Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Desert from Hell, CA.
Ok, so I haven't had much time to mess with the horses the past few days. I realized that I've been sadly neglecting (not REALLY NEGLECTING, like starving kids neglecting, but...) my other horses. Mama Pony has had a complete bad hair day since I got Strider, and she has HAIR! So the day before yesterday I set about grooming her and braiding that hair until my forearms cramped LOL. I still haven't got the back feet able to be picked, but considering all the time off, I did touch far down her leg again without getting pegged or even kicked at, so that's a plus. I also administered booster shots to the ponies, as well as redosing everyone with flyspray, which seems to sadly not be working AT ALL this year. =/
It was also great to see Mama Pony (she is very submissive) pin her ears and bite towards Strider. She is usually totally nervous at the sight of another horse, skittish and submissive...I'm glad to see her giving Strider a little $%^&.
We did give Strider's leg one additional day to heal before calling the vet, and I think we did ok. I know this strictly shouldn't be done on any healING wound, people or animal, but I dosed his leg with peroxide two days in a row...and got some Vetricyn. WOW! The guy in the store said that the stuff worked great...apparently he had a cow that had a nasty, nasty infected looking scratch all down it's eyelid...and the vetricyn helped it heal up really fast. Well I have applied Vetricyn today and yesterday...and the wound looks so much cleaner with the edges clearly healed up. It no longer looks oozey and angry.
I will still probably have the vet out, since we are hoping the Coggins paperwork will be in by tomorrow, but at least I know Strider's leg isn't going to fall off in the interim!
I'm also trying to teach this guy some patience. He doesn't stand STILL still when tied. He tries for a few minutes, but then he'll start to paw. If you say "NO!" very sternly (if you're watching), he will put the foot down with a guilty look on his face. But left to his own devices he is a bit twitchy, will paw, and will call out to his buddy Pumpkin.
(Hmmmm. I'm starting to wonder if the boys being bonded is going to be a greater PITA than it was worth).
There is an article in Equus (I think it was Equus) this month about herd dynamics and what it can teach you about your horse. It's going to be VERY VERY interesting to see how the new herd dynamic is going to work...especially once we go pick up my baby girl from Sacramento!!!! <3
If I had to hazard a guess though: Witch (20+ year old mare) top, Kiera 2nd (by default, she is pretty laid back....), Mama Pony (just because she nipped at Strider), then Strider (he nips at his buddy, but will share grain with him?), then Pumpkin. But given that none of these horses seems particularly dominant, I'm definitely going to be watching and learning.
Originally Posted by Jareth, the Goblin King
I move the stars for no one.
RIP Pumpkin: 2012-8/26/13