It takes a village to care to for a horse.
My village lately has been a village of one. Paula.
Here she is with her beautiful boys…Impressario and Legend…
Aren’t they stunning? The photo is courtesy of Bert, my dangerously talented photographer husband.
I was at the barn this morning, in the dark. I can’t use my flashlight too much around Now Voyager because he’s convinced it’s alive and scary. Funny old horse.
So NV and I were playing in the arena in the dark.
I was trying to make out just how much he was limping.
He was wondering why I’d taken off his warm blanket in the 40 degree pre-dawn and was asking him to trot around at such a strange time of day.
See, it’s good for a horse to keep moving, even if they’re sore. Well, as long as you’re not dealing with a torn ligament or tendon. The circulation in their legs is not ideal in the best of circumstances. And they need circulation to heal.
I try to find the balance between enough movement to facilitate healing and enough rest to facilitate healing.
He moved about the same as Tuesday – ouchy enough.
I’d brought my thermos of boiled water with which to dissolve the epsom salts. Once I lowered the temperature to not-scalding, Now Voyager put his hoof in the bucket.
I swear he sighed. It was a weary sound full of resignation. Such a trooper.
After soaking comes wrapping. But to do this you really need vet wrap.
Vet Wrap is a support wrap without the need for pins, clips or additional bandages. It stays in place by sticking to itself and it is sheer brilliance for wrapping horse parts.
I was saddened to find that my supply had run clean out. And can you imagine the local feed store doesn’t open until – oh I don’t know – 7am or so? Not early enough for me!
It’s critical to keep Now Voyager’s hoof soft and soaking in a poultice to help draw out the abscess. Hence the need for the wrap.
I was seriously bummed. Distraught, actually.
And then I left a note for Paula on the white board.
“Hi Paula, this is Now Voyager. My mom is a goofball and ran out vet wrap so my foot is not going to heal. Help please.”
Paula called me at work and left me the most wonderful message.
“Don’t worry, I packed and wrapped NV’s foot and he’s all good.”
THANK YOU PAULA! From the very bottom of my heart. You truly are a guardian angel.