Saturday, September 26, 2009

A Saturday of changes

I'm feeling a bit stiff today from my fall yesterday, but not bad, considering. This turned out to be my second mildest fall — right after the one where I fell off and landed on my feet.

Panama, unfortunately, fared worse when he collided with the gate. I'd found a small cut and a scrape on his left front fetlock yesterday, so today I stopped by the tack store to pick up some more Furall before heading out to the barn.

Unfortunately, it turns out they took Furall — which is an aeresol version of Furacin — off the market temporarily. That's really too bad, because it's excellent stuff. So I guess I have to get mine back from my mother-in-law...

When I got out to the barn, I was unsurprised to find that Panama's front left fetlock was slightly swollen. I also figured he might have another minor injury I'd missed, and sure enough, I found a little knot on his right knee. I hosed both legs with cold water and cleaned out the cut with betadine. He was walking a bit gingerly today — not lame, but like he was a bit sore — so I won't be riding again until he seems comfortable again.

But the hosing down triggered a frustrating conversation with the barn owner. I've been getting annoyed with him and the situation there more and more lately. As a result, I've started looking a little more seriously for a new place to board Panama. Two weeks ago I visited a self-care place with an acquaintance who is also considering moving there — we would share self-care duties — and I think Monday I will go back and get an official tour with the woman who runs the place. There is also another barn I'm considering that I'll probably tour on Monday... I'll post more of my thoughts on moving Panama later!



At September 26, 2009 at 8:35 PM, Blogger Nuzzling Muzzles said...

When Gabbrielle was injured, the vet said, "Now I need to examine her for other injuries." I didn't think there were anymore, but did find cuts on both coronet bands later. Even while saddling Bombay today I found a huge bite mark on his back. The horses "groom" each other to get flies off, swishing their tails in each others' faces, and sometimes they bite too hard. I'll be interested in hearing more about what's going on at the barn, and I hope Panama heals quick. (Is it "quick" or "quickly"?)

At September 26, 2009 at 8:56 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

It's "quickly." :o)

I recently heard someone say that beans (in a gelding's sheath) come in threes. Maybe the same goes for injuries!

I'll post soon about the barn situation, I promise!

At September 27, 2009 at 5:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope Panama feels better soon - and good luck with your search for another place to put him.

At September 28, 2009 at 7:35 AM, Blogger Vectormom said...

Wishing Panama a speedy recovery! Hopefully your new barn quest will have a better area to ride in with drainage and good footing!

At September 28, 2009 at 2:12 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Thanks, Kate!

Vectormom, I'm not as much concerned with having an arena as some other things. It doesn't rain like that very often in Colorado, and even our snow tends to evaporate rather than melt, so drainage isn't normally an issue. And actually, the riding at this barn is very good if you're not focused on having an arena -- the pastures are flat, with no hidden hazards such as rocks or holes.


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