Sunday, November 13, 2011

Mourning the loss of the tippy ears

Panama had such beautiful tippy ears.

 Hubby and horse

They suited his personality, and I really loved them!

My horse and his tippy ears

They had lovely narrow, delicately curved tips.

Fuzzy tippy ears in winter

Now they are one.  The tip on the other got chewed off by one of his pasturemates today.

The demise of the tippy ears

It was kind of a hack job.  They took off some hair, and quite a bit of skin too, on the backside of his ear, and took off the very tip completely.

The demise of the tippy ears

All the wetness in this picture is because I was in the middle of cleaning the dried blood off when my husband took it.  I don't know exactly when I happened, but someone said he was fine this morning, and the blood was dried when I was there at 4 o'clock today, so it must have been around late morning or early afternoon.

We have a new gelding in the corral, and that horse has gotten aggressive recently, having decided he didn't want to be low man after all.  And the other gelding is the one who was biting Panama a few months ago, apparently having decided the same thing.  So I have no idea who did it.

Not that it matters.  Their spats will likely diminish in the next few days, as they determine the new pecking order, but Panama's ears will be forever lopsided!

And yes, I am very sad.  While I was at the barn I concentrated on cleaning his ear (which made him rather mad at me — he didn't want me to touch it), and then I gave him some bute (the barn owner didn't think I should for something like that, but when I gave my vet a call his exact words were, "I think he'd appreciate that"), but after I left I have to admit I sniffled a little over the lost tippy ear!



At November 14, 2011 at 3:47 AM, Blogger unustus said...

Poor boy! This calls for a treat. But what can we do to make you feel better?

At November 14, 2011 at 10:37 AM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Thanks, unustus. I'll get him a bag of carrots and tell him it's from you. ;o) As for me, I'm sure I'll get over it eventually -- and I will feel better when he starts feeling better (because I am troubled about him being in pain). I guess there's one thing to be glad for -- that he didn't lose more than the very tip! Most people probably won't even notice the difference unless I point it out.

At November 14, 2011 at 6:50 PM, Blogger Nuzzling Muzzles said...

You know I can totally relate to that. Gabbrielle lost the tip of her ear after Bombay stepped on it while she was rolling. It took a while before she'd let me handle that ear again, but she doesn't mind anymore. I can drive her ears like they are stick shifts. I know it's so frustrating when stuff like this happens.

At November 15, 2011 at 11:01 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

NM, I'd forgotten about how Gabbrielle lost her tip, though I remembered she had -- you were actually my first thought when I noticed the injury! It's very possible, actually, now that I think about it, that that's what happened to Panama's ear too. The scrapes and damage is only to one side. My husband, on the other hand, thinks that it was bitten so that it folded in half, and that's why there are two separate scrapes on the back of the ear and none underneath.

At November 17, 2011 at 9:16 AM, Blogger laurie said...

awww... sometimes something like that can give them a little extra boost of personality, being not quite perfect. i adopted a cat from the humane society a year ago who had part of one ear missing. she is just cute. it's part of her charm. on the other hand, i know how you feel. my fjord has a little skin tag on the side of his nose where (i think) my mini bit him. we thought it would just disappear but it didn't. at least i can recognize him right away in a herd of fjords.


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