This weather is a little much for me. When the barn kitty's milk freezes after being outside for 5 minutes, its time to move to a warmer part of the country. Poppi is now in full winter gear. Heavy winter blanket and hood, since he decided to tell me that the sleazy sleepwear hood I had put on him was not good enough, I needed to change to a thicker piece of horse clothing. Oh don't worry, he let me know that he was not satisfied with his "hood-wear" by rubbing his face and neck on the wood in his stall until he put some nice rips in it and then somehow tore the nose piece right off, so it is virtually, un-fixable. Yes, Poppi is back to being Poppi. And though it gives me a slight stabbing pain behind my right eye to think about having to throw away a $60 hood that has been worn.... sigh..... twice..... I am happy that he is back to being himself and communicating things to me the way he always has - BY DESTROYING THINGS. He goes in for his ultra sound on Tuesday. Keep your hooves crossed for him <3
Lots of snow today, and wind and REALLY cold temps. Looks like its not getting above 20 for the next couple days. Things have been steady, Poppi is going on little walks here and there to get him out of his stall and stretch his legs. He was doing good, until yesterday when he decided to rear on me twice and then canter in place for no reason except that he must have been happy to be out of his little jail cell. Poor thing. Needless to say, that was the end of his walk and back into the stall he went. Naughty boy. Today, he decided to walk himself out of his stall WITHOUT my assistance AND without his halter on. He went right on over the hay and started eating because of course, he owns the barn. I made his ultrasound appt today and continue to pray that they see only good things when he goes for his visit. He seems to be doing really well, but I can't see whats going on inside of him, and that scares me. His belly is still VERY loud and makes lots of noise, which I was told was a good thing. Now I just have to keep his weight in check so that he doesn't get a hay belly. Rozzi was Mr cuddle bug today and just would not leave me alone in the barn, so i took the clippers out and got to work on one of his legs. He looks like a little clydsdale, you would not believe how much fur he has on his fetlocks and legs. So he now has one clipped leg, and three unclipped which looks pretty cute. I had to stop to give the clippers a break from all the hard work! But what was great, is that he stood there in his stall, no halter or lead rope, and pretty much supervised the clipping of his fetlock hair. After a few attempts to chew on the cord to the clippers, he finally realized that it may be better to just stand there and enjoy. And so he did. I can only pray he remains this laid back and calm... hooves crossed... Fanci and Codi are content and staying out of trouble for now... I think they are officially BF and GF, although it is a love/hate relationship. =0)
so today was chillier than i had thought it would be. Kept the blankets on Poppi and Rozzi and dewormed Rozzi half his dose. The last time I wormed him his full dose, he had diarrhea for a day, so now I just do half a dose one day, wait a couple days, do the rest of the dose- on all the horses. This month its strongid. My goal is to be able to worm all of them without a halter on. They are all getting better, only Fanci and Poppi give me trouble, but I can't blame either one of them after what they have both been thru in their lifetimes. I need to clip the fur on Poppi's belly so I can see his "hernia" more clearly to be sure that its not getting bigger. I feel like he may be getting a little round in the belly area, so I need to decrease his grain intake a bit. Maybe 3/4 of a quart per feeding instead one full quart. I will be calling Tufts monday to make his appt for his vet check and ultrasound. Lets hope for good news. Diana was nice enough to call me tonight and talk about Poppi's status and how he is doing. She is so sweet, she gave me some good advice and can't wait to see Poppi! I bet he will remember her too when he sees her. She did so much for him while he was sick and I will never be able to repay her or any of the doctors that worked on him and with him. Maybe if the sun is out tomorrow, he can come out for some sun bathing again. He seems to really enjoy that. =0)
It is so very warm in the sun today. Poppi had a morning walk, well, more like a prance, and then he walked ME back into his stall so he could finish his breakfast. Some people are asking me about his eyes. He was diagnosed with a cataract in his left eye last August. Doc says its not bad, but it does affect his vision and he can see mostly shadows. He has been bumping into things, even before his surgery, so I am taking precautions so that its easier for him to get around. He wears a fly mask with no ears and UV protection during the day when the sun is the brightest. He has been wearing one of those his whole life to prevent eye damage and moon blindness, but some things you just have no control over- like genetics, and we all know how that goes! Soon he will be going to Tufts for his ultrasound...
