lantairvlea: (zetahra)


Tristan helping fill Zetahra's water bucket four months before.

I'm okay when I don't think about the end too much.

As Tru-D comes along I can't help but compare the two. Z had a bit more sass and self-confidence, but she was ultimately respectful and wanted to please (though I am sure in other hands she may have been more self-serving!) Tru-D is more cautious and a little more reactive, but she lacked the 10 months of handling that Zetahra had from the start. She is coming around and is much more social and wanting attention and is always seeking the answer to the questions I ask her.

They have a surprisingly similar build (I need to get some good conformation shots of Tru-D as it cools down) and I think Tru-D's mane is going to be almost as ridiculous and is in desperate need of a good brushing, but there's more pressing things I need to do while sweating it out outside like mucking, teaching, and doing general care of the herd.

I'm hoping Tru-D comes along just as well as Zetahra did and I look forward to seeing her develop and mature, fingers crossed. Tru-D and Zetahra are four years and two days apart in age and I can't help but think that there isn't some purpose and connection in there somewhere. There's no replacing Zetahra, certainly, but Tru-D has been helping to fill the gaping hole that Z left behind.

Short update on Chewy. We have had some poop! Three piles yesterday even, but nothing yet today, however her input has pretty much sucked so there isn't much passing through. Yesterday we took her in for her teeth and they are definitely showing her age. She doesn't have much chewing surface left on the top and had some points that were starting to cause some cheek ulcers, which probably weren't helping. Dr. Roach (filling in for Chatham since his knee surgery three weeks ago) also found two small abcesses that had started. The vibration caused by the electric float caused them to rupture slightly so we're looking at a long course of antibiotics. I have some SMZs left over from Dakota last year and they are good until October so I will be using them up. The timing is surprisingly good and while Chewy hates that I'm shoving more stuff in her mouth twice a day hopefully it'll make her more comfortable in her mouth and get everything back in order. I'd love to have her healthy and sound another five years, but at twenty-five already I know it is going to take conscientious maintenance a bit of luck to get there.

Standpunkt

Mar. 12th, 2016 09:40 pm
lantairvlea: (lantair look)
Kugelpunkt? I am not fluent enough to know how "bullet points" would translate and my phone dictionary fails me.

*Have a talk in church tomorrow, subject: The Atonement (because Easter is close, I imagine). I haven't talked in church in over 10 years. They ask for 10-12 minutes, wish me luck. They like to ask couples to speak so Chris is up there with me too, no idea who speeks first. His talk is funnier than mine, but that's okay.

*Kitt had a brief bout of colic tonight. Just a little off, heart rate just touching 40. Some banamine and being banished to Ruby's stall for the night. Last I checked she said she was hungry so she got bran and electrolytes, which isn't quite what she was hoping for.

*Draft horse people and Rodeo people flubbed it today. Two weeks ago the Rodeo people contacted Troy saying "hey! we want heavy horses there after all! You have two hours Saturday!" Rest of the group got one week notice and last night Troy called me and said he had stuff come up and we were the only other ones to commit and weren't going to go do it all on our lonesome. Told Troy they can have someone call ME and coordinate something for next year. Not this last-minute half-baked crap. We can do better than this!

*Got the larger surface. First coat of gesso applied, needs another. Then I can grid the thumbnail and transfer. Smaller surface has not yet arrived. I need to do a test painting of the tack. I also need to get the Rosmalen design on the mare and foal test painting.

*Kelhan is adding words. Newest: "hot."

*We drove Ruby today, boys rode with us. Kelhan insisted on holding the reins. I might have to start showing them how to steer because they have the "whoa" and kissing noises for "go" down.

*Got Tristan a dresser for his room finally so the boys now have their own clothes in their own rooms, yay!

*Hung a whole bunch of family pictures on the walls this last month.

*Kash got his new boots and is now barefoot when not ridden. New discovery: he wings in slightly with hisbright fore. Not enough to hit himself, but enough to brush the outer edge of the boot.

*Need to get the schedule down for next year on the private school classes. They're adding a second campus in Gilbert. It's growing!

I'm sure there are more things I'm not thinking of.
lantairvlea: (Kash)
Our handsome model.



