I feel like I've been hanging on like the last leaf of autumn this week. It's been nothing but crazy and I am exhausted.I've hardly had time to get around and visit your blogs at all!
Why am I with my horse in the dark by moonlight, sensor lights, and flashlights?
For one, the sun sets around 4:20 around these parts. Second, My Boy is requiring some medical attention after I get off work this week, hence seeing him in the dark. He is off on a hind leg, most likely a hoof abscess. All the signs are pointing this way, from experience with an abscess he had a year ago.
My attempt at a self-portrait using my point-and-shoot.
There is no wound or apparent swelling, just a little heat, a slightly stronger pulse, and resting and pointing of that toe. He is walking and putting weight on it, but has not been the usual "gallop to his hay" kind of pony. The recent wet weather and newly trimmed tender hooves have me believing he either got a bruise that abscessed or just a weather/mud related abscess. So for now he's getting the boot.
I am soaking it with Epsom salts and hot water, hoping to help it draw out and drain. If it gets worse or will not burst on it's own in a few days, I will have to call out the veterinarian to see if she can find it. Abscesses are a pain in the you-know-what to deal with but overall are the lesser of possible evils, at least with treatment it will heal up and he'll be fine.
I have some exciting things to share with you in the coming weeks, including a guest blogger story and a few book reviews.Have a great weekend, everyone!