Cowboy, like Leah, loves to be alone. He has always been the omega in the herd, and is probably more confident and happy away from them. Here he is today, grazing.
Here he is yesterday, and you can see he is not standing as solid on his back as he was today.
Here is Shiloh bringing him back into the barn for me yesterday. Tumbleweed's nose is in the left hand of the photo. He hates to be left back in his stall.
I hand-walked Tumbleweed today, but he was getting too wound up, and I didn't want to aggravate his leg. It looks better, but you never know, and better safe than sorry. I'll increase his exercise slowly each day until I feel comfortable. In the meantime, I've given him his vaccinations and worming, and he has shoes being put on the day he leaves for training. I decided to have my farrier do it since he was scheduled to come that day anyway.
I also did bodywork on Leah, and she has had so much of it now with our practitioner, that she is an old pro. In fact, the practitioner is coming Saturday. But there's a lot I can do , and she loves it.
She still has swelling in her fetlock, but no heat. The heat went away the day after she showed up lame. The swelling is going down slowly. Since it's the leg that has permanent swelling from her yearling injury--before I purchased her she got her leg stuck in a cattle grate, and is lucky to be alive--but the permanent scarring makes it difficult to know what is new swelling and what is just her normal leg. I'll have to pull out some old photos and compare. In any case, she is one happy camper in her stall getting bodywork and lots of attention. She's in her happy place.
The mud is slowly starting to dry up because we've had temperatures in the 60s. Such a beautiful, yet dangerous time. My friend's horse coliced--inflamed intestines. He had to go to WSU and have surgery, and he appears to be doing better. But another of her horses has a mysterious lameness, and she made an appointment for an evaluation this week, but they canceled it due to being overwhelmed with colic emergencies.
I was thinking about spring--and all that comes with it--leg injuries, abscesses, vaccinations, Coggins tests, colics, births of foals and calves, and spring silliness issues (what am I forgetting)--I assume every vet is in full-on-emergency mode.
Everything is stable here, and looking up. Salt blocks, meds, bodywork, constant vigils, exercise, stall rest, a little bubble wrap...and a whole bunch of prayers to get my herd through this spring transition.