Snow (aka the wet continues)

Panoramic of the backyard in it's Carolina snow glory

Panoramic of the backyard in it’s Carolina snow glory

Normally, snow would have me excited and thinking how pretty everything is! So white! So bright! So beautiful!

Bah humbug.

Right now, snow means that it will take longer to dry out, and prolong the time between now and when I can get back in the saddle. And right now, that’s something I’m not handling very well *insert more virtual foot stamping here*. Foster lost his wrap last night and because I swear it was blizzarding (no we didn’t get much accumulation, but it was really coming down!), I didn’t go out to soak his foot (it’s 26 miles one way, don’t judge me!). Thank goodness for good barn friends that can check on him!

Foster all bundled up against the cold

Foster all bundled up against the cold

But today it will be definitely safe enough to go out and see what state the pony is in. That is, besides continuing to be grody and shaggy, and not groomed decently enough to be seen in public.

So much for that!

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Foster and his most favorite friend, Baron, playing over the fence

If I could virtually stamp my foot, I would. Last week I had one ride on a sound but increasingly unfit horse, and then pouted about the weather for the next several days. Then yesterday, as I’m making plans for the next 5 gloriously sunny days, I trot off, and something’s wrong. Headbobbing, ugly, three legged wrong.

My well founded guess is that it’s another abcess, but in the other front foot. All the same symptoms- lots of wet conditions and no heat, no swelling, but head bobbing specifically on the front right- therefore I’m going to treat it as such (unfortunately the farrier is out of town). So we will be more than likely, missing our first jumper show that is next weekend, and cutting it closer than I would like in preparing for our first horse trial. In the mean time, the silver lining is that at least it will¬†be sunny, and therefore dry up all the crud that keeps making my poor pony lame.

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More soaking…

Other than that, I’m off today on an adventure to take my trailer in for a well needed service!

Please send more sound thoughts to Foster, and maybe generous thoughts to the trailer guys so I have enough money to compete in the spring after they’re done!

Abhorrent Abcesses

Grumpy

Abhorrent abcesses are abhorrent.

Sorry for being incognito for a couple days. I’ve been slogging through the orientations, introductions, and efforts of trying not to look like the newest twit on the block at the new job, and unfortunately spending my evenings treating poor Foster’s abcess.

Soaking the foot

 

I sat on him Sunday and after trotting off found him head-bobbing lame on his left front. It’s been super wet and gross recently, so it was no surprise when the farrier confirmed that he had an abcess that came out through the bottom of his foot. After a couple days of treating, Foster is still in that pathetic hobbling stage that will hopefully give way to a magically happy prancing pony soon. The only positive note to the whole thing is that I am blessed with a horse who is content to stand still (or paw with his good foot) for a whole 20 minutes, and save my fingers from the frostbite that might occur should I be forced to play with water in hellish brutal frickin’ freezing subarctic such cold weather.

happy pony

As a result of recent weather conditions and the abcess, we will unfortunately be foregoing our first Combined Training show next weekend. Luckily, there are a couple jumper shows in two weeks so *hopefully* we can get out of the barn and go somewhere soon! Until then, thinking happy thoughts for my pony who is stuck in his stall today, but will be getting lots of treats and pats tonight!