Arrow's healing continues....
I’m not sure what happened but I missed posting last month. I think it is because I always had my evenings free and that was when I would sit down and write. Now I work a lot at night so my free nights are spent catching up with my family. I can go 4 whole days in a row without seeing much of Joe or Ty. I actually found a job online to groom horses that paid more than I am making now but it was 40 miles away so it really didn’t make much sense. It would be nice if something like that opened in Temecula.
September and October brought on many Facebook memories of Lake from 4 years ago. The end of September was the beginning of the adoption process which was finalized on October 22nd which just happens to be one of my dearest friend’s birthdays. Happy Birthday Miriam! She was also Lake’s 1st visitor! My 10 year wedding anniversary was in September and my husband gave me a new halter for Arrow which was a beautiful purple. At first I had mixed feelings about it because while it looks really nice on him, it was Lake’s color. I had retired it and switched to blue for Row Row. I compromised with myself and decided he can wear it in honor of her. It’s a reminder that Lake led to Arrow.
I’m very pleased with Arrow’s progress. At her last visit, Arrow’s vet who does his chiropractic, said he was the most comfortable she has ever seen him in the 3 years of working with him and that it made her happy I didn’t give up on him. At that point he had his 3rd acupuncture treatment. She also gave him an Osphos injection ($400) that should last for 6 months. I’m really not sure how much more can be done that would make a huge difference as far as improvement from where he is at now. There seems to be a fine line between building up his muscles to support his kissing spine and causing additional pain elsewhere. Since he is feeling good, Dr. Stokes recommended continuing on a maintenance plan to keep him from going backwards and getting to a point where quality of life is no longer good. I can’t even think about that! The combination of Deborah’s PEMF, acupuncture and Chiropractic ($240 for all 3 when done in the same month) seems to be the plan.
I thought I was not going to be able to ride Arrow in my dressage saddle but now I have a fabulous gel pad I use with it and so far it seems to be good. It turns out my western saddle is not for him and I will not put it on him again. Even with the new therapeutic pad it still hurts his withers. I got a 5 point breast collar from Chloe to keep the saddle from sliding so I think I’m pretty solid as far as equipment goes.
Arrow loves his field and friends!! He has been there about 3 months and is content as a bug in a rug. I did find that he is an escape artist and got out recently. I had left the gate unlocked after giving him, Annie and Nike their grain. The gate does not just open as it drags on the ground close to where it opens so he somehow managed to pull it open. Luckily Annie and Nike had the smarts to know it probably was not a good idea to go very far and were found right outside the field. Not Arrow!!! He made his way all the way up through Kingsway to the main driveway and out to the road. It was evening. I certainly dodged a bullet there. He could have been hit by a car and killed or worse, if someone hit him, they could have died. Arrow could have disappeared never to be seen again. The horrible possibilities are endless. Thankfully someone had reported a loose horse! He managed to make his way back to Kingsway and into the grain barn. He was found before he ate himself to death. Poor Linda had already settled in for the night and was in jammies when she got the call. She was NOT happy!! Lesson learned……triple check the gate!!!!
I’ve mentioned in the past that I have a plan for Arrow should something happen to me. I recently found out that his new family may be moving to Montana in the very near future. I think he would love it! I had accidentally bought a blanket that is more suited for weather like that in the winter than here. It has never been needed. I’ve decided to keep it “just in case”.
My riding plans for Arrow is once a week at the walk for about 30 minutes. I schedule rides with Chloe here and there so she can evaluate where he is at and to make sure he is sound enough to be ridden. The pic is us a few weeks ago. We had such a relaxing ride that day. He likes to listen to the Carpenters and Barry Manilow or at least puts up with it!