On 9/15 I felt that Rio’s right hind wound (the site of the spider bite and splint bone fracture) had filled in with enough new tissue that I discontinued the use of SSD, which is amazing for forming new tissue but can also get carried away and cause proud flesh if used for too long. In it’s place, I started using PES Derm that I had already been using on his left hind. Amazing Vet also brought by her practice’s laser on Monday 9/18 and it renting it to me so I can do daily treatments on both wound sites.
This past weekend I spent 2 days at the beautiful Texas Rose Horse Park cheering on my barn family. Rio may be home living the life of a pasture puff, but I still enjoy horse shows and cheering on my team mates. It was a lovely time, and a lot of success was had by everyone on the team!
If you haven’t yet, you may want to start by reading my last vet update, which included pics of Rio’s surgical sites up until that point.
Let’s start with the RH (original site of spider bite wound and where he broke his splint bone which is what required surgery). We are still treating it with SSD and wrapping every day or every other on occasion.
If you read my blog on the reg, you will know that Scotti (MM’s horse) is Rio’s bestie. They have a serious bromance going on. Since Rio has been out of commission for a bit, and probably will be for another month or so, I’ve been begging rides. You guys have all met Clark the super horse, but he is going to be at show this week with his real mom. I am super extra lucky though, because Scotti is staying home from the show, so we get to keep each other company. MM let me ride him on Saturday and jump him for the first time. We don’t know each other very well yet, but he was super good, and tolerated my ammy mistakes amazingly for only being 5 yrs old.
Keeping the post short today- here is a lil short vid of Scotti and I!
Here’s the deal guys- we all have to agree not to show this post to Amazing Vet.
She mayyyyy have said Rio could start turnout, as long as he doesn’t run around like a wild man. He has basically gotten to the point where I can barely control him on the lead with all his antics, so we decided that for the sake of his mental health we needed to start turning him out some, in a small-ish enclosure. I TOLD him to behave but of course some playing was inevitable, so now I get to share all the adorable photos and video with you guys- just don’t show my vet!
First of all. HUGE THANK YOU to all of you. I feel so much better after my last post- and have received so many incredible suggestions- of which I am exploring them all with Amazing Vet. Seriously, the outpouring of support has been amazing, and I am learning about new treatment options I have previously never heard of, which should make for some interesting blog posts in the future. I don’t want to go into detail about everything yet, because we are not 100% sure which treatments we will be using just yet, but I promise to keep y’all updated as it happens.
I’m going to be really honest. This post has taken awhile to write, and not all with dry eyes. Things are just not going well with Rio’s recovery. I am so incredibly disappointed. I can’t shake the feeling of having this unlucky storm cloud that just hovers over him constantly. When I found out he had broken his right hind splint bone and needed surgery, I actually took the news very well, and was able to keep a positive attitude. I felt confident for the first time in awhile that he would recover smoothly and that all this bad luck would soon be behind us. I mean- we have been through a lot already, how much more trouble can one horse get into? We have certainly filled our quota for at least a few years, right???
Wrong. Amazing vet is flummoxed about his poor healing- as am I. We are currently 2 weeks and 3 days post surgery (so more then a 1/3 of the way into the estimated recovery time) and both wound sites look terrible. Just terrible. Only proceed if you want to see graphic photos.
There are several tackrooms at my barn. One for the lesson program, 2 general ones for boarders, and one was dedicated to a specific trainer and her students. Well, that trainer has since left for greener pastures, so the tackroom became available. Our program currently has the most horses/boarders, so we were lucky enough to get to take over the empty space. Problem was, the other trainer who had it before us built the whole thing- and she took it with her when she left. So we had a shell of a room, but not much else. Working on a tight budget, we were able to complete the whole project under $250, and I am pretty dang pleased with how it turned out!
