Horses will be Horses

Hey everyone! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted an update. I’ve been lying low during all this COVID stuff and keeping mostly to myself. I do work in healthcare, so work has been weird, but it has been nice to maintain some sense of normalcy as well. The other nice part has been spending a ton of time with Rio. Since we got the ok to start walking under saddle we have been going on trail rides about twice a week. And when I say trail rides, I mean walking on perfectly manicured and mostly flat trails, so they are perfect for Rio’s rehab plan.

How beautiful are these trails?!

My friend Liana has been coming out some to trail ride with us. Although I am taking social distancing seriously, it’s nice to get to catch-up with a friend outdoors in beautiful weather. I invited her out this past Sunday. We planned on her riding Rio today and me riding my old retired eventer. Our plans sort of unraveled though when I realized I had forgotten Rio’s girth (and there are none at my mom’s place that would come close to fitting him) and then when we went to get the horses from the pasture we realized poor Pal had injured his eye. I’ll save that pic for the end of the post since it’s graphic and some people are squeamish. Essentially, about half his eyelid was ripped and hanging down in front of his eyeball.

The vet was called and Pal was secured in a stall with the eye cleaned and a fly mask in place, and then Liana played around on Rio bareback (since this dummy forgot a girth). She is 5’9 and looks like a CHILD on him. I was laughing so hard.

5’9 and her feet barley hang to the bottom of his belly!!

I mean, Rio is really fat right now, but he’s also 18 hands. He’s such a show horse that he was a total wiggle worm that acted like he didn’t know how to walk straight in the open pasture, but once she started walking him around the smaller paddock he seemed to realize it was like a small arena he was perfect. #goofball

The vet showed up super fast which was amazing. He got right to work on sewing Pal’s eyelid back on. Rio had to get put into a stall due to being too freaking friendly.

He makes the truck look tiny

 

I thought he was going to climb right in and go home with the vet

Rio is LOVING his Shoofly Leggins. Yes, he is missing one on his LH, but that’s on purpose. He has an old injury on the medial coronet band that was getting irritated from the boot. I need to try to find something to line the bottom with to help pad it. Thankfully, it’s a hind leg so he has his tail to help with those pesky flies, plus it’s only one leg to fly spray haha. I have been needing way less fly spray since getting the Shooflys.

The cutest blep ever
Yes, he is finishing off his favorite treat, aka a German horse muffin because of course his favorite treat would be an expensive ass one that almost never goes on sale
NOSE WRINKLES

 

Are you tired of adorable Rio pics yet? Me either, but unfortunately that’s all I have for today. He is doing so good though, and I’m so thankful that I can see him during all this and spend as much time with him as I want. I would have gone totally stir crazy without him and work throughout all this. Or I would be signing up for AA at this point. But back to Pal, he was perfect for the vet and his eyelid is all sewed back on now. Poor guy- 33 yrs old, this is the last thing he needed. Good news is the vet feels strongly that it will heal well, and he wasn’t concerned about infection. He gave him a shot of Exceed to be safe (a 4 day antibiotic) and hopefully that is all he will need. Other then that, he is getting bute for a few days to help with any discomfort.

Ok, that’s all I have for today. Don’t keep scrolling if you are squeamish and don’t like graphic pics! Sorry I am the worst and forgot to take post suture images.

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