Saturday, October 13, 2007

Ouch!

I firmly believe that some things happen for a reason. Yesterday, I went to catch the Grey Mare ahead of the latest vet visit, but before I saw her, I spotted a pristine, white poultice in the grass. Totally unsullied by sweaty horse hoof, it must have come off shortly after it was applied the previous night. This is the first time in a fortnight that she has managed to lose her poultice.

Her foot was black and muddy and I decided to give it a good soak in a bucket of warm water before the vet arrived. A very relaxed Grey Mare almost nodded off, so the tubbing lasted longer than usual. So long, in fact, that her black heel looked white and across it, two red lines were clearly visible. Two red lines that reacted when the vet used the hoof testers: the first ‘ouch!’ the Grey Mare has given since this saga began.

This, it appears, is the source of the nasty stuff; the place where the pus is attempting to track out. I am helping it all I can with more soaking and poulticing. I am considering taking out shares in Animalintex and Vet Wrap.

The vet returns on Monday. I am continuing to pray for pus and am very grateful for everyone’s support and kind thoughts.

19 comments:

Nunhead Mum of One said...

Oh I'm so pleased M&M, I've been checking in daily to see if there's any more news. Much love to you and Grey Mare

NMO xx

Brom said...

This is good news! Fingers crossed for you and the Grey Mare.

The Eyechild said...

Your update sounds promising - will continue to keep fingers crossed that all goes well.

Until I clicked on your 'attempting to track out' link I hadn't realised how life threatening an infection like this could be. Nasty.

mountainear said...

The comment from 'the eyechild' is actually from me. We are related - he's my son - but I don't know why his identity has taken over my computer...

Yorkshire Pudding said...

Keep up the good work. Your dedication to your lovely horse is outstanding. I just hope all this effort and money will bring your mare back to full health.

Mopsa said...

Let's hope it all drains out soon and leaves a healthy foot. Here's to the Grey Mare.

Hannah Velten said...

So glad you are back and that means that the Grey Mare is getting better - hopefully. Fingers crossed for the vet....

IsobelMagsBuchan said...

Pleased you made it back and pleased that the situation is looking up.

Keep that chin up.

Pig in the Kitchen said...

oh hooray! glad you haven't really gone, and very relived that GreY MaARE'S health is goijg the riht wayu. sorry for mistakes, just won at the rugby, rahter pissed.
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Altaglow said...

Grey Mare is a lucky gal in that she has such a great life partner. My best wishes and prayers to both of you in this time of travail.

Winchester whisperer said...

God bless the dear horse

Vanessa said...

So glad that things are looking more positive. Fingers crossed that she contnues to make progress and hugs for you to keep you strong.

GeraniumCat said...

Good to see you back, M&M, hope things go well for the Grey Mare now.

Gill said...

PUS!! hurrah!! You can't beat mud as a poultice. Hoping things continue to improve. Karen sends good wishes too.

Sir Philip Johnston-Higham said...

Back again - that's great! And the Grey Mare too, to boot.

mutterings and meanderings said...

Thank you yet again.

It's comforting to know other people are thinking of her.

Marianne said...

Glad things are moving in the right direction and hope it will be resolved soon.

Karen said...

More good wishes from me! I was stood next to ma whilst she was blogging at the weekend so why not kill to birds with one post ;)

@themill said...

Good news indeed.