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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

In Which My Brain Gets Carried Away

Paj has not been eating his hay very well for the last few days.  After obsessively observing him, I was pretty convinced he wasn't colicing.  He was eating bran, pellets and treats well, drinking well, and his vitals were good.  On day 2, I called Dr. Gary and he arranged to come out the next day (today).  I admit it, I got carried away going over the grim possibilities.  It's just never good when a horse isn't eating with gusto.  Well, I'm happy to tell you that it was the best possible thing -
 

Sharp points on his teeth!  His teeth or a mouth problem had crossed my mind, but since I'd had his teeth checked in October and couldn't find any sores in his mouth, I crossed that off my list and moved on to more dramatic scenarios.  I've never been so glad to be wrong!  Dr. Gary says he'll be eating his hay much better in a day or two.

Photo notes -
1.  He's not blindfolded, he's wearing his fly mask, which we use as a wind mask to cut down on his blocked tear ducts (airborne allergies + windy days = blocked tear ducts).  
2.  Yes, I wish Stephanie wasn't pulling his mask into his eyes!  No harm done, by the way.
3.  No, he doesn't have really strange hooves, he's wearing bell boots.
4.  Yes, he really is a delicate tropical flower.


Gee, I sound crabby, and I'm really not.  I may be a wee bit over-tired after a worry filled couple of days.
 

10 comments:

Lori Skoog said...

Whew! Glad that Paj should be eating normally in the next couple of days. Good call.

Janet said...

Big sigh of relief from me too -I think I was holding my breath reading this then ! it`s horrible when you know something is wrong -isn`t it ? such a worry ,sending you a big hug - I think you need it x

Funder said...

LOL at your tropical flower! Glad it was such an easy fix :)

Inger said...

I'm sorry you had to worry so. Hope he will feel better soon and eat well again.

Ruffles said...

I'm glad it wasn't anything serious and that it was an easy fix :)

Zanzibah Alpacas said...

Great news ....that it was just a dental problem....Paj looks in great shape..and he will be thanking you ....Im sure his eating will be back to normal....soon....and snow with 24"...oh...that sounds ...really bad..we are forecast a little over night on Saturday...but can;t complain after the last 2 winters !.....Jayne

Jim said...

So much to consider with our critters' health. And multiply it by 100 when it comes to horses, I guess. Good that Paj is fine, Terry! I can hear your sigh fro here!

Dreaming said...

I'm glad you got that fixed. How perceptive of you to catch things so quickly and get them taken care of. A lot of owners would have waited longer.
I find it amazing how quickly the horses' mouths can change. Pippin needs floating every 6 or 7 months!

Once Upon an Equine said...

What a relief. It is amazing how delicate these big animals can be and how they worry us. I'm glad it was something so easily remedied. Now that your worries are behind, I hope you get some rest while Paj is happily chomping down his food and trying out his freshly renovated molars.

sophie...^5 said...

Have some chamomile tea and relax Terry... everything is going to be Ok...I just know it...and you crabby I don't think so...you are just a concerned Mommy!!!!!