Thursday, December 16, 2010

She-Devil

I think Pia's mom coined the term "Mare-Wolf" so that might be more fitting. It took me about two hours to get to the barn after work. On my journey, I stopped at the tack store to pick up some more Cocosoya oil (and side note: I am so FRICKING excited that they have it! So much cheaper.) The same woman who checked me out the last time was working. She asked me how I was doing with a very sad look on her face (since the last time I broke down bawling at the check out.) I quickly explained that she was still alive.

After tonight I wanted to kill her however.

I got to the barn and she was in her stall. I might as well have been invisible. She was a freaking psycho. She had just been brought in from the pasture where apparently she is now buddy, buddy with the herd leader. The care taker said that from watching the interaction she is jockeying for leader and just might make it.

JUST what I need. Crazy, hot thoroughbred who is in charge.

She will take over the world. Just you wait and see! How invisible was I? I had a carrot....she didn't care. It was THAT bad.



She kept looking for her friends and didn't care that I was there. Her back legs had dried mud caked on so I decided to be nice and brush them off. She was super naughty mare-face. She tried to kick, and so I gave her a big old whack. All of the sudden she was like, "Oh, OH, hey, what are you doing here?" Seriously Denali. She had a halter on, and someone holding her and she was still oblivious.

We had a halter on her and that seemed to really piss her off. She kept shaking her head, so I wonder if there really is something going on near her poll. I e-mailed the vet (e-mail #3,430) and asked her if there could be something wrong and if there is a way to check (x-ray or sonogram.)

Mare.

Mare. I love you so much.

Please stop stressing me out.

In other news, the front left has officially been diagnosed as a bowed tendon. WONDERFUL. She is still being treated as a pasture pet, so it is wrapped, but she is turned out. I can't keep her in a stall anymore. She's spent 7 months in a stall and she loves being out. The vet said it will be okay. I guess Wednesday she was sore in the morning so they left her in, but she seemed fine today. I appreciate the vet SO much. She evaluates Denali on a daily basis and decides what is best for her for that day.

We've officially have now majorly injured all 4 legs. I think she should get some sort of award at this point. Maybe I should?

17 comments:

Mrs Mom said...

Yes. You for SURE Deserve A Reward!!!!

Rotten mare!

Barbara said...

'JUST what I need. Crazy, hot thoroughbred who is in charge.'

Love that!

Laura M. said...

If the bow heals and sets well she should be just fine to go back to work (at least on that leg). A friend of mine's teenage OTTB had a an old bow from his racing days and jumped around 2'6 courses happy as a clam!!

frizzlesworld said...

Oh LORD Denali, you GOOBER!

Sydney_bitless said...

Oh the she-bitch came out in her. Bad, bad mare! Of all the mareish trates Indigo can have, impatience, teeth gnashing when she doesn't want to be patient, pawing when she doesnt want to be patient, ear pinning when I ask her something she doesn't want to do and head swinging accompanied by the FUUU LADY face etc etc she doesn't ever forget I am at the end of the lead.
And she seriously didn't want a carrot! LOL!

Dom said...

What a little devil!!! Glad she's feeling that good. Our EPM mare was always very sensitive to having her poll touched, even after she made a full recovery. You'd groom her and when you got to the top of the mane, she'd shudder and toss her head. As for injuring legs... you're tied with Ozzy! Two bowed tendons, a busted suspensory behind, and a hip injury last winter that is still plaguing us. Horses!

Jen said...

I know how you feel about the bowed tendon. My 18-yo QH got one when he was 5. Luckily a year out in pasture worked wonders and that leg is perfectly sound. Just keep your head up!

- Jen
quarterhorsedressage.blogspot.com

Karen said...

Gosh winter sure is bringing out the naughty sides of many horses! :-)

Kristen Eleni Shellenbarger said...

She can recover from that bowed tendon and pasture should help her vent her TB energy as well. An Alpha girl is what you got. Once she starts getting better..lots of ground work will help you establish YOU as Alpha. That will be SO great. Laz and I work on that daily..some days it's known, other days I have to REMIND him who in charge of his beautiful cushy life and if wants to keep it that way, MOVE OVER when I say BACK!!!!!!! ;)
You got your reward..your Mare :) She'll come around!! Good for u too for thinking about her poll issues. u are an awesome Mom!

Denali's Mom said...

Lol, I know Kristen, I just have to laugh at the fact that the vet was pretty much convinced that Denali had no mental ability to be a boss mare. I told her! I said "I give her a week." Sigh... She was sure her mare would overpower Denali. Lol. Mom's always right.

Frizzle said...

Is it bad that this made me chuckle? Lol, that mare sure is full of spit and vinegar; what a fighter! But that's one of the things that I love about the TBs -- they are ALL heart and spirit!
So glad Denali's feeling better. Now, maybe you should go into some kind of physical training boot-camp so you can be ready for her when she comes home!

WishIHadAHorsey said...

At least she has buddies now???? This did make me smile considering what was happening about a month ago. Keep up the good mom work!

Leah Fry said...

I guess that means she's feeling better. Maybe you can't have it both ways?

achieve1dream said...

Yeah you deserve the reward. I've never dealt with a bowed tendon so I don't really know the details on it (how it happens, how long it takes to heal, etc.) but I hope her leg heals up quickly. I'm just happy she's out of her stall and enjoying the company of other horses. The bratty bossy mare attitude is why I will only ever have geldings anymore. :D Just my personal preference.

eventer79 said...

Holy crap, yes I award you an award right now! But not Denali, as she is obviously hellbent on world domination and I am concerned that she might beat me to it. ;-P

Denali's Mom said...

Yeah, maybe I only get crazy, psycho, healthy mare instead of sick, quiet, focused mare. Sigh.

And believe me my next horse will be a gelding (although I always said I would own geldings...mare-wolf just weasled her way into my heart.)

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to comment and say that my 12 year old OTTB ended up with a nasty bow after slipping in the mud. He was basically a pasture pet to begin with, so we just continued to let him hang out in the field with no wrapping or anything. He healed well and is now completely sound under saddle (physically, at least. I the race track left him mentally crippled).