On July 3, 2015, this shit happened:
|Non-weight-bearing on left hind. At the time, I thought she had severed one of the important tendons at the back of the leg and we were going to have to put her down.|
|Fat leg = .|
|This guy. <3|
Patient mare waiting for the vet.
|Distal limb perfusion.|
|Better. Stitches out.|
We started a 10-day course of SMZ after the last DLP. Cleared for more movement!
|First day in the run.|
|Half bath with cold hosing. All legs except for the injured one had been fat prior. Heat indexes of 107 degrees + high humidity + a horse that stays in her stall (despite a giant run) to be in front of the fan will all do that...|
|Looking at her buddies, Marmy and Simba, BO's ponies, whom she moved to the paddock next door so Lily would have company 24/7. Lily was tied to the fence while I picked out the stall.|
And weight gain!
|...which you would hope would happen when the Mareface is getting grain three times a day, free choice hay (there was more inside the stall) and free choice alfalfa (also in the stall).|
|First day in the hospital paddock with Simba and Marmy to keep her company.|
Simba is the little pony; he's BO's Shetland driving pony. Marmy is a sweet retired old lady in her 30's. They adored Lily and the feeling was mutual.
|And then this wound under her hock (also from the incident) tried to get infected.|
|But at least this looked better...|
|...so much better!|
But back on the SMZ she went for good measure.
|And then this happened!|
They all came out one by one to welcome her back.
|We've practiced ground tying.|
And treated a fungal infection that cropped up around the inside of the injured leg.
|And today, August 3 of 2015, this happened.|
I didn't realize the date until after I was done tacking up.
It was great to see the world again between these ears. And to ride with this guy.
She was sound, she was happy, she was forward,
and she didn't understand why she was only allowed to walk for this ride. :)
(Vets want a gradual increase to full work over the next week.)
|And afterwards, the leg looked like this! :D|
But while there were days that I was so tired I didn't want to get out of bed, what kept me going was knowing that there were so many people out there who cared.
I don't think we've ever felt so loved.
I love you all!
But I especially love this guy, without whom this story, our story, wouldn't be possible. Without whom I wouldn't be here. And while sometimes life enjoys throwing curveballs at us to make our stories more interesting, it's the best thing ever to know you have a hero there to catch you.
I love you Charles!
|(And no: neither horse is tied to the hitching post)|