Grace – ACP April!
Off to a rocky start. April kicked off in a bad way, whilst getting his muddy feet hosed, Skip decided to have a paddy and bumped his nose on the gate, sending his tooth through his upper lip.
Thankfully, it wasn’t too bad at all, he got cleaned up, slathered in savlon and sent back on his merry way. He is not the best patient, bless him, but he (sort of) tolerates my help! 2-3 days later and we were left with a nicely healing scab and a slightly bruised gum. We should have been out cross country that weekend too, but it was rained off, that’s one thing about Scotland, you can always count on the rain to ruin your plans!! So I wasn’t too gutted, I would probably have pulled out anyway because of his sore mouth. So we are due to get another session booked in for a later date!
THEN …about half way through the month, Skip came in lame and extremely tucked up, I asked some friends for advice and did a bit of googling, but after an hour or so of keeping eyes on him and realising that he was simply not himself, I called the vet, better to be safe than sorry!! So the vet came out, identified that he was slightly lame on his right hind leg, and I could see that, but we had no explanation as to why. I’m hoping that it was simply Skip being a tube in the field and having tweaked something, been a bit sore afterwards.
However I guess in the long term we will find out if there is a more serious problem. Fingers crossed that’s not the case however! Initially we started with 3 days of box rest, 3 days of through the night turnout, some danilon and a lot of ACP (bless him, he hates staying in) and then he was out with his friends through the day again. Skip is doing better and is now trotting up very nearly sound, but just not quite. Further to this he is now on another 10 days of total box rest, to give him another chance to heal or sort out any discomfort that may pass itself before he goes in to the vet’s surgery to get the problem investigated. I’m pulling my hair out. To complicate things a little more Skip’s ‘grass glands’ were up after his first night of turnout after being on box rest. He wasn’t sore or in any discomfort, and they were back to normal by the evening of the same day, but boy is it so unsightly and worrying when you see GIANT glands for the first time! He is now getting piriton in his feeds until the end of summer!
This month I have been house sitting for a friend for 3 weeks, and I’ve had a lovely black lab named Jura to keep me company as well as two horses, two ponies and two little ninjas (cats) So I have been well and truly kept on my toes! I am also sitting my entry assessment and fitness test for joining the police this month, this is quite a big deal for me… obviously! So you will hear how that goes I’m sure!!
So overall, it’s been a pretty rubbish month for us! Nothing really very positive to report, hopefully by next month we will have some answers and be back on track– if Skip is out for the summer I am going to be devastated!!! But here’s hoping it doesn’t come to that!! Until then.
Grace and hop-a-long Skippy x