Yes, that is my mare's eye in the hands of my vet professional.
While having a nice summery day out with my man, 2 wks back on a Sunday, I got "that call" from the stable owner. I was told, " My mare got lost"...But no, she did not get out, as I thought, she had gotten stuck in the thicket of the out reaches of her field. Scared me half to death as I was unable to make it to the stable under an hour and half, from where we had jaunted to, in leisure that day. I quickly called my sissy who happened to be in town.
Here's what we know....Some passers by the property fence line on horseback, saw my mare ensnared in brambles and wedged next to the fence line, kicking and furious with the deer flies and bots that were attacking her. She was unable to move anymore, for the sturdy batch of brambles had cut into her tender skin.( I know, I have found many places with skin ripped up, recently, on her back!)
They the Horseback riders called out to whom ever could hear-"HELLO-HELLO, There is a bay horse stuck in the thicket out here!!" Apparently my PBO had just settled down to bath in the sun and heard them, THANKS GOD!
She came to see and then had to go fetch clippers and gloves and probably iron clad clothing -as when my sis and I walked the parameter later, trying to reconstruct it all-My PBO had to cut through the thicket to get my poor mare out...it did not look like a path of any sorts!
All that to say, she had something in her eye and the vet had to be called out. My sister rushed to help, I am thankful was available- though- my PBO would have been a wonderful help as well. My sis is Wa mare's first human mother, having been there for her birth and raising her, she's first on my emergency call list.
I arrived in time for the instructions and to pay the bill..wooo...it's like our vacation costs-w/o the fun!
Blessings of the timing were, My PBO being there, my sis being available, I had a very light week that week..and was able to come out several times a day to administer the ointments. My wonderful PBO was great to help out with the evening rounds of applications and Bannemine. Wa mare, She now has recovered wonderfully so! My vet came by again, 3 days later, to put a special fluorescent liquid into Wa mare's eye. it will show any remaining tears or debris...all clear and practically smooth. WHEW!
THOUGH I had plenty of time to learn......and I am able to do anything with flesh and wounds and such, with my horse(not people)...for the life of me, though given 4-7 times a day to administer the ointment to my mare's eye- I NEVER WAS ANY GOOD AT IT! I had the darnedest time "pushing" the lids in and down..I ended up smearing most the goo in...effectively creating the "Arabian Show horse" look on one eye...really greasy- shiny and all! Which, made it more difficult for me to get a grip on the lid! She healed all on her own practically...not sure how much help I was! She was an excellent patient too.
She got most the week off and the first time we rode out together, I had her wear her fly mask for the shade effect, her eye looked dilated still to me. She was great, and so I have been riding nearly every day since...letting her choose the paths and taking it easy mostly around home.
Here's what I think happened: while adventurous under saddle, Wa mare NEVER likes to go anywhere that the brush, trees and brambles touch her. If she has no clear vison of the ground,she balks. Having been in this turnout for near 7 months on and off, she would have NEVER entered a thicket on her own- loose. While walking about, I noticed some twine, I inquired..it was for the older grey mare that was set to eat grass that day, on my mare's and Theo's fence line. In all the time she and Theo have been out there, it is the only change .(aside from red horse of doom a mo ago, and Theo hearded Wa away then too)
Theo is fiercely possessive of Wa..I really think the close proximity
of another horse on common fence, made Theo herd Wa around,and she got pushed into getting away from him..into the wooded area...I know she traveled so near the fence she probably got shocked several times and where we found her fly mask ripped off... I am certain of it.
I feel TERRIBLE she had to go through that! So glad it is over for her. I wish my boarding facility had enough room for her to have her own pasture, but alas...and the mare Iwish for her to be with, her owner is too afraid of them becoming too herd bound to each other.
Other news and partially why I have been absent from visiting all my blogger friends-again- Pantz moved to another barn and I have been super -duper busy helping my sister with that.
Doesn't this photo I captured on my phone, look like a painting?!
I love to draw and paint..so I am endeavoring this, it inspired me!
More to come on Panz's move but - I'll leave you with a "SMALL WORLD" note...
you know how when you meet someone somewhere, like in another country or state..and they are from your home town you say," it's a small world"...Well, on Wa' (forced)walkabout
day when she got herself into a mess...the folks who found her and went for help...are Pantz's new barn owners friends...they told her the story a day later,about how they found a bay mare in the brambles, on their ride!
I am sooo very happy it is a small world!