The green was a little lighter than expected, but that's okay.

I tried the Stark Naked Bit on Kash this morning. I have the time to write about it because we loaded up all of the things we needed to take to the dump after and it's a fair jaunt plus wait time. Our property looks so much nicer without the busted palettes, tarps, and various other bits of debris that accumulates over 10+ years.

Anyway, I played with Kash for two reasons, trying out the bit and also seeing how he was moving. He biffed it two weeks ago Saturday. I think he stepped on his front shoe and just nose-dived. The shoe seemed fine, but he didn't want to weight his left fore when he got up. We ended the lesson there. He moved better as we walked back, but still had a head bob so he got cold hosed and a gram of bute. He had the week off and was moving really well on his own and I put a short ride on him Friday, but I just walked him. Saturday (last week) he was moving great under Susanne in all gaits and did a little jumping. He did well Monday and Tuesday as well, but Wednesday under Roxanne he had a head bob. Not bad trotting right, but definitely there to the left so we traded out for Kitt. I rode him Friday and he felt good to the right, but had a little weirdness left, not bad on a big turn, but definitely there on a hard one so I didn't use him Monday and tried him this morning to see where he was. Walk was 100% and trotting right was good. Trot left was okay, but again the sharper turns he started short-striding and wanted to sputter out. When he initially tweaked himself there was no swelling whatsoever down low and I suspect he did something up in his shoulder and neck. He's sound without a rider (I admit I haven't specifically lunged him the last couple days, but cruising the turnout himself and goofing with the other horses he looks great), which is good and I haven't given him any medication since the first day. I have Kristin scheduled to come out next week and work on him as well as Chewy and Kitt. In the meantime I'll probably lunge him to see for sure where he is without a rider and maybe run my hands over to see if I can feel a sore spot. I had done so on Friday, but the spot I thought might have a sore reaction turned out be itchy and he was assuming the "scratch my neck there" position and got lip-wriggles as I rubbed harder.

What I don't want to do is Bute him so he goes sound and injure something worse. I'd rather have him tell me he's off and let him be than mask it.

So back to the bit!

Kash was less offended at having something in his mouth than Chewy was. Granted he's a mouthy creature to begin with so the trick is usually keeping things OUT of his mouth. He took it well and while he did roll it around and try to chew on it that is nothing different than any other bit he has ever had. I did find he got quiet in his mouth MUCH quicker than any other bit I have ever had him in (and I have tried a LOT of bits on him over the last 12 years!). He was nicely responsive to it and held it well. I could see riding him in it more and enjoying how he goes in it. Usually he doesn't stop jawing his bit until you get him working and thinking pretty hard so having him play with it a minute or two and then go quiet was very nice. Added bonus when he did mouth it there was just chewing noises and not the clacking and jangling of a metal bit.

Overall I was much happier with how Kash did over Chewy, but I was also not getting on and off fixing poles as I was with Chewy yesterday so there was no issue with it falling out. He did work it down as I was trying to get pictures of him, but it didn't fall off. It might also help that he has more incisor left than Chewy does at this point or maybe I just had it adjusted right the first time. It was easy to put back in place, just compress the rings together to arch the bit in the mouth so the tongue can slide back under. The instructions that come with it noted some horses might prefer the bit under the tongue versus over the tongue. If it is cold the biothane is fairly rigid, but it does flex easier as it warms up and shapes around the tongue fairly nicely and since it is a solid strap there are no ridges or links to pinch or catch the tongue or lips. The stitching does add a little texture to it, but I don't think it is sufficient to cause issue unless you're sawing at the horse's jaw constantly and hard? which is something the makers strongly discourage.

I saw a post with a person claiming these bits were a "torture device" because there is no release. The argument is that the jaw strap gets cinched down and compresses the tongue and jaw without relief. Certainly you could tighten it that way, but I feel like the one finger fitting under the jaw the makers recommend gives enough space for release and since it arches up it gives way more tongue comfort than any straight bar bit. Added to that engaging the reins loosens the jaw strap unlike on a curb bit. Of course if you want to talk about the torture of things that don't release you have the saddle that gets cinched down pretty tight, the weight of your butt on the horse's back and the rest of the bridle sitting on the horse's head so I don't get the torture device view.

