|Sorry not sorry for the vacation pic spam.|
When I came around to the front and saw Annie much closer to the barn, I thought it was a bit weird but again didn't really pay it much mind. I grabbed her, doused her in fly spray, dumped her mash in her bucket and left for the evening like normal.
Tuesday morning I rolled out early for a ride before the heat and found that Annie's leg had ballooned and was mildly lame at the walk.
After some searching around the area, I found a rope burn along her fetlock. I assume during the time I had let her graze in the front dragging her line, she must've gotten it tangled somehow and maybe spooked(?) and gave herself some rope burn. Fortunately, the wound was superficial but the swelling in the leg (as the days went on) suggested perhaps a mild tendon strain (from what friends and I assume was from kicking out at the line when it wrapped on her leg).
|A very unhappy leg.|
Anyways... I went straight to work on the swelling and wound which meant a lot of cold hosing (2-3x a day), as well as icing, poultice/compression wraps, NSAIDs... the whole nine yards. The SO and I were leaving for vacation on Saturday, so I had five days to get the leg to where I wanted it to be before I left. I had a friend watching the horses for us, but didn't want her to feel obligated to wrap my horse, esp if I could get the leg to a much nicer place before leaving.
Thankfully, I was able to get the swelling down and the wound was looking just fine. She was still lame at the trot when I left, so I made sure some of her grain baggies had NSAIDs in it but otherwise knew the leg would just need some R&R.
|Prior to leaving for our vacation - looking much better.|
But this post isn't all about the horse and
It has been officially official for a while now (since mid-May, actually!), but the BF and I officially adopted Ella.
That foster dog I was supposed to rehome?
Yah, that one.
|Roxy (L), who was adopted from this shelter 6 years ago|
and Ella (R), the new addition.
This dog is obsessed with me.
|They came on vacation with us... lol.|
Four plane rides in one week!
I mean it in a "She ran away from Jamie and disappeared for an hour because I left and went to a horse show" and in a "She creeps me from the bathroom everytime I shower or bathe" and also in a "She'll stand at the door and sing me the song of her people when I leave her behind."
So. I just didn't think it would be productive for her life to have yet another change if and when someone decided to adopt her. She made her choice very clearly and I can't force her to go through another round of "getting to know you".
So, she stayed and we signed the papers.
|We did a lot of this on vacation.|
She started to do these little things Ty used to do. She would run back and check on me during hikes, she would lay at the foot of the bed (as opposed to up by my head), she would play hide and seek with me...
Whether or not it's because Ty came down in his All Knowingness and told her "Look, they signed the papers, so get your shit together" or something else, but it's a bit uncanny and weird for me.
I'm slowly starting to let her creep a bit more into my heart, but it's guarded and she knows that. Still, she gives me nothing but all of her.
Welcome to the family, Ella.