Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Flooding and Heart-Break

Overflowed River.
The past few days have been a wild torrent of rain and wind as the remnants of Hurricane Oho passes through the coast-line. Our town and outlying townships dodged the brunt of it, but we still have some extensive damage and a boil-water advisory from the overflow of water and sediment.


Sediment erosion destroyed this road.

Not our vehicle, but shows how deep the water is.
That being said, since the town does not have an indoor riding arena, the horses have been land-locked under their shelter with their rainsheets on for the past 5-6 days. I don't blame them, considering a short trip outside completely drenches whatever coat you're wearing.

Monsoon season is upon us and the forecast predicts more rain in our future - for the next 14 days at least.


I am sad to report that over the weekend, a good friend of mine (actually, the one who competed at the BVX with me) lost her beautiful mare tragically, and much too soon. It was both shocking and exceptionally sad - most of the equine community in our area are grieving for this young girl and her mare.

I typically don't divulge into private information, namely the cause of death, but in this case I think it is important to spread the word so the same tragedy will not unfold elsewhere.

Rest in Peace, sweet Cody-mare.

Cody, the mare, got into chicken feed which was locked away in the barn feed room. It is guessed that she ate upwards of 2 bags of grain, including "scratch" feed. And for those who do not know [I didn't!], chicken feed is toxic to horses.

It was also a sad reminder of how truly "lost" we are up here with no equine Veterinarian within easy driving distance. Although, given the cause of death, I am not so sure Veterinarian intervention would have saved her - although one can never be certain and I'm sure that additional supportive care could've given her better odds.

I haven't been writing the last couple of days because my heart has just been so heavy for everyone involved. Hug your horses, ladies.

12 comments:

  1. I'm so sorry about your friend's mare.

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  2. Aw, so sorry to hear that. Such a tragedy and a tough situation to recover from.

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  3. That's awful. I didn't know chicken feed was toxic to horses either.

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    1. Apparently horses can get VERY sick from it, even just from a few handfuls. Unfortunate that this mare ate three bags :(

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  4. That is so very sad. Let your friend know that we are feeling for her and her loss.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, I will let her know <3

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  5. Sorry about your friends mare :(

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  6. oh no - that's so sad, your friend must be devastated :( sending hugs!

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