I student taught in West Point when I did my student teaching! I have a good friend who grew up in the Old Waverly area. I love looking at all the old plantation homes around here. Columbus has some beatiful ones as well! Especially down by The W.
I agree with the no money to be made thing, which is a shame. Once I finish up my masters I'll be moving on as well. Beautiful countryside and a lot of history, but not much in the way of futures.
For an update on the boys: Drifter is on the mend and is chilling out in the pasture enjoying life. Vet thinks he should be good to go for riding by Saturday or Sunday. Yay!
Whiskey has a better appetite today, but had some major diarrhea in his stall. Dr C (my vet from the vet school up here) had told me to be on the lookout for that with this antibiotic, so I called him as soon as I saw it this afternoon. He came to check on him for me and said since Whiskey had only had 2 doses up to that point and since it was more "cow patty" like and not straight water, that he was probably just upset from being in the stall and stressed from being sick. He told me to cut his grain ration a bit and give him more hay. I bought a hay net so he eats his hay slower so it will last him a bit longer.
He is drinking a ton. He has 3 buckets of water in his stall and goes through them like nobody's business. Dr C told me that was probably because of his fever. It has stayed at 102.5 all day. He told me to let it run its course and just keep an eye on it, not to give him anything else for it. I think he wants to make sure it doesnt spike very high, and doesnt want bute or banamine covering it up. The culture for strangles came back negative, so it looks like it really is just pneumonia.
He is still coughing a ton, and hacking stuff up with it. Blech. I remember when I had pneumonia last winter. It was not fun. So I feel for the little man. I'm glad he's back on his feed though. He also has his jollyball in the stall with him and an empty milk carton full of pebbles he can shake for noise (I'm cheap and he is easily amused lol) and he has taken an interest in both of those things again. So that gives me hope that even though the fever is sticking around, he's on the mend.
Here is a picture of the patient enjoying his hay when I went to check on him in the middle of the afternoon today. He's in the quarantine stall so hes not near anyone, but he can talk to them and see/hear them for the most part. He can look out his stall window and see outside and he gets nice breeze from the doorway at the end of the barn. Plus there is a box fan at the top part of his stall that keeps him cool and keeps the flies away. He has it made :) (besides the being sick part 993690_10153108858870058_1540661145_n.jpg