Thursday, March 26, 2009

Is that light I see?!

For the first time I have real hope that we are getting to the bottom of this! Beau is really at a first rate clinic. The New England Equine Medical & Surgical Center is an asset to our equine community- and I am so blessed to be able to have him there. It is amazing that just a few miles down the road we have such easy access to world class medicine. It is such a bummer to have to be there- but knowing he is in such good hands is great! His current Dr. is such a cool guy- I really appreciate all that he is doing for my man. Here he is in his stall. Yesterday when he arrived he was the second horse in that wing- it was just a mare who was recovering from colic and he. During the night a second horse arrived colicing too. So, the three of them were the only residents of the medical barn.

The mare was discharged this morning, and Beau acted like it was a personal insult that she go...and he stay! He was very unhappy. And that is an understatement. I, on the other hand was OK with it because it gave me some insight into how he is feeling; he was literally cantering around his stall he was so upset. Upset yes, but cantering!! He is getting IV antibiotics and some bute- but the Dr. agreed that it wouldn't mask that much pain- so it is certainly a sign that he is feeling better. He was walking better than I've seen in weeks. Yipeee!
Shortly after the mare left, his gelding pal was taken out for some hand walking. Well. that was just about all Beau could bear- he literally screamed every few minutes and reared and bucked and tore around the stall. He even kicked the wall! He seriously must be feeling better. In terms of medical treatment- I'm sure it was more than they would have like him to do, but I was glad to see all that movement!

His leg wrap was still tight enough that the Dr. felt confident enough to leave it alone for today- so he just got his IV meds and tomorrow they will flush the leg again and reassess the hock. I am hopeful that he will be able to come home- I will have to continue with the meds myself, and do a pressure wrap and dress him for sweating... but I can do it at home and hopefully save $$ So by tomorrow we will have a much better picture of how this treatment plan is working and what we will need to do to keep up with it- and hopefully come to a resolution! I will be so glad when all of this is over. Let it be known that I feel like this has been the longest winter on record- I am so ready for spring!

I spent the better part of the day hanging with the other owners in the aisle and grooming Beau. Just as I was leaving a new neighbor arrived to Beau's left... he was trying so hard to see over the wall- but he is too short; or the wall too high. He was cracking me up! He is such a ham- when he wasn't being a spaz about other horses leaving, he was just hanging out munching hay and asking for scratches. The plan is for me to head back in the morning to see how things have progressed. I'm not sure if I'll take the trailer- that might jinx me... but I have fingers crossed... I do have to be gone all day Saturday with the girls to Pony Club Quiz rally- so I am a bit anxious about having him come home; but I'll be so glad once we are clearly down the road to recovery. Today I feel confident that we are on the right track. But ask me again how I feel once I see the bill...


  1. Alex, I should (and will)email you privately... but I just wanted to say that since I know how to get to your house now, and it's so very close... if you need an extra pair of hands during the week next week, PLEASE call me!!!! I can pop right over!!!!!!! and would be more than happy to do so.......

  2. Actually, he looks like he's hamming in that last photo, lol! I think I would go without the trailer, too- you can leave him there all day, go home and gt the trailer just before close- so he has as much of their attention as he can get on Friday!

  3. He looks good! Glad to hear that things are looking up!

  4. So excited for you!! It is fun to hear that he is moving around much more and cantering!!