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Sheppy
08-08-06, 06:09 AM
I went down the horse yards today and found my pony (my little baby Bonnie) with a deformed face :( Well, not totally deformed, but all swollen and looking a bit ape-man-ish!!!!

What had happened was my new TB mare Jazz had obviously given Bonnie a bit of a rough time in the paddock (and Bonnie being soo sweet and all...) and neither one of them would come near me until Saturday. Bonnie had a small graze on her left cheek on Saturday lunch time, but she was eating and it didnt bother her so I trotted off to work and forgot about it (I did seperate them though). I asked hubby to feed them yesterday because I had to work all day, and he didnt notice anything then...

But today all the left side of her face is swollen from around her eye all down to her mouth. She smells terrible and there is yucky black blood all in her mouth. Oh, and she is making like a "clicking" noise inside her mouth. I raced home and called the GV Equine Centre and they are coming out at 3...but the wait is killing me!!!!

The stupid thing is, I see hurt/sick/broken people almost every day, but non of it is as bad as seeing you own pride and joy hurting so much :'(

God, what if its serious? What if shes broken her jaw? Im turning into a nervous wreck....

I FEEL LIKE SUCH A BAD MUM :'(

rachemum
08-08-06, 06:31 AM
:(

Thoughts are with you.
Let us know how it all goes...


Rache
One man's wrong lead is another man's counter-canter.

CateH
08-08-06, 06:36 AM
Oh dear Sheppy :( Hope she's OK....



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Sheppy
08-08-06, 07:45 AM
Argghh...the vets just called and asked if they could come tomorrow cos they are flat out with foaling time etc...!!!!

I was like "**SOB** no, I need you now **sniffle sniffle**" So they are now coming at 5...

There is no way that I could let Bonny go all night in that condition - hell, I couldnt go all night with her in that condition.

Prancing Pony
08-08-06, 07:53 AM
You poor pony, have some cyber sympathy for both of you. Hope she gets better.

macrannoch
08-08-06, 02:48 PM
Any news on your pony?

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Sheppy
09-08-06, 01:03 AM
She has a bad infection to her face & nasal passage, and "maybe" a fracure in her jaw. There is too much swelling at the moment to tell anything :( I have to give bute, penicillin, gentamicin and encourage fluit intake and if there is no improvement by tomorrow then I have to take her over to the hospital...

travers
09-08-06, 02:04 AM
Poor Bonnie; our thoughts are with you, Sheppy. I'm sure she'll respond quickly to the penicillin and the bute will take away a lot of the pain. Stay positive and keep us posted.
T.

travers
10-08-06, 03:42 AM
How's Bonnie today, Sheppy?

macrannoch
10-08-06, 04:34 AM
Hopefully there is some improvment today.

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MP
10-08-06, 05:47 AM
Hope she's OK sounds terrible.

Please keep us informed
Majestic Park

Sheppy
10-08-06, 11:46 AM
Thanks for your concern guys....

She seems much better today, thank the gods!!! The swelling has gone down, the pain appears to of eased and she can now eat, so all looks good :)

The only problem I have now is catching her to give her the injections!!! One (and bute) in the AM and two in the PM. This is really testing our bond because she thinks that every time I go near her I want to inflict pain!! I try to play with her and brush her afterwards, so I leave her with positive experiences but I think she's got my number LOL!!!

She's taking being a pin cushion very well though, after her very unfit owner manages to get her hands on her!!!!

JJ01
11-08-06, 02:14 AM
Good luck with her Sheppy. Sounds like you're doing all the right things. Had a horse which became a pincushion for a little while too, but she coped with it quite well and still loved me afterwards ;-)

Try giving her some sweet, sweet slices of apple after each needle, bit like doing the good ole Mary Poppins "spoonful of sugar" trick.

Also, have a think about putting her on some Vitamin C for a while - it comes as a white powder which is very shiny/light reflective. Depending on how big she is you can add 1 tablespoon daily for smallish horse/pony or 2 tablespoons daily for medium/large. Is non-toxic, can't hurt them, add to feed as normal or make up a little chaff + powder + water if you're not feeding her. Vit C will help get rid of the infection quick smart. Try to get sodium ascorbate (non acidic Vit C) in preference to ascorbic acid (cheaper form of Vit C but quite bitter). I would continue it until 2 - 3 days past her being completely better. Vitamin C is water soluble with a half life of around 12 hours, so she will wee out anything she doesn't use each day.

Equine Supplies in NSW will post it to you (next day delivery for most areas). Their ph is (02) 9688 3220. Horses make their own Vitamin C (I think it is either 20 - 30 grams a day - the human tablets are normally around 250mg or 1/4 of 1 gram to put it into perspective), but in times of stress you give all the help you can.

Also, I suggest you do some investigation into Calendula as a herb to use, and Comfrey (which is the herb which used to be known as knit-bone for its bone healing qualities). Go here for more info

http://www.countrypark.com.au/
& go down left menu and click on "A-Z of herbs". Country Park will also mail order to you.

Best of luck

JJ

Sheppy
11-08-06, 02:36 AM
Thanks for that advice JJ, I will look into it :)

I have always been interested in using herbs for horses but I find it really hard to get info on how much to give etc on the net, and I find the books in the stores just too expensive for my horsy budget...

Maybe I will get one from Santa!!??

JJ01
11-08-06, 09:59 AM
Yeah, me too, but I have found some on ebay (international search) and some through amazon.com which were cheap ($9 for the book + postage about the same from the US). Liked the idea before, but it took a while to work out if I could keep them healthier, it was MUCH cheaper than calling the vet out when they got sick from preventable things (eg infected legs from greasy heel, muscle soreness that wasn't going away). It is a bit of a head stretch for me though, but trying to be patient with self and learn.

If you get a chance, purchase Juliette de Bairacli Levy's "The Complete Herbal Handbook for Farm and Stable". Mine arrived from amazon today.

JJ

macrannoch
16-08-06, 02:41 PM
Sheppy, how is Your girl going?

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