Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Cooler Weather Coming, and Snotty Nose

It's been hot for us - 90s with the heat index.  Even if the horses would be OK - and they wouldn't be comfortable, I'd be hot, and sweaty and not having much fun.  So we've been doing very little riding over the past week.  Today, finally, with some rain and storms, the temperature's beginning to come down, although it's still very humid.

All four horses had short walk/trot rides today - we're all building our fitness back up.  Missy and I spent some time working on her softness - I'd noticed some bracing when leading/turning was showing up and wanted to get that nipped in the bud.  She responded very quickly - it was a case of my not paying attention to her starting to brace when being handled.

More coming on that . . . on the subject: never release on a brace.

Dawn is on SMZs for two weeks after an episode of snotty nose.  She had a goopy, bad - nasty, rotten - smelling discharge from her left nostril for several days. Could be a sinus infection, could be a tooth problem - the upper molars have their roots just adjacent to the sinus cavity and an abscess can break through to there.  Then, after the bad smell went away, she still had a goopy nose for two more days.  She'll be on the SMZs for two weeks to be sure anything that's in there is dealt with.  She's due for a dental follow-up this month anyway - her teeth are always an issue - so we'll check thing out and be sure she doesn't have (yet another) fractured tooth going bad.

She's eating well, but she was very crabby - cross and biting but no fever - just before the goop started.  So there may have been a tooth abscess brewing . . .

Working on a post on braces, bracing and what that feels like in your hand/leg/seat . . .

7 comments:

  1. Dawn must be feeling miserable. Hope she's better soon.

    It's been in the 90's here and so humid the horses don't feel like doing anything but hanging out in the sheds under the fans. I am waiting for this weather to cool down some before riding again.

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    1. We're cooler today for the first time in over a week - it's delightful and I hope it continues.

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  2. My PJ...passed away now...had an abscessed tooth and the symptoms matched Dawn's. He did have to go for surgery to have it removed. Got a bit complicated with that, but he was just fine afterwards.

    Hope all is well with Dawn.

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    1. I suspect it is an abscessed tooth. The SMZs have taken care of it - another 4 days to go of that. I'll probably have the veterinary dental surgeons out to take some x-rays soon - she's due anyway for a check up.

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  3. Snotty noses are yucky and can be frustrating as it seems like the list of possible causes can be endless.

    It got hot again here as well the last few days. The rain moved through last night and it was a really nice day today, hopefully this will continue.

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    1. We've got a whole string of cooler days coming - yeah to that!

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