Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: Highland County, Va
newbie - farrier and vet in one day
Hello, I'm new to the Horse Forum. I previously owned a horse some 20 odd years ago, but he lived with my mother. We rode trails nearly every week-end. My horse died of colic, and I made a decision to have children instead of horses.
My son is now 19 and living on his own, and my daughter is 17. We bought a farm 4 years ago and are now living there full-time.
This summer I volunteered at a therapeutic horse barn and fell back in love with horses. I put a deposit on a Quarter horse yearling. Then I decided I needed one to ride. We bought Baxter. Then we put a deposit on a second yearling. Only having one riding horse was not enough, so then we bought another. In the space of three months, I went from zero horses to four.
Two weeks ago, I fell off Farley (my fault), and he stepped on my ankle. It took me a week to get on him, but the ankle still hurts, so I only rode about 5 minutes.
Yesterday was a big day for us. The farrier came for the first time. Baxter was lying down a lot. The farrier was able to trim his front hooves, but he fought too much to do the back ones. Farley, ever the gentleman, did great.
I asked what he wanted to do about the young ones. I had put them in the round pen, so we went in with them. Mosby is a sweetheart and stood nicely to have all his feet done. Jubal is wary of strangers. I couldn't even get a lead rope on him; the stinker! We will work on being caught.
Baxter was still lying down, so the two of us decided I should call the vet. I did and also called a friend. While I was waiting, I walked Baxter. Both men arrived at the same time. They said Baxter had a mild case of colic. The treatment seems to have worked, and Baxter seems okay today.
I should note that Baxter is eating beet pulp and senior feed in order to gain weight. I got him from a rescue, and he was severely underweight. He has gained probably 200 pounds since August and looks like a completely different horse. Today, I only fed him a tiny amount. I guess I can slowly increase him back to what he was eating before. He grazed most of the day, so I think he is better. I kept trying to watch for a poop, but I never did see one.
Baxter 13 ridable but needs work; Mosby steady yearling; Jubal sensitive but smart yearling; Farley 13 the boss and very well trained