December 09, 2014
Things have slowed down on the pony front since it's now dark when I arrive at the barn. I don't have a lit place to ride but that's fine for now. Dani has pasture and we are content. I was gone for about 10 days in Myrtle Beach, SC for Thanksgiving with Steve's family. I came back and had a tooth floating appointment, then a hoof trim.
The vet and then my farrier mentioned her hind leg seeming a little swelled. Since both mentioned it I decided I should address this old injury. This past summer Dani was hitting her leg on the pipe fencing between stall runs at KCRC. She's never fully returned to her pre-injury leg conformation but hasn't been lame. I figured a 24 hour wrap using Icetight poultice couldn't hurt. It's like a mud mask and Dani was pretty good about me applying it and then wrapping her leg.
The next evening I unwrapped her leg and then took a bucket to rinse off the mud. What a mess! It was cold, cold, cold. My hands went numb (wanting a bucket heater and stainless pail so badly!). My tooth doctor had one to keep her tools nice and warm for the floating, I was impressed since it heated the water quickly. Warm water in winter??? Awesome!
Dani's leg looked good after I rinsed off the clay to get a look. There is still the calcified bump on her leg where the injury was but her leg doesn't look as puffy. Icetight worked nicely I think but I will only use it when I can easily hose off her leg in warmer weather. Going to look into other liniments or poultices that could help with future swelling.
I dried her off as best I could and brought her back to her hay in the field. It was only 6pm but felt like midnight. I can't wait until the time change again....March 8th. Till then hopefully I'll be able to get a ride in this weekend and the coming holidays!