Sunday, September 26, 2010

Busy Weekend

We certainly had a busy last few days to say the least. Friday was a farrier day so lots of horses coming in and out of the barn. Then Saturday morning we had one resident who apparently was having a gassy day. It was what a lot of horsemen refer to as a "one banamine colic" but anything involving the dreaded C word is stressful no matter how easily it is resolved. Jason and I are still a bit on edge although everything appears to be completely fine and back to normal.

It was one of those scenarios when everything seemed to be mostly alright but not completely right. The horse in question was eating but not with enthusiasm and maybe not as bright eyed as normal, but other than that was himself. However this guy is a chow hound so even eating but without enthusiasm was a sign something was amiss. Thus we had a Saturday morning visit from the vet. All vitals were normal, everything normal upon rectal palpation, everything normal when the NG tube was passed, etc. The only thing not completely normal were the gut sounds. As the vet said it sounded like the horse had eaten mexican food the night before and had one too many helpings of the refried beans and he needed a bit of banamine in his life.

I must say that we just love working with the vets at Tennessee Equine Hospital. They are always so responsive to our needs. After the initial vet visit we spoke with the vet on the phone 5 more times throughout the day and the evening on Saturday as the vet checked in for updates. Then he called again Sunday morning to make sure all was still well. You can't ask for better service and communication than that.

Jason and I finally managed to do something non horse and farm related on Sunday and go grocery shopping (we lead such an exciting life). We had almost nothing to eat in our house. On Saturday desperate times were calling for desperate measures and the only thing I came up with to eat despite staring in the pantry and the refrigerator multiple times was a box of granola bars. It was a granola bar for breakfast, lunch and dinner yesterday! Am I the only person who will keep looking in the fridge and the pantry again and again hoping that something will magically appear before me that wasn't there two minutes ago?

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Picture of the barn and run-in at the new farm taken from the pasture

some of the big boys grazing; Hemi, Elfin, Apollo, Tony, Homer, Leo, Grand

Levendi found some mud to roll in (because it rains once a week at the new farm - but still no rain here; my allergies are taking on a life of their own)

Ivan

Tony really wanted to have his picture taken!
Lexi

MyLight and Chili

Dutch found some dirt to roll in; no mud to be found here!

Murphy and Fuzzy Punch

Spike and Lucky grooming each other


3 comments:

Kate said...

Hope the horse who was colicy improves - that just shows how important it is to closely observe each horse and know their usual behavior patterns.

Sylvia said...

I'm glad the big C word was wasn't terrible! What a relief. The barn looks great. I love tony's close up :) and the name fuzzy punch never fails to make me smile! You're def not the only one to look in the fridge hoping for something! Lol!!

Vivian, Apollo's Mom said...

Love the barn and run-in shed pic! We will be up some time in October. Hope the horse with gas improves!