Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Northern Ontario
Well, I have good news and bad news.
Good news, Hunter (the name of this Standardbred) seems to be on the road to recovery. He is alert - and while still skinny - is eager to be involved with the day-to-day goings on in the barn. He was let out to enjoy some sunshine and I caught him rolling in the pile of hay we had put out for him - and I mean rolling in that joyful way where they stand up, shake and toss their head after the roll is done, not like he was in pain.
Bad news, at least part of the poor horse's condition has been linked back to Strangles... which has spread through the enitre barn and nearly every one of the 30 horses now has a runny nose, some with the tell-tale swelling glands, and one even has swollen legs which the vet is linking to Strangles as well. While the vet thinks that the Strangles will mostly just pass through the herd as a runny nose and a cough, it's still a pain in the butt and an annoyance, and the youngest horses and Hunter are certainly taking Strangles the hardest.
So now our barn is essentially in lock down mode and it's just a general pain to deal with.
But still Hunter seems to be on the road to recovery, so I'm hopeful.
A canter is a cure for every evil. ~Benjamin Disraeli