Last weekend I visited with my daughter who was in a motorcycle accident about a week earlier. I fell through the hay wagon on the same day. She is doing remarkably well though I sense her frustration. She wants to be better NOW! And I can’t say that I wouldn’t be the same.
She had planned on a birthday celebration for her boyfriend as well as mine. When she realized she wouldn’t have the strength or stamina, she cancelled the party. I was the only guest that day. This was the first time I had seen her since the accident and it was difficult for me, too.
She had a list of things to get in, “O Town,” or Owatonna, MN for all you outsiders. So I went with the boyfriend; we got the stuff and also snooped around on a property for sale he was interested in buying. It was good to get to know him a little better and I felt we had a good connection.
My daughter is a vegetarian, so she taught me a good recipe for vegetarian pot pie. While the pie was cooking, we watched their 3 D TV. I had never seen one in operation before. It was amazing.
I left before sunset as I had a two hour drive back to home. The ponies and horse got a later feeding that evening, and the sun was just beginning to go down. Something was very wrong because the yearling pony, the one called Cloud Dancer, was nowhere in sight.
When I came with the wheelbarrow of hay, I expected the little sport to be whinnying my announcement as he always did. Instead, I saw him lying on the ground in the lean to of his paddock. Obviously, something was wrong.
This is a colt who challenges you to catch him but now in the shed, he would not move even when I pushed him. I may not know much, but in all the years I have had horses one of the first things I learned was when a horse does not want to get up, make it get up!
The first fear for any horse owner is colic. Colic in horses can kill in a very short time. It is also very common with horses and the first thing to do is get the horse up and walking: this helps to clear their intestines.
Anyhow the colt got up but showed no signs of colic like biting at his sides. He just went right down and collapsed next to me.
I knew this colt was not well at all. After all, he is the one who does not want to get caught and thinks he is related to a mustang who once lived in this valley.
As I stroked his head, now in my lap, I felt his head, ears, and neck. He was burning up from a fever!
By now it was dark. It was also the weekend and I would have a hard time getting a local vet to look at him. So I did the only thing I could which was to run in the house and get some cold water.
The colt never objected to his cold water baths. I gave three that night and was exhausted by the end.
He is doing good now, despite the heat wave. He’s really kind of a remarkable pony and has definitely left a kind imprint in my heart…
Keeping you posted!++