And another thing I liked was that Sir Chews A Lot didn't put a mark on it. I think where it sits and the fit keeps him from being able to suck it all the way back into his molars for chewing.
Less-than photogenic )
lantairvlea: (lantair look)
Treatment for Dakota's summer sore has been going on for a week now. These things are nasty. Sunny has one on her mouth that after three weeks is almost healed.

Dakota's sore was on her navel so gravity helps it drain and it isn't being constantly harassed by foodstuff like Sunny's.

That said Dakota has been a much better patient than I was expecting from the start. I was thinking I would be dodging kicks and have a fight on my hand to boot. Total opposite. She appears to enjoy it and stands quite well despite scrubbing salt into it, hosing it out, and applying layers of ivermectin, DMSO, and Swat.

It is looking much improved as well. Her ventral edema has gone down by more than 60% and the wound itself is filling in nicely. I am charging $20 a day for wound care, which Mom said was fair. Having the vet or a tech come out and doit would easily be double so there you go.

The only problem is preventing Hershey from eating the antibiotics that we did a round of because Dakota had difficulty rising one morning (didn't get up until I was putting food in the feeder) and had tremors in her right hind. She is still a little stiff behind, but much improved than the initial day. I've also come to notice her front feet don't match and one is much more upright and the other has a dish and Mom said she'd come out and have me show her what was going on so she could talk to her farrier. If he doesn't start correcting it I think Kevin will be getting the pair of them back (Hershey's feet are starting to look weirder too after three years of this).

Tomorrow will be long. I am looking after a herd of Icelandics plus some dogs and cats for a lady so I'll be getting up at 4am to run and care for them before feeding my herd and being ready for my 6am lesson. I have a break at 8am, but I will probably work Cinnamon and then have two more lessons before the final open studio day, which will be running from 12-4pm instead of 1-4pm because I am a pushover, but it's the last day and I'd like to have an extra hour to work on that drawing that I haven't touched in a week. And I told the two who will be arriving early that I'll be eating lunch so it works.

I had my first training since April and either I am out of shape or the heat and humidity really sucks it out of you. Kitt was VERY forward and volunteered the canter a couple times. She also humped up when I asked for the canter the first time, goober. She was a bit rushy over the ground poles so we worked that and also got her canter going and holding without her rushing or falling in or out. My legs were unhappy.

I didn't get a whole lot of input from Michelle as her other student had more issues to work through, but at this stage it is eyes on the ground, her facilities, and the outside perspective to work through knots. I had Kitt in the Evolution and she did well in it. She was heavy here and there, but that is Kitt. She did have a couple really nice canter to halt transitions. Next time I hope we have ourselves together enough to do a little jumping.

We should be ordering the cargo container that we will slowly convert into a tack room for the property. I don't remember if I mentioned the guy that bid it out last week at $10 a linear foot fornthe trenching. Hahaha. Friend of my parent's and Mom got to tell hin that $7000 for 700 feet of trenching was ridiculous. He came back eith $2500 and that's just not going to work. Where'd the other 4500 go? He's a professiknal landscaper and probably used to little backyards where the max footage for the piping is 100'. Did I mention that didn't include laying pipe or anything? Yeah. I need to get the numbers and names of a couple guys who did stuff for our house and maybe we'll just wait until it cools down and donit ourselves. Once the container is here we have a place to store the pvc at least.
lantairvlea: (lantair look)
Chewy gave us three piles in a less than 24 hour period, yay! The last one looked less oily too so I think the oil is pretty much through. Her appetite is back up and she's drinking and using the salt blocks again. I am doing little (soaked) hay and mostly soaked pellets, her senior feed and bermuda pellets. She may be queen of the little turnout for a long time.

While we were in Utah Tristan was playing with my grandparents' phone and Chris asked him "Who are you gonna call?" and Tristan without missing a beat answered "Ghostbusters!"

Children are funny.

Yay Poop!

Jul. 12th, 2015 01:20 pm
lantairvlea: (lantair look)
Chewy left us two shiny, oily piles this morning and started eating again. Bermuda of all things, which she is usually very reluctant to eat. She ate two pounds of her senior feed and I gave her a little more this afternoon. Marty also gave her some applesauce and alfalfa pellets, which she wasn't as keen on the alfalfa pellets this morning, but ate a good amount last night.

