|Thank you so much for the photos!|
This week has been hectic and stressful. Unfortunately, I was on the phone with the vet earlier in the week, because Harley was not feeling well. He was going off his feed and acting like his tummy hurt. Harley has never colicked before and only refused dinner when he was ill last December. The vet came out and did an exam. He was bright-eyed and social by the time our vet arrived. Nothing like presenting a perfectly healthy and happy-looking "child" to the doctor, although I am not complaining! We are not really sure what the problem was. He could have had a low-level colic, was having trouble with the heat, as it has been unseasonably warm here, or something else which is not obvious at the moment. Of course, we will all be keeping an eye on him and I am happy to report that he has been eating his dinner voraciously since his exam. I can't help feeling nervous about it, but I am confident that Harley will let me know if something is not right. When I was wondering if I should call the vet and asked this question aloud, Harley started raising his head and neck high in the air and doing the Flehmen response over and over again. It was not your typical "Look at me. I am cute." behavior, it was definitely more like "Look at me. I am acting weird, so you notice that I do not feel normal." My vet trusted my judgement. She said that I know my horse and he knows that I will listen to him.
Thankfully, the vet's visit was positive and yielded unexpected delight. She was raving about Harley's weight. She said that he is a "6"! What?! I think that she was being overly generous, because she knows how difficult it has been to get him to put on weight. Between his teeth, his metabolism, and his high-energy personality, putting condition on him has not been easy. I never in a million years thought that my horse would gain weight over the winter. That alone tells you how mild our weather was this year. The downside is that we barely had a hard-freeze, so there are a lot of plants and other organisms that simply did not die or go dormant. Pollen, fungi, and other pesky critters will probably be a problem early this year. I have already found a couple ticks on Harley and his paddock mate is having some issues with his skin, probably from the persistent mud and the microbial life which it is certainly housing. Let's just say that the vet was very busy during her barn visit. As a teacher, I know what it is like to be bombarded with questions, but even I was amazed by how my vet just takes everything in stride and at the end of an already long day. I do not think that I could do her job. There are no "breaks" when you are a vet, especially when you have your own business.
|Who is this round pony? Looking good, Mr. Harley!|
Looking good Mr. Harley. Glad he's feeling better and the vet saw him. With our unusual weather I think the horses aren't up to their normal selves just yet. I was thinking about all the flies,mosquitoes and other annoying pests we're in for this year too. Time for the fly predators, I guess.ReplyDelete
This winter has been funky, to say the least. Good idea.Delete
Any possibility he has ulcers? Colic is always scary - glad he seems to be OK now.ReplyDelete
That could be a possibility, which I discussed with my vet. If mealtime tummy problems become habitual, we will probably pursue treatment just in case that is the cause. The only thing is, now that he has finally put on weight, he really does not look like a horse with ulcers, but it is still on the radar.Delete
Looking really good :) Sorry about the scare of him not feeling well, that is always nerve wrecking. You were right to listen to him, better safe than sorry. I know that doesn't always ring true after the vet bill, lol ;)ReplyDelete
Definitely. I do not think the vet bill will be too bad this time.Delete
wow, i think he looks great, winter or not! and my guys do the same thing all the time - i call the vet, he gets there and they suddenly look just fine. it's like, i'm happy you're feeling better, but you're making me look bad, you know ;-) glad it was nothing too serious. i think this freaky weather has them all a little out of sorts, but hopefully we'll all have an uneventful spring :-)ReplyDelete
This weather has been pretty strange. Hopefully, that was it!Delete
Yay chubby Harley!ReplyDelete
You two look adorable together, kudos to the photographer.
We have been lovingly calling him "Fat Boy". ;)Delete
Glad to hear Harley is feeling better. It's great when you have one that lets you know when things aren't quite right.ReplyDelete
I guess I'll take bugs and pollen over one after another winter storms, although moderation on both counts would be ideal wouldn't it?!
You two are a great pair - nice pictures. :)
I love that last shot of you two. He looks great and you look so happy. What a perfect pair!ReplyDelete
Sorry to hear that Harley was under the weather, but I am glad that he seemed to bounce back. The change between seasons can be hard on our horses especially when the temperatures keep fluctuating. We've been going from high 70s back to the 40s. Poor ponies! First they have too much hair and then not enough. I'm certainly ready for some steady weather.ReplyDelete
It got so warm my boys got a heat fungus or something. I sprayed and have been busy, busy brushing them out as I did not shave them this winter. I learned that one should never wear lipstick or chap stick to the barn when brushing out horses winter coats... it wasn't pretty:) You both look great.ReplyDelete