It's been a strange week. Monday morning DH's 87 year old mother died in her sleep in the nursing home so this has been a week of funeral planning and activities. It was a blessing that she went peacefully, having not been ill (other than dementia and some high blood pressure) and not distressed, although her dementia had gotten worse over the prior week. We saw her for a good long visit on Friday evening, just 48 or so hours before her passing. That was a blessing for us, as DH was comforted by the fact of that recent visit.
Tuesday evening I rushed home from funeral home to pick and freeze sweet corn. In putting a tray of bags of corn into the freezer, couldn't get the door shut and pulled it out to start over with a smaller sized tray. Knocked out the carton of ice cream which fell onto my little toe, breaking the skin and breaking the toe...so that put a stop to wearing closed-toe shoes with a dress to the funeral. Thursday evening after returning from visitation at near midnight, I did chores and noticed some bumps on the neck and shoulders of Sam, the MFT gelding, Carefully inspected, no distress, no blood, nothing that made me concerned and I wrote it off to some weeds that he might have been into, as the horses had been moved to a fresh paddock for better grazing just the day before. Yesterday, still nothing of note other than the minor itchies. This morning, urticaria bumps all over his body and raw oozing areas on his right hind gaskin and a plate-sized area forward of his sheath. Huge swellings on his belly and sheath, and he just looked ill and miserable, with rapid breathing and a 106 temp. Called the vet who was there within the hour, and diagnosed him with a hypersensitivity reaction to fly bite dermatitis. He had a couple of doses of steroids and anti-inflammatories by IV route, and has corticosteroids by mouth for the next 5 days. Hopefully we can keep the raw areas from becoming infected, and the flies off of him. She said he should bounce back in a day but to watch for pigeon fever from 2 weeks to 2 months from now; she said that most of the cases of pigeon fever they had seen last year (which were rampant here in the Midwest with the drought) were preceded by episodes of fly bite dermatitis.
A bright spot for the weekend - the kids came home with spouses for the funeral and the weekend. We are expecting our first grandchild, a girl, in December and it was fun to see our DIL and the baby bump.... DH's brother and family were here for dinner tonight to catch up with their cousins, and a good time was had by all. The littlest one, 2 years old, got to ride the pony and feed the sheep, and many pictures were taken. The circle of life continues....
Alex, that is a lot of spaghetti. Reminds me when, as a young teen on the farm, I had to cook for the hay crews! Cooked all morning for them to chow it all down in 20 minutes, LOL. Glad to hear that the boys are settling, and hopefully you have settled down the neighbors. As for the customary cues for a spin, I believe it is to have light contact on outside rein, hold inside rein up toward your chest with light contact, and add some (inside?) leg. I tend to agree with Celeste that he may have been being bad, rather than doing a great response to a spin cue, although it's certainly possible that someone had put a hair trigger on that horse. If you ask if a western trained horse has been used for cutting or reining, that generally tells you that they have those quick movements. Most of the rest of western horses do not.
Nicker, glad to hear of your nice ride on Jay today. Sounds great! and I'm glad you're feeling better.
It's late and I know I've forgotten several posters, sorry!