Monday, July 27, 2009
It's funny how life happens when you're making plans. This situation isn't funny, but it just goes to show that life has a way of making us stop and take notice.
Saturday was a busy day for us. We drove to Magnolia to pick up a horse from some people we know. They had bought the horse for their young daughter, but he was too much horse for her and she just couldn't handle him. They didn't want to feed him anymore if she wasn't going to ride, so they asked us to take him. We agreed to help them find her a gentler horse in exchange. So, we spent some time over at their horse and then over at my cousin's barn, getting Happy Jack settled in. We didn't want to bring him home right away, until we could see how he was going to do with the other horses. He's been by himself, so we're not sure how he will react.
After we got him settled, we had plans to go to an Extreme Cowboy Competition over in the next town because my husband's cousin was competing. We'd been looking forward to going all week. Well, as I said, life has a way of making other plans. We showered and dressed, letting the dogs out while we did so. We have 2 outside and 2 inside dogs. Well, the dogs went into the pasture, as usual, where the horses were eating. Evidently, they stirred the horses up and caused our little filly to run and get her foot stuck in our brush hog on the tractor. I noticed she wasn't with the others, so I walked to the pasture before we left. Thank God I did! Poor baby! She was standing there, with her foot hung, so calmly. I ran back to the house for my husband, and we struggled to get her free. She went down on us and we thought we were going to lose her or she would lose her leg. It was so cut up, from her hoof halfway up to her knee. It was just terrible. We managed, with her help, to get her free. After a long fight, we got her and momma in the trailer and headed to Angleton. Our best friend is a vet, so there was not question about where we were headed.
I worried the whole way and my husband talked of getting rid of dogs when we got home. The vet had been out fishing all day, and met us at his house with the horse. When he looked at her, he said she would be fine. He and my husband spent about an hour doctoring and bandaging her little leg while his wife and I went into town for some food. None of us had eaten since breakfast.
Long story I know, and I apologize for the non-bookish post, but I wanted to let you know about my non-posting for the last 2 days. Kiddie is still in Angleton, where she'll stay until she heals. They will be taking off the bandage today, to see how she is doing. She's getting daily antibiotics and lots of TLC. I know that she is in great hands and won't worry. I do miss her though, and feel so bad that she is hurt at such a young age.