I’m just going to do a short summary here – I’ve been horribly busy with work and other commitments, but I really need to get this down!
On Thursday, the EP came out again to take a look at Bruce’s hooves. I wasn’t sure if she’d do a trim, as it had only been three weeks since her last visit, but she did as his hooves have changed shape quite dramatically.
She put a bevel on the hooves, dug out the seedy toe a little more, and tidied the feet up. She also sold me some foam pads, and told me what size hoof boots to buy – because Bruce’s feet have changed so much, the ones she lent me are miles too big now!
Thursday night was also Top Spec weigh bridge night – I had guessed, earlier in the winter, when we were worming, that Bruce weighs 550kg. He came out at…. 560kg! So I wasn’t far out. I won’t be switching Bruce onto their balancer at this time, but will continue using Top Chop as chaff. Top Chop can also be used as a very low calorie forage replacement, but when I left a trug in his stable he just knocked it over – perhaps he’ll be more interested in it when I give him no other option, when the grass starts coming through!
I didn’t see Bruce on Friday due to an awards ceremony at work that I was on the comms team for; nor on Saturday because I had a severe hangover and case of the horrors. Drinks with the suppliers on Friday night, after I’d finished working for the night, had escalated. Why don’t I have an off button?! So I wasted the nicest day so far this year lying in bed feeling very sorry for myself. Luckily I have wonderful people around me at the yard and they were able to do Bruce for me – I can’t thank them enough, Kate and Elle that’s you!
On Sunday, when I saw him, I nearly jumped out of my skin in shock – he was really footy again. I really didn’t expect him to be sore again, I don’t know why – the EP did say he’d need to be in boots on hard surfaces. I still wasn’t functioning as a full human being on Sunday, so shout out to OH who came along and helped with yard chores after I’d had a busy and pretty tough day.
Sunday night I managed to source some boots second hand on Facebook – the lady said they’d be with me for Tuesday, result!
Monday night (last night), I had to do another horse on the yard – his owner had kindly done Bruce for me on Friday night when I was at the awards ceremony, so I owed her one! So I didn’t get to spend that much time with Bruce; but I did spot him trying to scratch under his rug. I had a feel – he was too hot. He was in a 200g turnout and the temperature was about 8 or 9 degrees C; he was definitely too warm. He does have most of his winter coat still, I suppose, with just a blanket clip. I have a 100g rug for him, but it’s got a neck and has rubbed his mane out – I’m going to sell it, and the other fixed neck rug I have. I forgot that’s why I don’t like fixed necks.
I took his turnout off, checked the weather and decided to just throw a fleece on him and let him go out naked in the morning…
Tuesday came round and it was mild – I’m glad he went out naked, apparently the first thing he did was have a good roll. Then when Elle was up later in the day, apparently he was prancing around, bucking (and farting) for sheer joy.
He was just being brought in when I arrived – he seemed to be walking maybe slightly better. I had received the new boots, so cut the foam pads to size and put them on him. The foam compresses with the weight and warmth of the hooves, so I left them on for 20 minutes or so. Only to find that the pad had, annoyingly, slipped round slightly in one of them! So the imprint of his frog is skewiff on that foot. I didn’t have time to mess around with it any more, I had to get home to OH, who is probably quite fed up of being a horse widower.
Tomorrow I will sort the foam out properly; he’s going out naked again, the weather looks OK. Even if he is a tad chilly, he can move around to warm up – he needs to lose some weight anyway before that grass starts coming through properly. I do have a no-fill turnout rug on its way, but it’s going cold again tomorrow evening and will then be cold for a few days so he’ll be OK back in his 200g.
Oh – I also tried a few of the acupressure things that Dan Wain showed me tonight, going to do some more tomorrow and hopefully some in-hand work too! I’ve only done it once since the clinic, and he was an absolute idiot because the Top Spec lady had just arrived. Clearly she looked very threatening and required Bruce to be on high alert, with no consideration for the puny human that might be standing in his way. Sigh.
Onwards and upwards…