Friday, April 27, 2018

Vets and Moving

Vet came out on Monday to recheck Bast's leg, and we decided to x-ray the stifle to make sure there was no break. What's a little money between friends, right?
Hay gurl, that's a nice lookin' stifle you got there...
Thankfully the x-rays looked very clear. No breaks or damage to the bony structures seemed evident. We got so lucky!
So we moved on to ultrasound...
We decided to ultrasound the hip instead of shipping him to a clinic to bust out the big diagnostic guns, but thankfully that also looked very clear. However, the ultrasound did show a ton of hematoma under the scrapes on the leg. Like, the inside of the leg looked like it was made of wadded up saran wrap in the images from all the hematoma build up.

Ugh. The vet says this explains all the swelling draining down the leg and resting in the hock at the moment.
Mmm jiggly hock.
Luckily, with no damage to the tendon connections or the bone, Bast has been cleared for limited turnout and lots and lots of hand walking to try to bring down the swelling. So far his turnout options have been limited, as he decided he might want to try testing fences again... However, I hatched a plan to fix his herd bound-ness.
Hint. It involves this magical contraption.
Yep. That's right! I found a new barn for Bast where he can be on stall board and hopefully have a healthier turnout for his brain. I moved him to the new place yesterday, and things went so smoothly for day one.
Y THO?
In fact, I am actually moving Bast over to Pig's barn. It'll be so nice to have both boys in the same place, and closer to my house by about 20 minutes! Plus, this barn has a ton of activity and kids which I think will help Bast settle in and get more experience. My other barn was just so quiet half the time, I think he thought everyone had been slaughtered by aliens.
"Hello new home!"
Though he came off the trailer snorting like a dragon, he also did it in a very civilized fashion. We only had one moment where he scooted around like a psycho (spooked by a galloping horse), but he calmed in hand quickly and never revved his adrenaline back up.

In fact, he was so chill the rest of the day. He really seems to like his new home.
I've literally never found him napping in a stall before. He was so comfortable here from the get-go.
Fingers crossed this will be a good move for him! While I will miss my awesome old barn, I need my horse to be happy so I can actually ride him. Maybe someday soon we'll be back in the land of perfectly groomed indoor rings with amazing mirrors. But for now, we're gonna go with serviceable amenities and really delightful atmosphere.

Today we try him in an individual paddock turnout, and I hope he relaxes and enjoys his time outside.
Goodbye fancy barn, hello happy barn.

27 comments:

  1. Ah it's always a good sign when they relax straight away, that's when you know they are happy!

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  2. He looks calm and happy there. I hope it works out and how nice to have both boys together. Maybe Pig can teach him a thing or two

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  3. oh COOL it will be easier to have both the gentleman (ha) at the same place for you and I do think Bast needs structure (Some horses need this a lot, Remus for all his chillness LOVES his stall and does not like being 24/7 turnout and makes his feelings known). I hope this helps with a lot of Bast issues. And so glad no real lasting damage from him attempting to jump the moon (the fence)! Hope he settles in (or continues to settle) love seeing him napping in his stall!

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  4. Glad to hear there is no serious damage from his fence escapade! It sounds like you have a great plan going forward to help Bast (and you!).

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  5. I bet this helps a lot. I've had a couple horses that were just absolute morons, to the point of being dangerous to themselves, in big pasture turnout at a barn like that. It's like their brains just can't handle that much freedom lol, they get feral.

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    1. Yep, exactly this. He was so sensible and careful with himself on field board, I really thought he'd do it. But, I guess he's still too immature when it comes to confidence and relationship building.

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  6. Hopefully a stall with fluffy shavings is more to his liking, and the feral horse will be no more.

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  7. It's Bast's world, we just live in it! lol

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  8. Love your plan. Glad that you got good news from the vet. Wishing you much future success!

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  9. He looks like a happy boy, napping so cutely. Hopefully he is a changed man in this new place!

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  10. I have my fingers crossed for you that everything continues to go smoothly at the new barn :) I'd love to have both of my guys in the same place, it will be so fun for you!

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    1. It's pretty much a dream to see them together!

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  11. Yay! Hopefully this does the trick for him!

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  12. Hopefully all goes well with the new barn! Such a good sign that he was laying down and snoozing. I love it when they feel comfortable enough to do that. And SUCH good news that nothing was wrong with his stifle!

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  13. lol are you wearing the Mary's Kastel sunshirt in that photo? Also yay I hope the new barn is a great fit for Mr Bast and he calms the fuck down (and gets better)

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    1. Lol yep! I've had it since Indiana!

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  14. Seems like it was a good fit for both of you!

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  15. Good plan! I'm sure it will be great to have them at the same place and hopefully a new living situation works well for Bast.

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  16. Happy > Fancy for right now! Maybe Happy and Fancy will get to be equivalent later. And the boys get to be together!

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  17. Yay! It's nice he's so relaxed at Pig's barn!

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  18. I'm glad he seems to be settling. Individual turn out, a regular routine, and lots of activity should do wonders for his brain. So happy the imaging revealed no catastrophic injuries. I've been thinking of him since your fence post...

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