I took some updated pics of Poppi. He has his butt back! AND he is back up to his 1033lbs! Woo hoo! So happy. He has had so much energy lately and I am getting anxious to let him out into his paddock. But it scares me and I have to keep reminding myself that he needs an ultrasound first to be sure things are ok. There is still that one spot on the left side of his incision that is soft, but it seems strong and he is quite happy and eating and pooping, and it hasn't changed size at all. The Roz man decided to figure out how to get out of the gate into the grass pasture by pushing his weight against the gate so that eventually, the latch popped out and out he went to run and play. He chased his ball into the field and then ran around like an Arab with his tail straight up and then he fell cuz he was running so fast. Its all soft snow out there though, thank goodness. Fanci and Codi were flirting over the rails yesterday, sniffing and kissing each other. I think its good for Fanci to interact like that, mostly because she is so timid and gets very protective of me and her surroundings. I can't wait for the next couple days, its going to be 40 degrees! YAY! =0)
Is it bad that while I was removing frozen poop balls this morning from the paddocks, I was suddenly craving powdered donut holes from DD's? I know, kinda gross. But you horse people will know what I mean. All horses seem to be doing great despite the bitter cold. I feel bad that I rarely talk about Fanci or Codi, so I will start to give some updates on them too. Fanci says she wants to be preggo again. I don't know, this may be her calling. We will see about that in 2011. This year will be getting her back in shape and working again. Codi man is proving to be quite the play mate to Rozzi, as they head toss and nip at each other over the paddock rails. Codi also loves to pick Rozzi up by the blanket near his rump, and Rozzi seems to love being dangled in the air at random times. This has caused Matt to have to teach me how to sew some rips in Rozzi's blanket back together. Yes, Matt knows how to sew and I don't. He went to a vocational school, k? You gotta cut me a break. Spending all my free time my entire life in the barn does not allow much time to learn how to me Suzie Homemaker. Instead, I am Suzie Barnmaker. So Poppi is back to his 1033lbs and he lays down about twice a day, enjoying the fact that he can lay flat out with his head mashed into the shavings (and occasionaly, a manure pile). He can't wait to go outside, and I can't wait to let him out. The poor thing looks out his stall and looks so sad wondering why he has been imprisoned since October 12th. The day he is off stall rest, we are going to have a party! Rozzi's nose looks great. He let me clean it out the first two days after the procedure, and then he decided that I couldn't touch it anymore. It may have gotten sore, but he is on meds til Sunday and there is no sign of infection. It looks SO much better then it did, I am hoping for some minimal scar tissue. Lets keep our hooves crossed. I also noticed today that he is going through a gangly stage. His legs don't quite match with his body... more of those to come, I am sure. I just hope he doesn't look too funny for the first show in April...
Doc Schmidt came out yesterday for two reasons. One, to see Rozzi and figure out what to do about the small cyst on his nose that he has had since he was born. And two, to let me know how Poppi looks and what our next step should be. Good news on both counts. He drained the cyst and cut it open so that it can drain and slowly heal. He didn't want to cut it from the outside because that would have left a visible scar. So it was done from the inside and my poor little man leaned his entire body weight on me the whole time while Doc performed the procedure. I felt bad making him go through that, but I needed to be sure it was JUST a cyst and nothing more serious. He was sore yesterday, but he let me rub his face all over today and even clean his nose out. He is such a good little man. He was very happy this morning and wanted to play with his big ball more than he wanted to eat his breakfast. The swelling is already down and I think he feels better than he did before the cyst was drained. Doc suggested it could have been from a piece of wood getting stuck in his skin the first night he was here, or it could be something he was born with. Either way, he is fine and well after his cosmetic surgery procedure. And Mr Poppi was given a clean bill of health, including the news that the small area near the incision where his body wall is soft is more a hemotoma than a hernia! Doc says the large intestine has "adhered itself to the body wall" so to speak, and that the body wall itself looks great. His hernia is almost non-existent which is a HUGE relief because I felt like the hernia would get bad because we can't keep the hernia belt on him. Doc took out two staples that were hanging out in his incision. I had tried to take them out myself, since Doc Provost left me the tools to do it, but I just did not feel comfortable yanking that hard. He is still on stall rest until March 1st, at which point we will head over to Tufts to get him an ultrasound to see if he is safe to run and play. My babies are doing well as of today, lets keep praying! <3