Friday, January 18, 2019

Why you gotta do me like this

Opie decided me on whether I was going to do a blog post about our recent rides or not by taking himself out of commission. Can't say I suck at riding if I don't ride--win-win!

But this is going to be a long, boring couple of weeks while he heals himself so I might get around to that eventually. He's been good, I'm just having yet another existential crisis over my own riding, nothing to see here. (Only there is because I have some media.)

To solve that, I was gung-ho to sneak in at least one lesson with a little extra cash I had this month, but instead all the extra cash goes to the vet instead.

boo you whore

As I was on my way to drop off my car to get new tires all around (Money likes to give itself away around here.), BM called me breathless to tell me Opie had just gotten cast and his leg was bleeding. I told her I'd finish checking in my car and then head right over, keep me apprised. A minute later she called me back after hosing his leg and said that one of the cuts looked pretty deep so I went ahead and called the vet to get them on their way. It was 4:56 by my car, but of course it was out of hours in Vet Land.

Fortunately there was a vet within a couple miles of the barn finishing up another call, and they ended up beating there. I walked into the 25* barn--in moccasins, a light cotton pull over, and a jacket because I'd had zero intention of being outside for more than two seconds--and a barn mom was holding an already sedated Opie while BM told them what had happened from the doorway of the arena in between teaching a lesson.

At that point I pretty much had nothing to do besides tell the vet to add as many sleepy drugs as she wanted because Opie is not a lightweight. She shaved and washed his leg and we were able to get a good look at the injuries.

it was awfully deep

the outside of the leg, far less exciting

Upon closer inspection, she felt confident he'd managed to slice the sweet spot directly in between important pieces so no joint damage was involved. She decided to go ahead and block the leg to stitch him up since it was in an unsafe location and he really doesn't take much of a hit from sleepy drugs.

My favorite barn kid who had been waiting for me at the door as soon as I pulled in made her mom and sister stay to watch the entire thing because "I want to give Opie my support." She's maybe six and the sassiest creature alive. When he was done, she and her sister immediately went to give an instantly wide awake Opie (I swear he fakes sedation because the second he's done getting worked on he's 110% alert) all the scratches and head pets. It was so cute to see her asking the vet about every little thing. She'd also explained that in addition to Opie's penguin blanket he also sports Hello Kitty jammies which led the vet to dig out her hot pink sutures instead of the white.

so stylish

The vet bandaged him up, topped off my SMZs, told me to Bute him as I saw fit, and was off to the next poor sucker in need of emergency care in all of twenty minutes.

i should have given her a roll of my zebra vet wrap
because this green was a snooze

In the grand scheme of injuries and what could have happened from him getting cast, this is basically nothing. Of course, why he felt the need to--I assume--roll within just a couple of minutes of being brought inside is beyond me, but maybe fresh shavings are that enticing. Hopefully he learned his lesson. Rollies are for outside the stall! Regardless, Hubby was all over a plan to fully mat Opie's stall asap. Dopie is his favorite, no expenses spared for #childgenius.

i appreciated that the vet wasn't like, "he needs a fancy bandage
every day for the next eternity!!1!1!" instead she told me daily
standing wrap changes with a nonstick gauze pad, slap some
tricare on it if it looks dry. that i can do/afford.

Hopefully everything heals quickly and without drama. He was fully weight bearing the entire time and honestly doesn't even seem to realize he's done anything besides get locked in jail with his personal torture device hay net and extra candy.

creeping on the mare in front of him while arthur supervises.
i got the old bandage cut off and his leg wrapped without him so
much as flicking an ear. he's a good patient (so far).

Fingers crossed for an uneventful next two weeks!

37 comments:

  1. Dammit Opie. Why you gotta be so dopie?

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  2. Hoping he heals up super fast and without any more drama!!!!!

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  3. I like when the vet gives low maintenance care prescription for injuries. My old vet was like "I left a complicated pressure wrap, please recreate it. Bonus points if you fuck up your horse's coronary band because of where I wrapped it! good luck!"

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    1. This practice is kind of pricey, but every single vet I've worked with so far has been SUPER about working with a client when they're like, "Help me, I'm poor." That being me every visit lol.

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  4. The six year old girl wins the story :) Hope Opie heals quickly

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    1. I adore her. Her parting words to Opie were, "You know what this means? I'll have to give you DOUBLE the treats next week!"

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  5. I'm not into kids much, but I like that one.
    Glad it's not worse, and I hope the healing is quick and uneventful! Horses... sheesh.

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    1. There are very few kids at my barn that are monsters. I totally lucked out because there were some real shits at my barn in PA.

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  6. Ah horses. How do they always know when there is money and/or plans? I'm glad it wasn't more serious. I'm sure he will heal very quickly.

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    1. This is what I get for trying to be nice and become a better rider, but noooo. :P

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  7. Glad it wasn't any more serious, but aw man that stinks!

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    1. I'm so happy he picked January to do it instead the middle of the summer!

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  8. Oh Opie... Bloody wounds do look extra exciting on grey pones. Hope the healing time passes without drama. :D

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    1. Of course it was on his only white leg, too.

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  9. Dang, that inside cut does look deep. I'm glad it seems like it's only superficial wounds and not joint damage. Hopefully, he's a good patient and allows his wound to heal well so he can get back to being a dressage star extraordinaire.

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    1. I'm really hoping he doesn't turn into a demon being on stall rest for two weeks. His little tweaker baby brain gets bored so easily.

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  10. Oh no, hope he heals up quickly and without any setbacks!

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  11. While I hate that there was a vet call, I've got to say I love your support network! That kid sounds awesome, and kudos to hubby for supporting the rubber mat initiative :)

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    1. Hubby thought up the rubber mats all by himself. He definitely likes Opie way more than any of my other horses!

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  12. Damn Opie -- but at least it's not worse? :-/ trying to find a tiny silver lining. Apparently child genius thought he needed a vacation.

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    1. Hopefully it doesn't get worse because it seems pretty minor in the grand scheme of things right now, especially since it's supposed to be down to negative double digits Monday so I will feel zero sadness about not riding!

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  13. Ugh that is highly unpleasant :( glad nothing serious got cut up too, hopefully it heals quickly and without complication !

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    1. I feel like in comparison to getting a nail impaled in one's hoof, Opie basically walked away unscathed. ;) #dontbelikecharlie

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  14. He did choose the right time cold wise? However, I still question his judgement.

    That being said, give him a treat and scritches from me :)

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    1. He definitely was not thinking smart thoughts at the time of the incident.

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  15. Oh no! But relieved to hear he didn't hit anything important & also I am always glad when a cut can be found quickly enough to be stitched, so, take the win? Solo gave himself a deep slice in a similar spot maybe 10 years ago, out in a pasture, but couldn't sew it up & that made it a bugger to heal since that skin moves SO MUCH in that area. He has a scar to this day, at least it's one of his white feet, but it never caused him any soreness, so I'm sure Opie will be good as new when it gets nicer out!

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    1. He's not even allowed hand walking since that's such a tight area for stitches which means stall rest is ten times more boring than it already is.

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  16. I mean, if you're gonna pick a time of year to damage yourself and require stall rest, this isn't the worst. Even so, maybe next time don't get stuck? Poor guy and poor you. I hope he heals quickly and uneventfully!

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    1. He certainly wasn't going to be doing a whole lot of romping in this weather!

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  17. UGH, but thank goodness waether sucks right now anyway and its not show season yet!

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  18. Oh lord, Opie you need to make better life choices, buddy! At least it is not the middle of show season?

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