Cold, again

The roof extension on the barn-just in time.

The roof extension on the barn-just in time.

I hate cold weather.  It is why I live in the south.  I am originally from Denver.  Why would I choose to live here if I could live in beautiful Colorado?  Because I hate to be cold.  I hate snow.  I hate temperatures really under 60 degrees.

It is mid-April.  If I am expected to pay my taxes, I expect the weather to be gentle in return.  We have had some beautiful south Texas spring days but suddenly in the course of an hour or so, we went from balmy, warm to bone-chilling cold.  And I have mentioned I don’t like that?

One of the ladies that purchased our pony, Mimi, had a horse fall with her several weeks ago.  She was hospitalized for several days and now has a hardware store of screws and pins in her leg.  She learned today what a fall in barometric pressure feels like in broken bones.  It was not good.  My body aches on good days. On a day like this when the barometric pressure just drops away, put me to bed and wake me when it rises.

As long as I am complaining, I want to mention my horse’s blankets.  All the horses have a little wardrobe consisting of light weight sheets, medium and heavy weight blankets.  Bruno’s blanket could be used as tent for several boy scouts, it is that big.  I am particular about my blankets.  I have two Weatherbeetas (that is a real name) brand turn-out blankets we bought for Mickey and Kid in 2003.  I wash them, mend them and store them each year.  Yes, they have lasted nine seasons.  I had ordered replacements this year (moving to Rambo brand blankets and hoping they last as long).

I had already washed and dried each horses multiple blankets (sending a lot of water through our septic system).  They have to washed one at time.  If I try to take them to the laundry mat, the owner runs me off at the door.  She knows how tough horse blankets are on a washer.  All had been stored in the little green shed behind the house, in plastic bins with each horse’s name on them for next year.  It is a long process to get everything clean but we were done for this season.

We are headed to a show this weekend so we have been studying the weather.  It will be 47 degrees tonight and 40 degrees tomorrow! Everyone has their own blanket rules but ours is-if it is under 50 degrees we blanket.  I am not getting the washed blankets dirty!

We went on a scavenger hunt of sorts.  Trying to figure out what blankets we had in the tack room or not “put away” that each of the four horses could use for what I am sure (please, God!) is the last cold front of the season.  Well, we didn’t have another plan for Bruno.  Lauren went and retrieved Bruno’s old (yet, clean) blanket from the shed.  She got one from the miscellaneous blanket box that used to be Snowboy’s that wasn’t washed this year.  Kid will wear that.  It might be a little short on him, but it will be okay.   Mickey had an extra mid-weight blanket in the tack room that I had missed in my obsessive clean-up (thank goodness).  That left Feather with nothing but clean blankets to wear.  We decided since she would be at a show this weekend, we would break out the new blanket.  She would not have a chance to get it dirty and it would  look nice at the show.

With everyone now blanketed for the night, I am especially grateful we got our new roof extension completed.  The driving force behind the extension was to provide shade during the blistering summer months and it will but tonight it is keeping the rain driven by strong northern winds from blowing into the stalls.  Standing in front of the stalls the weather is almost bearable with a jacket, turning into the unprotected corner with the northwind  blowing, let’s just say this southern transplant girl is not at all happy!

Unveiling Bruno’s hoof-A Bruno Story

As Bruno's hoof was being stitched on Monday.

As Bruno’s hoof was being stitched on Monday.

Maybe one day you will be able to read this blog without pictures of bloody hooves.  I truly hope that comes to pass.  For now, it is our subject matter.  The picture above was the last I saw of Bruno’s hoof before it was bandaged at the vet.

We had instructions to unbandage it today and we also needed to re-bandage his ‘bad’ hoof.  Equipped with new, sharper bandage scissors, Lauren tied up Bruno and got ready to see how the hoof was doing.  It was obvious from watching Bru in the stall that the foot hurt.  He was favoring it.  The minute Lauren got close to it, Bruno would swing the hoof up and away.  Horse’s back feet are dangerous under good circumstances, hurting hooves should be avoided.  So, I picked up his front hoof with the theory being, with one hoof up, Bruno would be hard-pressed to kick out with his other foot. 

It worked pretty well.  We took it slow.  Lauren cutting through the layers of bandage.  Finally, it was ready for the unveiling. It looked way better than when I saw it last!  The stitches were holding the wound together well.  It looked clean and was not draining.  However, you can see from the picture (yes another hoof picture-but not really bloody)  the side that is cut is swollen to three times the size of other side of the hoof.

Looking so much better!

Looking so much better!

Okay, so maybe it still is horribly deformed but way better than shooting blood.  Then Lauren unwrapped his ‘bad’ hoof.  I was afraid it had gotten wet with blood or liquids during the whole Bruno-tries-to-bleed-to-death ordeal but we took off the surgical plate covering the hoof and it looked to be overall-dry.  In fact, it looked like more, strong healthy hoof had grown since I had seen it last.  The hole continues to close.  It still has a way to go on the side but it is growing down.  We will see what the A&M vets think on Monday.  Of course, first we will have to explain why the horse they fixed is now seriously lame on another foot.  Not sure how they will handle that!

Bruno's hoof oon Dec. 31st

Bruno’s hoof on Dec. 31st-note the gap (space) between hoof and shoe

Bruno's hoof today day 77 after surgery.

Bruno’s hoof today day 77 after surgery.

At least this is definitely a positive!  Yay, Bruno (and thanks to Lauren for all her hard work keeping him clean, doctored, and well).