We Get So Bored in the Winter, We Go Crazy… My Horse Literally Poked Her Eye Out – Cheer Me Up SmartPak Contest
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Here in Virginia we’ve been lucky to avoid winter storms which have names, we just get rain. Lots of rain, and every few days it rains again! Hovering right between 30 and 50 degrees every day we get to freeze then thaw and rinse and repeat!
Which means the yard, fields, and ring are solid mud, just human shoe sucking mud that makes for no fun in the ring and cautious field turnout time. As the owner of “the most accident prone horse in the world” as her friends would call her Claire is that child that shows you your house really isn’t child proof. In fact when she’s not kept in regular work this mare finds a way to get into every possible predicament!
Since we can’t seem to have any sort of riding surface or chance to get real work in we got so bored one day that we ripped our shoe off and stabbed ourselves with it! Well that earned her an automatic stall rest and some light turnout! Satisfied that she was being treated as the diva child she believes herself to be we began twice daily treatments. But apparently when you’re the diva that’s not good enough! We got so bored with this bad weather + injury confinement that we decided to show mom where the loose nail in the dry lot fence was!
I remember going to a vet lecture where the visiting speaker Vet said “Some horses are so bored they’re suicidal, I’ve sat in that field and watched them sharpen the stick then poke their eye out with it” I always thought that was funny and extremely unrealistic until last week… yep, you guessed it… nail head or at least something round and solid to the eye. My mare, the diva, with the bum hoof, just poked her eye out… Thank God I have an amazing vet.
My mare Claire post-surgery – photo by Lisa Marie Beckwith
So a few home visits, and a trailer ride to the equine hospital one town over and we’re off to surgery for an corneal ulcer graft. I’m fairly certain that she realized just how much trouble she was in when we arrived and they went for an IV catheter. Claire suddenly realized that she probably shouldn’t be so excited to get hurt and was really sorry for what she did.
One graft surgery later we spent 3 ½ days at the hospital and then ran away before they could find my credit cards! Back to home for more rest in our stall, well to be frank at least a month of rest because we can’t be trusted outside of 4 walls. The diva now has all she wanted, lots of hay, her stall, mommy getting off of work 4x a day to give her meds. (Good thing I don’t need this job to pay for your vet bills Claire!) I know I wanted quality bonding time but this is certainly another level!
We do get to see each other 4x a day, and I get to go back to work still picking white hairs out of my coats but I’m still waiting on that part of Claire that decides we are done being hurt and actually want to go for a ride! We’ll miss the opening weeks of show season down here and we’ll miss the big clinic I saved and waited a whole year to attend. So SmartPak… Winter Has been Hell! Cheer me up with some awesome Alexus Breeches, so we can go back to riding sidesaddle again!