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Friday, January 14, 2011

Poppy Update

The farrier was back again yesterday. He removed her big pink shoes and trimmed them a little and then replaced them, adding another layer of big pink foam underneath. He tapped her hooves, testing for pain, and found that she is only very slightly sore. He said she's a 1 on a scale of 4. I asked if he thought X-rays were necessary and he said no, not at this point. His recommendations are to keep her indoors for another day or two, finish the course of anti-inflammatories, and come back in a week to check her feet again. He said most likely at that point she can go barefoot, but if she isn't better then he will have to put wooden and plastic shoes on her.


He also said that I absolutely MUST separate Rosie from Poppy. AT 20 months old, Poppy is still nursing now and then and Rosie totally lets her. The extra calories are doing her no good at all, especially right now. It's time to forcibly wean.

So poor Rosie is all by herself in the sacrifice area, getting rained on, while Poppy and the goats are bundled up warm, and dry in the big barn.

11 comments:

Sheryl at Providence Acres Farm said...

Poor Poppy! She needs a little shelter box and a warm blanket and a buddy to cuddle with. Poor little thing. It won't be for long.

Karen said...

That's great news for Poppy on the pain front! Poor Rosie.

Aimee said...

Karen, thanks for your good advice. It looks to me like Poppy is going to recover fully, if slowly.

Periwinkle Farm said...

I am glad to hear that Poppy is not in to much pain. I hope she has a full recovery soon.

Karen said...

Aimee - I wish you didn't need it, but you're very welcome. I've been lucky enough to get answers to my own questions and pay it forward when I can. I don't have any horses of my own or others to care for right now, but there have been many over the years. I had a great friend in a horse I bought as a two year old. More than one person commented on how he liked to hang out with me, and he adopted my son in utero as his boy. I miss him a lot - I lost him 4 years ago at age 22 to a freak tear in the connective tissue along his digestive tract. I hope you have many years of good times with Poppy.

Jerry said...

I'm glad to hear your friend is doing better.

Verde Farm said...

I’m so sorry to hear about Rosie and Poppy. I just found your wonderful blog and can’t wait to read more. I love farm blogs and your goats are precious!!
Amy

Karen said...

How is Poppy after the weekend?

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Aimee said...

Karen - much better. She lost her boots in the mud when I let her out, but she is moving easily, both cantering and trotting without bobbing or stiffness. The ground is soft now and so the farrier said he needn't rush right out and replace the boots. He will come by again next week. 3 days left of anti-inflammatory.

Karen said...

Cantering and trotting around out there is great! Good catch to the farrier and good job in acute care, Aimee!