Monday, January 17, 2011

Guess who's sound???

I'll give you three hints.

1. It's a mare.
2. She's cost me thousands
3. I love her more than anything.

Yes it's true.

Ms. Slew came in from the pasture with me like a peach. Once inside she decided that she had to roll RIGHT NOW. The vet held her and we took her blanket off and made her be a good girl for a few minutes. She ran around like a crazy girl for about 10 minutes. It's been raining all day and so not so great for running outside. She was giving some mean bucks (and I continue to pray she never figures out how to do that under saddle) and had a good old time. I wish I would have thought about filming her during the first half of her running around.

Doesn't look very neurological does she? We continue to be clueless.

Her neck is still tender, so lots of massage and other work on that. (edit: I am looking into buying a Back on Track Neck wrap for her. Anyone use one on your horse? They are all out of stock and I'm having a hell of a time finding one.)

I worked with her for the first time since before our accident. I forget what a good, solid horse she is. She was a peach and we did walk/trot in the round pen and a little canter. She just seems so confident. She's such a different horse than the one I owned 2 months ago. She's very sure of herself, but not in a bad way. I am so glad that she is out with a herd.

After her massage and acupressure we brought the rest of the herd into the arena for the night. It was PORING out and the field was starting to turn muddy. One of the caretakers was walking around outside and all the horses spooked. All but one. My ponykins. I was so proud of her for using her head. She looked at the rest of them like, "Guys, it's Ann, Ann feeds us. What's the problem?"

The vet and I sat down and went over her supplements. I have a good idea of what to give her now. She said that even if she doesn't have EPM that we need to keep giving her the high doses of Vit. E for her neck. That's fine with me. We also talked about the next steps. She wants to trailer Denali to a few different places with me and let us both have a positive experience since our last one wasn't so hot. Seriously, this vet is amazing. If you live near Seattle and need a good vet let me know and I'll give you her name. We LOVE her! She goes way above and beyond what a vet should do. I wish there were some sort of award I could nominate her for.

After doing that I volunteered to de-lice a new patient. She is a super tiny Arab. I volunteered to do it since the vet had her daughter and I didn't want her to have the lice dust all over her. Plus, I like a challenge.

And a challenge it was.

1. Ponykins is newly halter broken.
2. Ponykins is VERY timid.
3. Ponykins is afraid of her shadow.

 It took me about 5 minutes to get the halter on her without traumatizing her. We did, and I gave her some love and told her thanks. The blanket coming off was difficult, but NO where near as difficult as putting it back on. I finally just threw it on her and quickly buckled the straps. She did really well, and I was proud of both of us. She is SO, SO tiny, I thought she was a foal or a yearling, but it turns out she is 6! People who treat an animal the way she's been treated...well I'll keep those opinions to myself.

Disaster averted! Pony was de-blanketed, de-liced, and re-blanketed.

And now for your viewing pleasure...Photos of Princess Ponykins!!
Getting work done on her neck. Look mom, no ribs!

Falling asleep while having work done on her legs.

Hi guys! Thanks for reading about me and being so supportive of my mom.


spotteddrafter said...

Wow! What a roller coaster you and Denali have been on in the past months! I just love the look in her eyes in that last picture. What a sweet, sweet mare. :)

Barbara said...

what wonderful news!
The STYLISH BLOGGER AWARD is waiting for you to pick it up at my blog (Nina's Story).

Muddy K said...

I don't even know how to say how happy I am to hear about this, so I guess I won't even try. That mare!

SprinklerBandit said...

She looks good! Glad things are going well for you guys.

achieve1dream said...

Awww I have tear in my eyes reading this post!! I'm so happy for you and Denali! You've been through so much and come so far. It really doesn't surprise me that she's acting better since she feels better. She was probably having confidence issues because of her balance problems. Horses don't like to be off balance. I'm just so happy. :)

Good job on the pony. I've thankfully never had to deal with lice before. :)

Carol said...

This story is like a miracle. I'm so happy for you. Also, your vet sounds absolutely, positively amazing. She is someone really special. I could go on and on about the delight of reading such a positive story, but I'll stop there :)

Jennie said...

That's fantastic! I know I've just lurked, but I've been following for awhile, and it's such a pleasure to see her looking well!

Kristen Eleni Shellenbarger said...

I'm so happy, I'm so happy, I'm so happy!!!!!!!!!!!!
Denali looks happy and I know you are happy...what luck! :) xoxoxo

Kate said...

Denali looks fabulous!!

in2paints said...

I'm so glad she's doing well!! It looks like she feels a lot better... the look on her face says she's a happy girl!

Ms Martyr said...

This is just a fantastic post. I love a happy ending.

You have an award waiting for you on my blog. Hope that's okay.

Lisa said...

That is such good news! Go Denali! I hope everything keeps looking up for you.

How is the hypnotist thing going for you? Have you had it done yet?

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Janie said...

Wonderful! That just made my day!!!