She doesn't like me giving her the electrolytes with the syringe and I don't blame her on that. Now she needs to start eating and drinking regularly and we're good. Chatham did pull some blood Saturday and will let me kniw when the results come in and see if there is anything underlying going on. I also want him to do a thorough oral exam as she is still quidding feed, like yesterday when I was hand grazing her. She was keen on the grass and I should probably do some more this evening, but she would occasionally wad it up and drop it. She did have her teeth done just a couple months ago because she stopped eating. The fronts were good, but the back teeth were weird and needed a good amount of work. I don't know if she has an ulcer or something in her mouth that is continuing to inhibit her full range of chewing motion.

I think I am done with the watercolor on this piece.



Now I need to attack it with colored pencils. Had I done it on watercolor paper I may have just continued with that, but I don't think the bristol board would hold up to it. It is a thicker paper, but I don't know how happy it would be with repeated wetting, plus I didn't plan for watercolor and didn't leave any highlights (of course that could be what a little bit of white gouache is for, but that's beside the point).
lantairvlea: (New filly)
Do you know what happened to June? And where is July going in such a hurry? On the one hand it is welcome because bring on Not-Summer, but it seems like we just got back from Utah yesterday and not four days ago!

Tuesday Chewy didn't poop and wasn't keen on drinking. Her heart rate was 28, temp 100.3. Gave her a dose of Banamine and she had one pile Wednesday afternoon. Her respiratory rate seems elevated, but we've also hit hot and humid and it doesn't seem much more than anyone else. She had another pile Thursday, but none today. She seemed to poop when Chatham threatened tubing her, but no such luck today. He came out this afternoon and did a rectal exam and found some dry, hard balls of manure. She got her colon irrigated and we did a nasogastric tube, which she did not appreciate so much, but did really well considering zero sedation. We had a pile in addition to what Chatham pulled out about an hour or so after he left, which is good. She still isn't keen on eating or drinking. I may have to pick up some molasses to entice her.

Through this whole thing her heart rate has stayed right around 30 and she hasn't rolled other than when I have hosed her off. Definitely a-typical for a colic, but I guess the good news is it shouldn't be a strangulation, displacement, or. anything else requiring surgery. I just hope her appetite and thurst return. She did appear more interested in water yesterday afternoon and this morning, but she isn't hogging the salt block like usual.

I'm hoping she moves past this quickly. She's 24 and has been in excellent shape, not even a hint of arthritis. Absolutely the best walk/trot pony you could ask for. She has been known to be a picky eater, however, which probably is not working in her favor.

In less concerning news I worked Cinnamon twice this week and propped my phone on the mounting block for video (if I planned ahead better I'd pull out the video camera and tripod.

I blabbered more over on [livejournal.com profile] equestrian, but here's the trimmed video.



Maybe by the end of the year I can have her going decently.

I worked Tru-D this week and she did awesome. She's picking up things quick and very respectful. I introduced the crupper and she had more issue with the plain rope under her tail to introduce the concept more than the crupper itself.

I'd write more, but children climbing on me.
lantairvlea: (lantair look)
How long did it take for me to load up Tru-D in the horse trailer today for the second time ever?

[Poll #2004537]

If you're curious )
lantairvlea: (zetahra)
We don't have all the answers. Who knows when it started. There is nothing we could have done because she gave no sign.

The cardiologist couldn't see everything he needed from their ultrasound videos and images nor from the x-ray so he came out and did a thorough exam. I am glad I didn't go for the appointment as it was going to be 11:30, then 1:30, and when I called at a twenty 'til three they were still in examining her. The cardiologist was far from punctual. They called me back shortly thereafter and I talked with Dr. A, the one that Chatham had recommended and we worked with yesterday.

It isn't good news. She is experiencing failure on the left side of her heart and the right side is going as well. They couldn't find any active infection, but with the hypertrophy on the left side it was something started months ago, not just two and a half weeks, or even three. The best guess at this point is she had some infection that reached her heart, be it parasites, fungal, bacterial, or viral and she fought it off, but not before it damaged her heart.

