Tate is not here anymore but now is at his new barn about 45 minutes from me. It is so weird to think there are NO horses outside to be fed, turned out, taken care of and…ohh to be wrapped due to being three-legged lame. Poor Tate’s abscess(es) must have finally sprung. He was out Saturday in the front field and was a bit tender but not lame (it is a long walk out there no way he could have done it lame). And then on Sunday we had rain/thunder/lightning from hell and he stayed in all day! Good thing cause he was three- legged lame after Saturday. As bad as I felt about him leaving my barn, I might have been a bit giddy otherwise.
So yesterday I stressed all day about how lame Tate was and ended buying Magic Cushion and some other stuff to wrap his hoof so he might actually get to leave today. Thank you Tractor Supply for taking my money but it made me sleep better. He was really lame on all four feet (or tender at least) but being the drama llama he is….who knows what was going on but the one that was the worse was the one I wrapped. These photos above were from this morning when I went out and I was glad he was laying down to give his legs a rest but it took a lot to get him up again. He had pooped in both of his buckets (thanks Tate first time he did that while here, guess it was a farewell gift?) and ate some hay so I don’t think he was down all night.
The two photos above were yesterday during the day, holding the foot up but also putting weight but by last nite he was not putting any weight on it. So I wrapped him last night then went out this morning and once I got him up I put more Magic Cushion on along with TWO diapers, some vetwrap and duck tape. Purple and orange for the win. I wanted to be sure (hoping anyway) that he would load. I had my doubts he was so three legged. But once I put the new wrap on he did rest the foot a bit more on the ground.
Then since Tate was up for over 24 hours and since I can outrun a lame ass pony any day (I hope), I let him go in the front to nibble on grass loose while I got the trailer ready. He started eating grass so he wasn’t that bad.
Then came the moment of truth (with me still in my pjs no less) I got him over to the trailer. It took a while but he got up to it and Mark walked out on his way to work so Mark stood behind him while I tried to convince Tate to go up the ramp. It took a few minutes but damn if that pony didn’t walk (hop) right in!! YAY PONY! I almost unloaded him and kept him then. What a good Tater Tot! Damn I love that pony.
But then I realized well Tate is in the trailer but I am not ready. (remember, PJs still on LOL) So he had a haynet and seemed calm so off I ran to the house to let dogs out and take a quick shower and get on the road. Tate was just standing patiently waiting when I came out ready to go! (I think the fact the trailer probably smelled like Remus helped) HA!
We headed to his new home. I drove very carefully totally aware of a pony who had a sore foot (or more) so it took us a while but I wanted him to not fall over or anything.
Once we arrived, Tate turned around in the trailer to unload (small pony can do what he wants I say)! Honestly the place he is now living at I was ready to write a check out and live there myself in one of the stalls. Tate seemed very happy to see other horses and was quietly eating hay when I left. I am so glad he is gone but am so sad he is gone. Isn’t that weird? I am sorry I couldn’t keep him. And I feel like I failed him in some way.
His owner was like thank you for all you did. I am well yeah but I returned a lame pony to you! HA she said he will be fine (Her horses have had several abscesses this year, our winter has just been so wet ugh)! But I am happy he seems happy (and hopefully to be sound soon) in his new place (which really isnt new since he boarded there many years ago). And now I have no horses out back. How very odd. NOW what do I do (until Remus comes back)? But I have plans on getting some gravel in for the paddock and around the barn opening (I had real water in my aisle yesterday from that gulley washer yikes, not a lot but a bit). Also would like to powerwash stalls and move the mats and replace as needed. SOOOO if it ever stops raining…that will begin!
Oh and those that stayed till the very end. Here is your Remus video 🙂 It was worth the wait! HA
Thanks Emily for giving me a peek at Remus last week! So cute isn’t he?? He is still winning fans up in KY from what I understand. Keep on being you, Remus!