Strider, The Accident Prone, Auction House/Impulse Buy Foundation QH
I figured that with continual updates to Strider, his life and condition, it might be best to move over to journals vs nutrition and pictures, though I imagine there will be plenty of both here!
If you missed it, basically I felt bad and did something stupid, and picked up the better looking of two QH colts at the auction a week ago. I've since pretty much made him a big sidetrack in my moving plans, prioritizing his care over everything else....so though I'm sorta behind, Strider has got his coggins results, rabies, some shots, dewormed etc, and is now off his breeder's property, which is great, considering she originally had 18 head, no power and was getting water from a neighbor's house!! yeek!
Anyway Strider is a good boy but he is definitely a handful in some senses. Now that he is feeling a bit better, he is showing exactly how accident prone a horse can be. He looked like Franken-Pony when he arrived...and that's way worse now that everything is medicated up, oiled and brushed out...
I've put MTG on all the parts that are healed(ish) with just a little scab or pink skin showing, I've put SWAT around all the open wounds, sprayed him with fly spray, and put Blue Kote (sp?) spray on the BIG looking wound he opened up on his leg. =/ I applied Swat around that too...I haven't put anything on his castration incision...the vet said it didn't need anything but me to lunge him daily and keep it draining.
This is Strider the day after I purchased him, still at the breeder's house:
...and here is Strider yesterday:
And his leg =/
Here is the original thread if anyone is interested in more backstory.
Can't wait to see how this one develops ...
He already looks so much healthier and perkier.
He sure did manage to acquire a lot of cuts. He's definetely in a better place-I hope he does well for you & can overcome his rough start.
Would ya look at that shine! :thumbsup: like his name too.
Went to see Strider today...not sure how long we're supposed to continue to lunge him to make sure the incision stays open for drainage, but I'm going to assume he meant more than a few days. ;)
The BO followed my suggestion to put my shetland colt (crypto) in with Strider. Pumpkin is sort of a "special" case...he's not all that sharp, if you know what I mean. Anyway him and Strider are getting along FABULOUSLY. I saw Strider place his forehead against Pumpkin a couple of times and they seemed "huggy". When Pumpkin spooked, Strider ran with him before figuring out nothing was wrong LOL. It took Pumpkin a sec, but he calmed down and followed Strider...anyhow they seem to have a good bromance going...the BO is monitoring, of course, but with Strider and Pumpkin out of the way together, it simplifies turn out of the ponies.
Anyway, I can't say Strider looked "better" today but he is definitely happier with a horse companion, and just as personable with me. Him *and* Pumpkin greeted me today, and they both approach me when they're free to do other things. It's a marked contrast to at least 2 out of 3 of my female horses! LOL
Anyway here are the updated pics of Strider and his bro Pumpkin, taken on my shiny new phone that I am still trying to figure out:
(ETS: They are both on the very small side for their age, so they have that in common. Vet says that Pumpkin, sadly, is probably not going to grow much bigger, if at all.)
Grr, had a post half written up and my computer froze!!! X_X
So, I think I messed up a bit. Because we were so behind on moving and preparing our house to be rented out, I decided to skip going to see the horses yesterday. Lo and behold, despite being outside and moving all day and all night, the area where Strider's testicles WERE looks a lot more swollen than it did previously =/ Despite this, he seems to be more energetic, so the food is definitely helping him out quite a bit.
I took him away from his new buddy, Pumpkin, and that's where things started getting a little more suck than usual. Pumpkin was not a happy camper. He started like pacing in front and calling for Strider. Strider would call back, then we got him over to the wash bay, and sprayed him down, which he was ok for. When my husband went to go get the sweat scraper, I pointed the hose at Strider's incision, and let it hit there for a minute until a bead of pus/drainage fell off, hopefully reopening the area a bit, since I"d really like the swelling to go down.
Yeah..Strider DID NOT like that. It just went a bit downhill after that. We took him to the sun to brush him off, apply Blue Kote to his leg, MTG to all his various healing wounds, and then flyspray all over. He kept wiggling and being obstinante. He was definitely not as calm as he usually is. I finally braided his hair out of the way and hubby took him to the arena to try lunging him for a bit. Yeah...that didn't work out so good. He didn't want to walk, and after we did get him going for awhile and tried to take him OUT of the arena, he was balking at going outside. O_O. It's like he couldn't make up his mind! Finally pulling and tapping at his butt, we got him back to the roundpen where he's being kept temporarily, and him and his buddy Pumpkin promptly trotted over to the other side like we were the devil... Five minutes later, I offered Strider some hand pulled grass and he walked right back up to me.
So I'm not sure what happened today. He was much more well behaved before I pointed a cold hose at his injury, so that was probably hurting. I took him away from his new buddy, which upset the both of them, but dammit, they need to get over that stuff right away...and the better nutrition is definitely bringing out a little more personality in this guy. I can't say I'm entirely surprised...if he was going to be completely 100 percent easy the whole time, there'd be no challenge in that, right? *sigh*
So here's some Post Bath pictures of Strider from Today:
Sorry if they suck a bit, I forgot the real Camera at home.
My gosh, I can't believe how much Strider has filled out in such a short time:clap::clap:
Are you taking all the horses to CA with you?
I had a 4-horse open stock and only three horses, when I moved from PA to SoCal some years back.
It sounds like you've got more than one trailer full:-)
Ah, I wouldn't worry too much about a few bad days at this point as they are just bound to happen. At least you know he's feeling better if he has the energy to be obnoxious LOL.
I agree with Walkin, he's looking so much healthier already. Don't be surprised if you go to see him one day only to find that he's shot up a few inches in height.
He'll likely be a challenge, but I'm sure he'll turn into a very nice little horse with you.
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