We scheduled a Vet visit with Dr. Myran today for what was only supposed to be dental exams. The visit ended up being a well check/surgical/x-ray day instead!
Winslow arrived with a damaged eye but it has been quickly changing structure (non emergent). He still has his eye and it’s progressing normally. We’ll recheck in the Spring unless something changes before then.
Blue has been lame off and on since Friday so he was next on the list. He is showing signs of arthritis and will be on a medication for the remainder of his lifetime.
Penny has been snotty for the past few days and will continue to be separated for a few more, no huge issues noted. Hopefully she will clear herself. She arrived to us with a small growth on her right front leg. In the past two weeks it has doubled in size. Dr. Myran felt it was time to remove it. Thankfully it does not look like it requires a biopsy. He’ll let us know if the opinion changes.
Last on the injured list is Sebastian. Sebastian is taking his old man status seriously. We thought we were focusing on his left rear leg, instead we’re focused on his teeth. We knew he had some arthritis, but has progressed to create calcification on both rear legs. He doesn’t seem to mind a lot 😉 he’s stoic about most things. Sebastian’s teeth tell us a different story after some x-rays. He has a severe case of Equine Odontoclastic Tooth Resorption and Hypercementosis Syndrome, EOTRH, and will be having all of his remaining front teeth extracted on Monday.
The rest of the herd did not require any dental treatment at this time. The herd was spirited this morning in the cold weather and as always, Dr. Myran proved why he is our Veterinarian of choice.
We started with the farrier for half the herd – everyone is improving in this half.
Then Dr. Myran from Countryside Equine Medicine and Dentistry came out to visit Avery, Blue, Nick, and Penny.
Everyone jump for joy with us when we announce that Avery and Penny are NOT bred! They just have humongous grass bellies.
We are exploring suggested options for Nick to have front shoes to relieve some of his discomfort. This should be entertaining with him.
And last but not least Blue got a check up because he is just not gaining weight like we expect AND he managed to stab himself with something in the pasture. Yes we checked and could not find anything he could have done it with. Apparently it ran away as soon as it stabbed him. He’s already swelling and trying to get infected (we found it yesterday) so Blue gets some antibiotics to go with his topical treatment and cold hosing. Blue also had most all his teeth done today. We can definitely understand why it’s been taking so long for him to eat. Recheck in three weeks if not before. Blue will require additional dental work in a few months as Dr. Myran felt it was not prudent to take it all at one time.
As soon as Dr. Myran left we loaded up the trailer on what was hoped to be a pickup. Unfortunately we had to see Dr. Myran again at that location so we could help the horse cross the Rainbow Bridge. :'(
As always, THANK YOU Dr. Myran for being a great Veterinarian and helping us meet our mission goals!
We rushed back for feeding and to make it to Tractor Supply’s Friends and Family Event before closing tonight. We now have all of the fence and most of our fence posts for our upcoming installation. Now we need gates, galvanised pins, and poly tape electric fence insulators – and lots of assistance!
We ran inside after the rain started pouring 🙁 Tired fully explains our day.
Half the herd was trimmed today, the difficult half. Very frequently our new arrivals have been through experiences that do not make standing for a farrier fun or they simply haven’t had the proper training. Once again Kasie proves why she’s our excellent choice to keep our herd on the proper footing.
Niache started us out because she loves her Kasie! She ground ties beautifully. Shady and Cinnamon came next to get that pasture completed. No issues found with these three. We missed the picture of Cinnamon.
Next came Penny because we knew she would be difficult but easier than her brother. She only required a little work before she was ready to stand with the lead in a back pocket for all four feet.
Lady and Blue were up next with a check in for Nick.
Lady is definitely thrush free! Apparently her new location is a plus. She is a lot shorter in the toes and was daintily walking back to her pasture.
Huge Standardbred hooves!
Blue had a small bit of thrush in one hoof but stood great. Considering that he didn’t want to be touched at all upon arrival we think he has finally realized he is safe.
Nick has an ugly absess he’s working through and did not get trimmed.
Last but definitely not least Hiawasse was up. He wanted to dance instead of trim his hooves. Finally after some discussion he learned that Kasie wasn’t going to hurt him either and cooperated.
We do work with the horses on picking up their feet but it’s not nearly the same as having all of the equipment and an extra person about. We’re happy to have found a partner who is willing to help us make the horses better citizens while taking good care of their feet.
Dr. Myran visited us this morning to ensure everyone was current on their vaccinations and Coggins. He also checked out our new arrivals and gave us some good and so so news.
Cheyenne is doing so well that she is able to go back into rotation with light exercise.
Sebastian is cleared for same light exercise once his topline fills just a slight amount more.
Blue and Lady are as we all expected and just need some groceries. They have determined that Nick is their buddy and love the back pasture.
Dr. Myran suggests that Avery, Hiawasse, and Penny are all at least 20 years old and Moses is around 18. Penny’s leg wound and Hiawasse’s eyes will have to be watched for cancer growth as they are both prone. Moses is clear for exercise with proper padding and saddle fit, we just have to ensure he does not drain from his old withers injury.
All of our new residents need some additional groceries but otherwise seem to be in good health. Fly masks will be fun trying to keep on these guys since quite a few are having allergy / conjunctivitis reactions. Let the scavenger hunts begin!
Blue Falcon N was sent to New Holland auction where he did not sell, then was sent through Cranbury Sale Stable where Standardbred Retirement Foundation bailed him and sent him to quarantine. Again, details are not widely available when they come out of the auctions.
Blue is spunky and is NOT ready for retirement! He has let us know that he does not like confinement and will defend his right to freedom. Blue is a big boy and has no clue he is 20 years old nor that he has arthritis and thrush. He is currently our largest resident and will need some down time. He has already shown an affinity for Cheyenne and Sabih so hopefully he will also get a long with Peanut so he can be pastured with the three of them.
Blue Falcon has been on our inbound list for the past month while he’s been in quarantine. Noreaster Lady was a recent addition to the shipping list and will be moving to her adopted home as soon as we clear her.
Because we also had a large storm posting has been delayed and we weren’t able to do a proper intake yet. Hopefully we’ll be able to take care of that in the morning.
Blue Falcon started his life in 1996 in New Zealand. He is a Standardbred gelding who is currently in quarantine from being sold (again) at auction. Luckily a great group was able to bail him before his deadline was met and shipped to slaughter.
Blue Falcon raced several times in Australia but never really made the winnings. It is unknown why he was then shipped to the US to try again. Do our tracks have better something? In any case he only raced once in the US and we assume was either put out to pasture or sold at auction to the Amish.
On 9 May he was in an auction where no one purchased him and was then ran through another auction on 11 May where no one stepped forward. He was bailed from the 10 lot on 14 May.
Blue Falcon arrived to quarantine shod, lame, and severely malnourished. After removing his shoes, he has thrush in all four feet. He’s had his first trim and seems to be doing better every day. Fear of the unknown is a huge event in these horses lives.
Blue Falcon will be arriving in the coming weeks and will need more downtime and care to hopefully get him back to a healthy boy. We’re hoping that he will still be able to drive but time will tell. Keep Blue in your thoughts! As we get closer and have an actual date we will update everyone.