|Who could resist this face?|
We currently have a couple free horses on the ranch. We took them both (Pistol and Luek) with the full knowledge of the financial outlay that any horse represents.
Yesterday, was an $800 day for Luek. He has been off for about a week. He also needed a blood panel done so that he could continue on his joint medication. So, we took him to our vet for diagnosis of the hoof problem and blood work. It turns out he has an abscess, most likely the result of a hot nail. X-rays did not reveal any fractures or other issues. X-rays for a horse are expensive, especially when they require sedation. The blood work was normal relative to the joint medication (so we got a big bottle of that); however, he is anemic. So, we are starting him on medication for that. Fortunately, he is basically a healthy horse and these are pretty routine things that come with horse ownership. Abscesses are very common and pretty easy to treat.
Luek enjoyed his foot soak in Epsom salts this morning. While his foot soaked, I groomed him. Afterwards, I applied a poultice and wrapped his foot. Ten minutes later, he was filthy and the wrap was coming undone. He has a history of abscesses, and he was a circus trick horse, so I’m sure he is also a master at undoing a foot wrap. Not to brag or anything, but after all the years of dealing with Jackson’s abscesses, I am pretty dang good at wrapping a hoof.
|I’m pretty sure he’s laughing at me|