Dawn is healing up well. The cuts on her neck are healing nicely, and the swelling there is almost gone. I think the hematomas on her left side between her front legs have reached their maximum size and are much less sore - it may take them a while to go away but they don't seem to be bothering her much. Here are a couple of pictures from this morning:
If time and weather permit this afternoon, I may pop on her bareback and do a little walking around - we won't do much strenuous work until she's fully healed, and I hope to also have our chiropractor work on her.
After much thought and soul-searching, I've decided to permanently retire Maisie. Melissa and Jason of Paradigm Farms have graciously agreed to allow Maisie to relocate to Tennessee to live at their horse retirement paradise, where she'll be reunited with Lily and also join our Norman. Melissa and Jason are people whose standards of horse care are probably higher than my own, and I know that she'll be well-cared for there. Being able to move around 24/7 will be great for her legs, and the warm-season grasses down there will be far less likely to cause her problems with laminitis than the cool-season grasses that have bothered her here two years in a row. The plan is for her to travel down there towards the end of September. I will miss her terribly - particularly her sweetness and the signature snuff-a-whuff, but will visit from time to time, and enjoy the thought of her enjoying her remaining years in comfort and ease - and without our terrible winters!
This will mean some changes in my horse life . . . more about that later!