Ok, so his shoes almost completely cleared up his lameness issues from Ringbone. Rover has been doing GREAT! Then, today, I go out to move some horses around, and turn out some horses, and Rover hobbles over to say hi. I mean, dead flat lame.... right hind.
All the recent rain turned the boys' paddock into a mud pit (hence the moving). Somehow, in all that mud, Rover found.... ready for this? An antique used needle! Stuck, right into his frog.
Poor guy, no wonder he wouldn't put weight on the leg. Yes, before you ask, he's current on tetanus. He stood like a champ for Jae to pluck it out, let us clean his hoof up, and I even soaked it in epsom salt/water, then a betadine rinse for good measure.
Of course he had no problems with being put in a stall, pampered, and fed his own special grain (next to a mare no less). When I put Rover in a stall, I usually add a bit of oats to his grain. Nothing much (I use whole oats for chicken feed) but enough to make it super tastey. He can't have that when he's fed with the other boys, as oats are a no no for growing draft crosses. All those carbs can lead to joint issues. So Rover's a happy boy now.
Then, we went to grab the colts. A week ago, Rico got something in his eyes. Hay/grass, not really sure what. He scratched his left eye a bit, but nothing serious. Because of the watering, he rubbed his eyes on his legs, causing his right eye to become slightly irritated. After they were irritated and swollen, any amount of dust makes it worse. He's getting his eyes rinsed out - which he HATES, but is good for. Today, I rinsed out a chunk of something else from his left eye. What ever it was, was seated under the third eyelid. As soon as it washed out, his eyes looked better and less swollen! I figure at least a week more of rinsing and antibiotics, and he should be good as new.
And the rain... oh boy has it rained! While we were washing Rico's eyes out, the skies opened up, and we moved the "operation" into the barn. I couldn't hear what Jae was saying it was so loud and coming down so hard. I am not complaining at ALL! My grass is back, it's green, and it's already grown a few inches. The one thing I will complain about, is that even with this much rain, there are areas in the pastures that look as if they got sprinkled on. Only damp, still solid, and begging for a few feet of water to fall on them.
I've been making notes of where those spots are. That's the areas I have to till up and break up the hard pan. Evidently, my soil type tends to form a hard solid layer a few inches below the surface. This layer is almost impossible for roots to grow through, but it's nutrient rich. Once broken up, the natural sand here works into it, forming a lovely ideal sandy loam soil. The downside? No one took care of this land for over 50 years. Before that it was a fish hatchery, so there's some great soil waiting to grow grass.
Oh yeah, it's muggy too. I mean super gross. I think I'll spend a few hours hiding inside!
A Note about Sugarbush Draft Horses
I see it over and over again, and no matter how many times it's said, it's still wrong. "Sugarbush Drafts are just an Appaloosa Draft Cross". Uh.... no. The Sugarbush Draft Horse was a breed created many years ago in Ohio. While the initial cross was made using Percherons to Appaloosas, in the many generations following, the breed has been solidified into a consistent type. Saying these horses are "just" a draft cross makes as much sense as saying that AQHA horses are "just" a Thoroughbred cross, American Cream Drafts are "just" a dilute Belgian, or that Morgans are "just" a grade.