Up in the air

My index finger on my left hand no longer bends without pain.  This is from mangling it in the stall door last October/November. I can’t remember now.

This winter has been difficult. Ava was getting better, but in February came up lame again. I can’t seem to control her food enough to get the weight off her. Not unless I starve poor Jessie. So as soon as the ground thawed some, hubby and I built Ava her own paddock/dry lot.

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We spent 6 hours on Saturday building the framework. I hurt in places I’d forgotten existed. I begged the hubby to delay putting up the metal portion until the following day because my arms felt like rubber.

Next day, we spent 2 hours getting drenched in frigid temps to finish the fence. Welll, hubby was drenched. I had a rain coat, but still, it was miserable. We should’ve just finished it the previous day.

My procrastination foiled me again.

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The finished product is working fantastic. I’m able to control Ava’s feed to a T. Ava seems quite happy with her little plot of land.

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I also had the vet out last week to draw blood for IR and Cushings to see if there’s a metabolic issue at play with Ava. Plus, Ava’s got a mean case of thrush, and nothing I’ve tried has gotten rid of it. Vet gave me some stuff to squish in there, but Ava’s decides she’s over it and that she’ll just jump on me instead. Luckily I had my trusty hoof pick and poked her in the shoulder before she could complete her evasive maneuvers. Still managed to twist my mangled finger around though.

I also had Joys hoof x-rayed (the club foot). Vet said a Grade 1.5 to 2 out of 4 on the severity scale, but it’s manageable with proper hoof care. Part of me worried that inside that hoof was a right mess… I felt better after the x-ray.

Amazing what can change in a few days.

March 5th:

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March 9th:
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