It never got above 48 degrees. But the weatherman got the raining part right!
I went on a small mission across town in the rain to buy Lily's grain (right now I'm feeding 1 lb of Buckeye Gro N' Win once daily as her main "grain". Gro N' Win is a ration balancer) at the Highland Feed and Seed store, and her fat supplement (she has the TB metabolism and I hate feeding tons of grain to keep her weight on, but she has decided she hates Buckeye Ultimate Finish 25, so I purchased a bag of Legends Rice Bran, which she has eaten fine before...hopefully she hasn't changed her mind about that, too! She'll get worked up to 1 lb a day of the rice bran) at Southern States. I found a different Southern States only 10 minutes from the Highland Feed store, so now I can really buy grain at two different locations and not feel like it's a huge pain in the ass.
I arrived at the barn, and only the field boarder horses were out. It had not stopped raining all day. Lily was standing with the other 3 mares in the run-in. Her legs were stocked up again, again only her fetlocks and pasterns, but they seemed better than the day before, especially the fronts, and her mentation seemed brighter.
After saying hello and looking her over, I set up her feed in baggies for the weekend, then took her out of the field to bring her up to the barn to get pampered. The temperature was supposed to drop drastically overnight and I wanted to get her dried up before she was blanketed.
I put her in the wash stall, cold-hosed her legs to remove the poultice, and toweled her dry. She actually wasn't too wet from the rain; just along her back and rump. Her temperature today was 99.8; heart rate was 36; respiratory rate was 12; gums a normal light pink. I put her cooler on to speed up her drying off, and fed her her dinner, which I had added hot water to to create the mash.
|The slight fill in her hinds. The left hind always looks worse simply because it's white.|
|Front legs are normal after cold hosing. Note that the left hind doesn't look that bad from this angle.|
|Holding her rubber feeder at an angle for her so she can get the last little bits of feed...|
I folded the cooler up over her croup (the one part of her that was still wet) and got to work with the clippers. I failed to take photos because I'm going to have to re-visit it with the clippers later on a day when I have time to wash her belly hair and wait for it to dry, but this is what I'm going for:
|A sort of modified low trace clip.|
Photo by firegurl979 at Horse Grooming Supply Forum.
I will be going out tomorrow again to check her vital signs. If she has a virus of some sort, her temperature will spike at some point, and that's what I'm watching for. Here's to hoping all of her vital signs remain the same over the weekend and whatever this is resolves on its own.