Saturday, May 24, 2008
This year we were a bit late in getting the horses their spring shots. Fredi has been doing double duty the past few months and couldn't take out the time any sooner to get it done. Everything went pretty smooth. As usual, I like to sit with Dr. Hachten and ask a few questions. He's been our vet since I was a little girl, and he is such a wealth of knowledge.
I told him Perry is on a regular deworming program, but she is still rubbing her tail. Doc says that those are external parasites, nothing a little head & shoulders anti-dandruff shampoo won't fix. What a great tip! I thought I would pass that along.
After Doc left, Fredi rode Orion who is an eight year old green broke horse that we somewhat recently acquired. The horse has been sitting for awhile, and it's time to get some training on him. O started out by trying to rear, and calling to the other horses. By the time Fredi was finished the horse was calm, quiet, and they were working on some nice looking spins. At first he wouldn't even lift a shoulder, by the time they were finished, he was moving and lifting his forehand quite nicely.
Orion is the horse in the picture, and Fredi wanted him to "smile" for the camera. Fredi was playing, but the play has a purpose. He likes to play with the horses mouths to get them more used to being handled around their mouths.
After O was cooled down Fredi hosed him and stood him tied for about an hour. He decided to get Perry hosed and tied for awhile too. Perry started to shake pretty bad. I thought maybe she was cold. It wasn't that warm in the barn, but it should have been warm enough. He threw a cooler on her and she still continued to shake. Her hair was warm to the touch, so we decided it must have been a reaction to the shots. I called Doc and he told me to giver her 10cc's of Banamine, and within 20 minutes she should be fine. I had the Banamine on hand and Fredi administered it to her, and just like Doc said 20 minutes later she was back to normal.
It turned out to be a really good day but I'm pretty tired from all the excitement. I'm trying to get a bit active to get my labor started. No such luck! Today I watched Fredi for hours while he was riding, teaching and training. I haven't had that much stimulation in awhile and it was fun!