Monday, September 10, 2007
Today as I pedaled my bike up the hill of our driveway, I dropped the chain. I had never done this before, rookie mistake! I got a new recumbant bike this year, since running hurts every part of me now, but the dogs need to run, so this has been a good thing. I run them early, before the heat and sun. The corn has turned mellow gold, and the tickseed a bright yellow daisy, peppering the banks of the creek. As I passed over the bridge, a gray crane burst from the water, into silent flight. Farther down the road, to a stand of walnut trees, my neighbors horses grazed. It's so pretty to me, where I live. Brutal is the heat of the summer, and last winter's ice storm knocked out the power for days, almost a week. But I am thankful I live in a peaceful place.
I have been doctoring my horse, he stepped on a nail. This is a new experience, doctoring a foot. Or was it?? My husband reminded me that when our child was an infant, he had to do the same thing to a borrowed horse that lived in our first victorian farmstead. I am so grateful the vet called me back yesterday, on a sunday, and told me I was doing some things right, and not to worry. To keep a horse's foot clean and dry is no easy matter. First you soak it in epsom salts. To do this, you must pour the salts in warm water until no more salt disolves. A saturated solution, the easy part is now done. Tricky part is getting the horse to stand there for 15 or 20 minutes without removing his foot, or dumping the bucket!
Today, as he knickered to me, I wondered if I would find a horse with a bandage on his foot! NO! He had removed his duct tape silver wrap I had so carefully fashioned the night before. But as I examined his foot, I felt a good sign, no heat!!! I was so happy!
This means the infection is gone, and healing is taking place. He isn't lame, I am so happy for this.
I am still sewing new bears for a mini update soon. Thanks to all of you for your visit to me here on the farm!