I boarded. I don't mind the extra effort and decreased riding time (most days), but I think it's good to be honest about how much time farm maintenance and the like eats up, for those starry-eyed horse girls (like past me) who think they want their horses in the backyard. For us it's definitely worth it, but it's definitely not for everyone. And sometimes when the alarm goes off at o'dark thirty and it's pouring down rain, I miss boarding 😂Delete