Other than when this started I can't recall her being sick a day. Not a single day. What a tough girl. Almost too tough in this case.

She didn't have any defects in the heart so it wasn't congenital or genetic. That said, after talking with Chris I don't think we're in a place to breed for another foal right now. One, Hope sold Hedzer a year ago and he's somewhere in California I think. Two, going through the "what-if's" until it is on the ground and setting up again for a foal and everything ... it just isn't the time right now. I am sure it would be a nice foal, but I am in no way ready even thinking of doing it all over again over the next five years (wouldn't breed until next Spring).

Dr. A gave some options. We could bring her home and have Chatham do it. We could do it there. We could try Lasix and see if that helped, but it would be a temporary solution. It might give us some months, but it would be as a pasture pet with 2-3x daily doses of Lasix. That, I think, woukd be a terribly selfish choice. I did go ahead a dose of it today to see if it did at least help bring her heart rate down and make her more comfortable. She isn't really uncomfortable, though. Apparently she was super good during the exam and the intern that was there yesterday has been smitten and was taking the news pretty rough too. Dr A said some of the workers had braided her hair and have just been loving on her. I am sure she is eating up the attention.

I was doing okay until the call. I've been crying off and on since. Unhooking the trailer was hard. Feeding the herd tonight was hard. Putting out the food for the morning was hard. Putting Ruby's food in the stall that was initially intended for her, but Z took over was hard. Knowing that Z is the only ome Ruby likes being stalled next to is hard.

There are going to be a lot of hard things in the coming days.

We go out tomorrow to say goodbye.
lantairvlea: (lantair look)
Words you do not want to hear around medical staff: interesting, curious, unusual.

We loaded up Z and took her to Chaparral Animal Hospital in Cave Creek. We made really good time, I didn't think we'd make the 10am appointment time, but we rolled in with a couple minutes to spare.

After signing in we took Z to the exam room and met with the vet. Zetahra did awesome walking into that dark, gaping cave of an exam room. It spiked her heart rate to 80+, but she stood well as the tech took her pulse, checked gut aounds and temperature. She was 102, but she did just have an hour and a half trailer ridein the heat. Her pulse dropped around 70 after a couple minutes and settled down around 60 a little while later.

The rectal exam didn't show up anything other than her colon has a lot of fluid in it. She was pretty liquid this morning, though she did have a couple pee spots, she had been a little dry the last couple days so seeing her urine output up was encouraging.

They tried to ultrasound her heart, but she is a lot denser than most so they had a hard time of it. They checked her belly and colon on both sides. Nothing obvious, but a couple things strange. They pulled blood and she came back perfectly normal (dang it Z), so her anemia has resolved at least. Small victories.

They did a belly tap, which she was pretty awesome for. She was pawing one of her front legs and Chris ended up holding it up. They used alcohol to help with the ultrasound and standing still plus things drippling down her legs made her slightly impatient. She responded by cocking a hind leg and holding herself up with two. Show-off.

The abdominal fluid was red and spun out with some red cells, white blood cells, but also perfectly average looking amber abdominal fluid. They ran an EKG and it came out well and surprisingly normal. The vet said she stood really well compared to most of their patients, they usually don't get that nice of a read-out. They have to use little clips that pinch the skin on the neck, shoulder, and I don't know where else as I was standing on the other side. A second vet came in to try for better ultrasounds of her heart. I have never clipped anything other than her bridlepath, but she didn't even blink when they trimmed up for the belly tap and behind her arm to see if they could get a better view. The alcohol usually does a prettt good job of depressing the coat so they can see through without clipping, but hers is especially thick aoparently. We got some good views after the trim and there is some concern about a possible leak between the two sides of her heart.

They recorded some video for a cardiologist to look at and we're going to do an abdominal X-ray to see if there isn't a hole in her diaphram causing a mild strangulation, unlikely since she isn't painful, but it could show other things as well.

We should hopefully have some answers this evening. I don't think they are going to be good ones, but I need answers.

We put her in a stall and she started eating the shavings. They brought her a flake of Bermuda that she started chewing on rather happily.

And we go from there.

