Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Pie's Back! and Back In the Saddle Again

Pie and I had an uneventful trip back from Madison yesterday.  Everyone at the vet hospital seemed to really like him - the 4th year vet student in charge of him said that he was a "mellow fellow".   They had him up to a full food ration on the last day, and he didn't colic, so that's a good sign.  He's doing well so far, which is all I can hope for at this point.  They still don't know for sure what was/is wrong with him, although there's a list of likely possibilities, some of which are things that would eventually have poor outcomes.  All we can do for now is keep an eye on him - he may get/stay better or get worse, only time will tell.  I'm just glad to see my Pie face in his paddock and will enjoy every day I get to spend with him.

Today I rode Drift - Pie is supposed to get at least one more day off from riding and Dawn's about to come into heat - every time a gelding walks by her paddock she goes "Eee!" and strikes with a front foot and swishes her tail.  It's been about 10 days since my last ride - we had constant heavy rain the last week of September and then we had Pie's repeated colics and trip to the vet hospital to deal with.  For a horse that'd had a vacation, Drift was very good, although as I was leading him around setting up cones and poles I had to have a conversation with him about not putting the lead rope in his mouth - apparently his prior owner thought this behavior was cute and it crops back up from time to time.  He somehow managed a couple of days ago to scrape up the whole inside of his left hind, from hock down to pastern, but it was looking pretty clean and he was sound so he was good to go.  We think he may have rolled in his paddock - he often rolls all the way over - and gotten a leg through the board fence - it looked like that sort of scrape. We did lots of figure work and there wasn't a single balk on our upwards transitions, which was a first.  We also worked on activating his hind end - halt to trot and backing to trot transitions.

If Pie's continuing to feel well tomorrow, we may take a little hand walk on the trail, and then if all continues to go well, we'll take a short ride the day after.

21 comments:

  1. I'm glad Pie's back and I'm sure he is too. Wish they could have given a definitive answer about what's wrong with him though.

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  2. Pulling for Pie to be all over whatever ailed him, but it's kinda tough not knowing what it was.
    Chickory and Rio both think that lead ropes belong in their mouths. It's annoying!

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  3. I'm sure Pie is glad to be home. Fingers crossed that all stays well!

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  4. So glad to hear that Pie is home again Kate. Hopefully his condition was temporary, and he remains comfortable.

    Val also likes to mouth his lead rope. It usually seems this behavior is his way of saying he's just a little irritated... or impatient with me, being the slow human that I am. ;)

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  5. Glad Pie is home! I am sure he is happy to be home, too! I hope he stays better.

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  6. Yay Pie is home! So glad that he is doing okay. I hope everything is better!

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  7. I'm glad to hear Pie is home safe and sound. I'm sure you were hoping for a diagnosis, but I'm glad he's feeling better and hopefully it stays that way.

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  8. I'm pullin' for Pie. That sweet boy deserves good things.

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  9. So glad he's better and at home. How yucky to not have complete answers. I'm the type of person who wants to know - and I have a sneaky suspicion you are that way too. Good luck!

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  10. Yay! I'm glad Pie is home. I'm sure both of you are happy too. Keeping my fingers crossed that he continues to improve/doesn't do a repeat performance.

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  11. Glad to hear Pie is home, but too bad about no diagnosis. Hope hes over whatever was bothering him.

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  12. So happy to hear that Pie is back home. And I hope he continues to do well!!

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  13. So glad he is home, safe and sound. Hope it was just some mystery that has come and gone never to return.

    Smokey is very lippy and grabs his lead rope - but never when I'm leading him, that's definitely not allowed!

    I am working on shaping the behavior so I can get him to pick up things when I direct him to. Slow going, but it's coming.

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  14. Great advice... Live our life like our horses and enjoy each day to its fullest. I know you must be tucking worry away in the back of your mind, BUT it is always nice to rule certain things out as well. I hope the spreading out of the feeding works. Horses really aren't supposed to eat a lot at one time. Enjoy your first ride back on Pie!

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  15. When I saw your blog post headline all I could think was "YAY!!!" so: YAY!!!!
    Hope he continues to stay colic free. And that it was just "a bug"

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  16. Very glad to hear Pie is back! Hail to the returning hero!

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  17. I'm glad Pie's back home, I hope he stays well!!

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