Although the room was empty, it did have a linoleum type flooring, and the walls were painted. We went to Lowe’s and purchased the following supplies:
1 x 6″ 8 ft sections (3) lumber to use as the anchors for hanging saddle racks: $10.12 ea ($30.36)
1 x 4″ 12 ft sections (4) to use as baseboards: $9.14 ea ($36.56)
1 x 12″ 8 ft sections of primed MDF boards for shelves and bridle rack (3): $16.62 ($49.86)
8 ft landscape timbers (3) for the saddle racks: $3.99 ea ($11.97)
Eye hooks, 6 pack (2): $6.20 ($12.40)
Stanley tarp/rope hook (12) for attaching saddle racks: $1.48 ea ($17.76)
Horizontal bike hook, gray (4): $1.18 ea ($4.72)
Steel shelf brackets, multipack w/ 5 (2): $17.48 ea ($34.96)
Wednesday evening I had a super fun ride on Clarkamas, aka Clarky, aka Clark Kent. I have decided this is a very apt name for him as he really is a superhorse. We have only jumped together twice before this, and we jumped around on Wednesday like old pros. It was SO FUN. I seriously cannot wait until Rio is ready to be doing the same kind of work.
So much of what I get to work on with Clark is going to translate over to my rides with Rio. I am still learning the “hunter” ride, and it is amazing to get a feel for it with Clark. Seriously, you just leave him alone. I am the worst at doing nothing. I tend to sit quiet then over ride the last 3 strides or so and mess things up. Clarky really just wants you to chill and trust him.
It seems that the key to Clark is getting a good quality canter, being patient during long approaches, sitting tall, and no touchy of the face. It felt so EASY when it all came together. Like, major light bulb moment. Stay patient and do not interfere you say? Who knew.
Of course this lovely jumping only comes after many months of solid flatwork, but it is nice to feel how things can come together when done correctly.
Rio loves me. I mean, why shouldn’t he? He has spent almost half his time in my care on some version of stall rest, so he barely ever has to work hard, he regularly gets groomed to the nines, and stuffed with carrots and cookies on the reg. Like, dream life for a horse basically (minus lack of turnout). I have added a new regimen to his pampering routine- massages. That’s right. These seem to have only increased his love for me. Unfortunately, (or fortunately?) his love may be borderline obsessive/stalker/creeper. But, I’ll circle back to this problem (or wonderful situation?).
About 6 months ago my hubby bought this hand held massager on Amazon. I tend to have a lot of back pain from my day job, and he also doesn’t have the best back ever. We LOVE it. We used it a TON in the first few months and wow, it really helped. I barely have any muscle tension/pain anymore, and we haven’t really used it in a couple months. I had the brilliant idea to bring it to the barn and use it on Rio. Rio has really taken to it, and seems to enjoy his massage time. Evidence in the vids below!
He always rock back and forth when I get to this one spot on his butt. It’s hilarious.
Along with Rio’s intense love of me comes his uber intense possessiveness. He’s like that boyfriend you had freshman year of college that what way too obsessed with you and constantly needed to know where you were, who you were with, and what you were talking about. He revels in my attention and can’t figure out why I would even look at another horse.
MM and I decided to try the massager on Scotti, who is stalled next to Rio. Here is my case in point of Rio’s creeper behavior:
Don’t see it yet? Look closer.
When I ignored him and continued giving my attention to Scotti, Rio tried a new angle (literally 😂).
Yup, he has now progressed to showing his teeth too.
My horse is a creeper. I’m cool with it. I actually like it. I’m one of those girls that kind of relishes in the obsessive “I LOVE YOU SO MUCH” relationships. My hubby, bless his soul, does not often indulge me in this kind of behavior. My chihuahuas show me love, but, they also love my husband. I may finally be getting the creeper/stalker attention that is my secret love language from Rio.
So, is your horse a creeper/stalker? Do you secretly like it?
For now, Rio is going to have to share me with Clark. I have some GREAT pics and vids of me jumping schooling him last night, but I will save those for my post tomorrow. #getexcited
**As usual, photo/vid creds go to MM. THANK YOUUUUUU**