which led to...

this week, 
   Ebony had discharge from both nostrils.
Then his feet started to get ouchy.

We pulled him in,
threw four bags of shavings more
into his shed.
He stood there, then laid down, then stood.

As a horseman, you just know when something is not right.

I called up Dr. Randy,
being the wonderful vet he is,
he came out as soon as he was able.

After he listened to his lungs,
he looked up at me and said
"this is weird, he's making an effort to breathe in, but the exhaling is not such an effort"

He right away recommended Antibiotics,
as this was a bacterial infection
wondered if this started out as Asthma, and turned into something worse due to Eb's immune system.
The wildfire has brought up lots of new things that havent grown here,
and its been raining every week - odd for here, except no fires! -
then theres the "elephant in the room" 
-the fact that Ebony stood in a wildfire for 8 hours-
He's also on the chubby side, and we have been working on reducing his weight.
In fact Dr Randy noticed he did drop weight, so we were on the right track up to now.
You see, he loves to eat. 
But we wont let him eat 
all. the. things.
in fact even being this sick,
he still held onto to his appetite.
and then theres the factor that hes alone.
Horses need friends, they are prey social animals
We are trying to find him a suitable roommate
that Mr. Foresterman can ride.
And, well,
its not that easy...


We are going to put him on trihist too and see if it can help.

Then it was on to his feet.
Dr. Randy felt the pulse in each one.
I waited quietly.
"not much really there (a pounding pulse is bad), that is good"
I exhaled in relief.
Then he brought out his hoof tester, which looks like a blunt ice pick.
Picking up Eb's front feet,
he pinched each front hoof.
I winced.

Eb didnt react, except for one spot
"looks like we caught it just in time"
I smiled.

bacterial lung infection + mild laminitis=ouchy feet.

No pasture for two weeks.
some drugs for pain.
Then ease him back on,
in 1/2 hr increments.
I can keep him on the time allotment/diet I have him on,
but consider a grazing muzzle
if there is no discharge from sinuses.
File his feet between trims.

we can do this.


So then the rest of the time was us standing around in the paddock,
With Dr. Randy telling us about his senior rescue goat that didnt make it  :(
(yes, he really is that great a guy!)
which led to
us talking about looking for the right person to sell us the right horse
which led to
why the heck dont people at least vaccinate for Rabies
which led to
why dont people worm either?
which led to
Dr Randy telling me about how the round worm, if not controlled beginning when a horse is young,
will shorten their life span as they age by literally leaving plaques in their arteries
especially affecting their gut-
until one day their intestine twists,
and they die
which led to
proper health maintenance, WHY DONT PEOPLE DO THAT?
which led to
finding a decent farrier which Dr. Randy had some good leads,
which led to
personal hoof trimming - doing it on our own stories
which led to
Ebony getting restless and mouthing Dr. Randys watch
which led to
a horror story about a woman who fed her horses by hand with treats (guilty as charged!)
which led to
her having part of her chest reattached after a stallion went looking for treats in her pocket
which led to
me swearing "I will never feed a horse a treat by hand again" while clutching my chest
which led to...

well, you get the idea.

As this was all going on, our patient was slowly getting impatient,
and was very slowly
inching his face into the conversation,
even as our conversation huddle would move over a step.
We did this three times.
Ebony would take a step in the circle so his head was always in the circle.

I think he was trying to tell us that it was all about him,


We think at this time the patient will live,
with proper care, will be sound enough to ride again one day.

its been a long week.

Thank you for reading, and being patient with me, blogger friends!



  1. glad you caught it. zim foundered on me one spring. from then on, he gets put up each night in a paddock by the barn to keep him from eating 24/7.

    i hope you can find baby a suitable bud, soon.

  2. Oh I think Ebony is the luckiest horse in the world to have you, and you him.I have to meet this doctor Randy he sounds awesome. BTW you can share my tray of sushi any time. Here is to a great stressless slower week for both of us. Xxoo hug B

  3. Oh, I'm so glad you have Dr. Randy at your beck and call!! I do hope that Ebony starts improving right away, so that you and Mr. Foresterman won't be worrying. Give the boy a hug for me anyway, cause I'm a fraidy cat when it comes to those big animals!!

  4. agree with Buttons, minus the sushi. care of ill animals - holding breath ALL the time, fingers crossed so hard they fuse. Your horse is in the best hands sound like to me. Horses are incredible, forgiving mostly- I tried to give Penny an injection one time and hit an artery- oh shit! I will never try that again. That was a vow made about 30 years ago, held to it! Thinking of you and Ebony in the best possible light.

  5. Oh dear the dreaded laminitis. I think you expected it after his trauma didn't you? Well done for picking it up so quickly. Hope he responds very quickly. Have you thought about the rescue organisations for a new horse? I'm getting two companion ponies from a local one over here (uk)in a fortnight - very small so I'll be on laminitis prevention management - but I know some offer great riding horses.

  6. Good luck with your horsey! Hopefully he'll be all better soon, good thing you caught it early.

  7. Aw. So glad for your baby that you were on top of things! The fire is taking its toll. Hopefully soon you will have relief and things will slide up. Thinking about you and sending prayers...you are one tough cookie. And a great horse owner! Have a great weekend. And beautiful pics!

  8. Sounds like the fire caused some seeds to open, and with the rain, they are growing and blooming. If there is a positive side to fire, I guess that would be it. Poor Ebony, I hope that he feels 100% really soon. He's lucky to have you as his Mom!

  9. Poor Ebony, he's been through so much! I hope he gets better soon. And never did I think there could be so many obstacles to getting a horse.What's wrong with people not taking care of their animals? Finally, I appreciate your humor shining through in the telling of this story, even though I know how worried you must be about your Baby.

  10. Your Ebony is so blessed to have people who REALLY care. So many animals are treated so badly and/or neglected. Your vet sounds like a super good one. Here's hoping your horse friend heals quickly and that you can soon find him a new friend.

  11. oh how I love this story . . THANK YOU for sharing with us.
    I hope soon and very soon Ebony adopts a terrific friend . .
    And i hope he is well soon.

  12. Ebony is a lucky horsie to have you for his mom! That's funny about him sticking his head into the conversation circle, it IS all about them sometimes! I hope he gets to feeling better soon and that ya'll can find him a good roommate. :)

  13. oh, yes, lucky ebony! good for you to keep such a close eye on him. thank you. thinking of all of you.

  14. Hope Ebony gets better soon. God you have a nice vet...

  15. Ugh. Poor Ebony. We use the grazing muzzles all spring and most of the fall too when the grass rebounds. Make sure you get one of the good ones. They are life savers.

  16. I am so glad that you are so observant and caught the changes so quickly. I am betting Ebony is back on top of things soon... wanting OUT of the stall!

  17. Well I do hope Ebony is better soon and can find a new friend. One that meets all your wants and needs. Keep looking that perfect guy is out there.

  18. My horses are completely off pasture- since the second week of June- I'd rather pay for hay than have to deal with founder. Hope Ebony is ok!

  19. Correction- since the second week of July!!!

  20. Was Ebony channeling Jerry Lewis when he demanded his snacky?
    Sounds like he's going to be fine -- although it will be alot of work for you two.

  21. I hope Ebony feels better soon and you find him his new friend.Horse shopping is so tough...if only they could talk LOL.


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