Friday, November 20, 2015

Or we could go with Plan C: Take up golf

Last night I had my first lesson with Brego. I felt like a sack of potatoes, but overall it was pretty good, if exhausting. Trainer and I discussed plans moving forward, and I headed home like usual.

Then, coming off the trailer, Brego caught his toe (the one where the abscess on his coronet band blew out on in May and has been growing out since) on the ramp and ripped off a HUGE hunk.

Not surprisingly, he's now dead lame.

I should have put a tape measure on that, but it's about an inch of hoof missing.

See the laminae on the inside? Poor guy.

Since I'm so good at taking care of feet, I flushed with betadine, crammed some goo and themerasol in there, and stuffed it with gauze. What you can't see is that there's half a piece of gauze crammed under his toe too. In other words, he's going to lose the entire hoof wall below where the horizontal crack is (which is the original abscess line). 

That just looks painful.

Sooo... yeah. I'll be taking up golf. Or maybe crocheting. Or finger painting. Or I could just start on all those house projects I haven't gotten to.

Unless anybody has a horse they want me to lame ride?

49 comments:

  1. Ouch!
    What a nasty - poor Brego!
    Wishing both boys a super speedy recovery! If you were closer I'd totes share my girls wih you. They could use a skilled rider Boot Camp!

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    1. Sadly, growing out a hoof isn't a speedy process, and there's not much I can do to make it go faster. Same with rehabbing a soft tissue injury.

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  2. Talk about ripping your nail off. Poor boy.

    Here's to all the ponies getting better.

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  3. Poor Brego!!!! Ugh! That's awful! Speedy recovery to all the ponies!

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    1. Sadly, growing out a hoof isn't a speedy process. :(

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  4. Holy shit jesus balls!!!! You can come put all the dressage rides on Henry. That shit is for the birds...

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    1. BWAHAHAHA... haven't heard that expletive before. Thanks for the laugh!

      And with my luck, I'd probably make Henry lame.

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  5. YIKESSSS! Poor Brego :( Well at least its winter right?

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    1. Winter is actually the time when we get all our riding in, because it's too damn hot in the summer.

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  6. What in the heck is going on?!
    Poor Brego :(

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    1. That chunk of hoof was bound to split off sooner or later but we were hoping for later! Oh well :(

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  7. omg noooo what terrible luck! :(

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    1. I seem to have won the lame horse bingo match or something...

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  8. Stampede had a similar chunk after an abscess but it didn't chip off until after the laminae had hardened underneath (vet had me putting betadine in the hole) so it just looked really ugly but didn't bother him with shoes on. I feel your pain though, I'm just finally nearing the final grow out of the worst abscess ever earlier this year.

    I hope Brego heals up faster than you think!

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    1. Sadly brego and shoes don't mix well together so we just have to do the best we can without. Glad that stampys abscess is almost gone!

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    2. That's definitely a bummer but it happens.

      I think I jinxed myself! Stampede looks like he might have an abscess in his left hind now. Argh!

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  9. nooooooooo worse news. :-( That is rotten.

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  10. I'm so sorry! I'd send you Winn in a heartbeat because I have so little free time, but I can't guarantee he wouldn't rear up and I would feel terrible if he did. We have a pony horse that moves really nice, looks like a warmblood, that we aren't really using right now. I've shown him dressage once, but he doesn't have much training in it. He's still a fun horse to ride though. His only quirk is that he gets claustrophobic in fully enclosed indoors. I wish we lived close to eachother and you could ride any of mine that you wanted, if you wanted. I wouldn't blame you if you passed on Indy. ;)

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    1. Thanks for the offer, even if I'm too far away to make it work! I'm definitely exploring alternatives...

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  11. That's a huge chunk of hoof missing. I'd send you one of mine, but they're all lame too. Ha ha ha ha... let's pretend I'm laughing.

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    1. Nice to meet you, fellow lame horse owner! We should take up drinking as a new hobby. It's probably cheaper than horses too.

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  12. Geez ponies, stop hurting yourselves! I'll send you Misty to ride, she's getting zero attention paid to her here!

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    1. No mares. I don't need the boys killing each other in addition to being lame!

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  13. Given the forecast for the weekend, I'd suggest you invite Brego and Paddy in to relax by the fire, while you sip gluehwein.

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    1. Brego would likely break the couch!

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  14. I frequently threaten to take up tennis ( which I suck at). Maybe we can play doubles. At least it's winter and not spring? Poor Brego.

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    1. I used to play tennis quite competitively. Loved doubles too! Let's do it!

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  15. I had one do a similar job on his hoof. We put a shoe on until it grew down most of the way and he was back jumping after a week or so. Initially we expected him just to be fine for light riding with the shoe on, but he decided to show us that he was fine for more by taking himself for a hoon around a 50 acre paddock for 15 minutes and pulling up sound!

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    1. Unfortunately brego does not do well with shoes, so we're stuck until his hoof grows out. I need a magic hoof-growing supplement!!!

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  16. Oh holy sh$t Brego!!! Pick your toesies up!

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    1. Yeah that's a special one isn't it?

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  17. Here's hoping everyone heals up as quickly and easily as possible :)

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  18. That pretty much sucks Jen. Hope the boys heal up quick! :(

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    1. Thanks, me too. I hate seeing them uncomfortable.

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  19. Holy freaking hell. Someone wants you to winter inside with a strong drink and a good book. Shake your first and declare NO!!!! You will be back in the saddle; I am sure of it.

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    1. The strong drink and good book sound appealing. Maybe I can do that and ride too???

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  20. NOOOOOO!!!! come on! that cannot be true, can it?! grrrrrr -.-

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  21. Agh! So frustrating for you!! I hope your boys are feeling better soon....

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  22. Poor guy! I can't imagine what that feels like. Life happens but you'll still find a way to get back in the saddle!

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    1. Brego says it's not at all comfortable, can he have a consolation cookie or twelve?

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  23. I would second the suggestion of working on house projects. At least, that way - you can be productive and you don't actually feel guilty about *not* riding... because, well... You can't.

    So so sorry. :( *hug*

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    1. Yes, many house projects on the list. Perhaps a few will actually get done!

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