Thank you for the comments last night and this morning. I will get around to replying.
lantairvlea: (zetahra)
Reading this evening. It sounds a lot like heart failure, specifically on the right side, apparently the left side causes other symptoms.

Increased heart rate, the edema, and other things are signs.

I feel like I've already lost her.

I feel like I've failed her.

I need to just go to bed.

Chatham comes out tomorrow morning for another blood draw.

Hopefully, maybe, the anemia is better. Hopefully that will help her heart rate come down and help it pump more efficiently and get rid of the edema in her chest and sternum.

I was getting hopeful too. The edema on the right had gone down some and then she's started in her hip across her thighs.

I want an answer, but now I am afraid. For her sake I want it sooner rather than later. For her sake I want this resolved quickly.

Four years old. She's four. There were supposed to be another twenty years or more. I'm talking like she's already gone. I need to stop and go to bed.

ETA: And then I wonder if Panda is here because I am losing her daughter. I am following my own advise now and going to bed. I wish Chris weren't closing tonight. Another hour before he is here.
lantairvlea: (zetahra)
The fecal egg count showed up nothing. We tested both Dakota and Zetahra and not a single thing that looked like an egg. We dewormed today to be on the safe side, especially since we flubbed doing it thia Spring (what an idiot...). So I get to watch the piles and see if we show up with any dead adults.

Ruby twarted my careful planning, though. She and Charm-N both take a syringe and thensome because they are 1800+. I did the firat one and dialed in the 750 for the second one, squirted it in and she promptly balled it up and spat it right back out. ARG! All in all I ended up 250 shy to do Panda's dose where I should have been about 500lbs over. We went with the Quest Plus which is Praziquantel/Moxidectrin if I remember right, mostly because it will get the encysted strongyles too and I don't think I have ever used that class before. I can see why too because it's expensive! It was $170 for ten syringes to do eight head (which would have been nine had Ruby not pulled her little trick!). Dover was having a sale, but waiting for it to deliver was another thing pkua ahipping and the fact the sale price was good for the first six only. The non-sale price was still $4 less than the place we picked them up from, but the lady over the phone had quoted me $11 and she was apparently looking at the wrong tag *grump.* So rather than the 19 mile one-way trip going to waste I bought them plus some probiotics because Z has been a little loose since starting the Red Cell.

This morning she was 59 (58 or 60 depending on where you wanted to count the last beat. A small victory! She has a good amoubt of edema still in her chest area and on either side of her sternum.

Chatham suggested starting to walk her twice a day and using some liniment on the edema. He said 5-10 minutes depending on how she tolerates it. We did ten this morning and she walked out pretty well. She was 71 right after the walk and after hosing and liniment and 10-15 minutes she was back down to 64, which has been her low the last two weeks (except for the odd one a week ago Saturday).

I was going to walk her this evening, but a storm blew in (FINALLY!) and it's raining. As it was I checked her pulse in the rain and I don't remember what it was, but I wrote it down. It was low, but not as low as this morning. She has been running around 68 in the evenings, but I think it was 64 this time.

We're going to pull blood Thursday and see where we are with her anemia. Chatham also suggested getting an ultrasound of her heart to see if anything else is going on there that could be affecting her recovery. He also suggested an EKG if that was inconclusive.

Here's praying for answers (and maybe a spontaneous recovery).

Nightmares

Aug. 8th, 2014 11:47 am
lantairvlea: (lantair look)
I woke up off and on last night dreaming that Appy went down hilk really fast. She lost complete motion in her hind end as well as the ability to regulate her bowels and bladder. It felt like a Saturday or Sunday night and obviously the vets weren't avaialble and when I did get her somewhere they were pointing at her belly masses saying they should take her into surgery and take care of that and I'm thinking, she's paralized and compromised and she's fifteen, she doesn't need surgery and recovery she needs to be released from this pain and suffering.

Needless to say I'll be asking the vet today during her routine exam if they have a recommended emergency clinic. I do have Chatham, but he is more large animal and I am not calling him at 3am on a weekend for issues with my dog.

And I am a bad horse owner. I don't remember deworming the herd this Spring. So when we get the results from Z's FEC on Sunday we'll be doing that. I plan on doing Dakota too because ahe isn't putting weight back on despite her teeth bwing done in April or May.

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