|On the fun ride last year.|
Thursday the farrier was out, and when I pulled Dee out of the field, the scratches had exploded into a full on problem. They didn't seem to bother her too much so she got new shoes and another layer of CleanBalm.
Friday morning, they were much worse again. At this point I was suspicious of the CleanBalm, maybe she was reacting to it. I didn't have anything else to put on it so I slathered it in honey. I had a dressage lesson that evening and she was sound on it so I went ahead and drove out to Devon to register for the RJM ride and attend the rider briefing. I spoke with the organizers and since I was going to vet in in the morning they let me know that I should be there for 7.
|Still sound at this point|
I decided to haul over (it's about an hour) anyways. I figured that I had already payed my entry fee and I might as well utilize the vets on site.
I let the vet know what the story was and that I wasn't planning to ride since she had come up lame this morning but asked to have her looked at and a quick discussion on a path forward. I've never had a horse become lame due to scratches before. the vet said it could be a reaction, or it could just be that the scratches were still getting worse. At this point one of the vets from my normal clinic walked up and told me that she's had really good luck using Virkon on scratches this year.
I hung out for a couple of hours to get the group I was supposed to ride with all organized and ready to go. (They ended up having a pretty shitty day, they got lost on the first loop, one of the horses got kicked and ended up pulled due to swelling on his hip, then another horse stepped in a hole on the second loop and they had to hand-walk him back almost 6 miles)
The organizers even refunded my entry fee, which shocked me. I completely expected to just walk away from it (and would not have had any hard feeling about it).
Unfortunately Dee is still lame. It does seem to be getting better, just very slowly. I slather it in honey before I leave for work and then when I get home all the scabs are softened and super easy to pick off. Then I give it a good dousing of Virkon. We had to scratch the event this coming weekend and the rest of our plans are up in the air.
|Slowly getting better|