Tuesday, October 13, 2009

New horse experience, sort of

Well, the reason for the new experience isn't new. Lena banged herself up in the trailer (again) and so we've been bandaging her over the last couple of days. Katie has done a really nice job wrapping her foot, using diapers, duct tape, gauze, and vet wrap of course.

Tonight, I wanted to check the injury but when I got back to the barn after Steve and I had dinner, I discovered the power was out at Peter's.

Decisions, decisions. Leave it until tomorrow, or figure out how to do this in the dark. I didn't like the way the fetlock looked or felt, though--a little puffy and warm--so I really wanted to check it out.

Luckily, one of the other folks at the barn (also the new State Barrel Racing champ) was nice enough to turn her headlights on for me and help hold Lena so I could clean, tend, and re-wrap Lena's foot. In the dark. With minimal water because Peter's on a well, so no power equals no water.

But we got it done, cleaned, wrapped, and returned to her paddock nicely bandaged.

Just another day in the life of a horse-momma.

Thanks also to Mr. Jack's momma, for the help!


aurora said...

Hope Lena heals up soon! One would think they would figure out "that hurts" and stop, but some things supersede all others (like fear etc).

Any idea what her deal is with the trailer?

Jessica said...

Thanks, Aurora!

She used to get to ride in the back, but when we got Bar, he panicked in the front of our 2-horse slant, so Lena got stuck riding there.

She really, really doesn't like left turns unless they are taken super, super slow, and if they aren't, she scrambles pretty badly.

We're thinking of trying Bar in front now that he's more used to us and going out, plus bell boots and shipping boots for her. (She clips her right fetlock and heel all the time!)

It's either that or drug her and I really, really don't want to do that.

If I had the money, I'd buy a 3-horse and a new truck, but.. alas, not gonna happen, yet.