Today marks two years since Gus arrived. Absolutely crazy!
Except for the color he really hasn’t changed all that much. I mean, I guess he’s got more sport horse type muscles but he didn’t come to me super skinny or racing fit so it’s a bit harder to see all the changes. He was dark though… and you could see that pretty blaze.
But more than that, he’s kept his good brain and has proven time and time again that he is exactly the partner I need. I think we’ve grown a lot together and I can’t wait to see what the next two years hold for us.
I just had a feeling when I saw my trainer was calling me. We’ve all been there. But she never calls me. Always texts. So when her name popped up on caller ID, I knew. Colic.
Apparently Gus had been fine in the morning but when it came time for lunch, he was lying down in his stall (first odd thing) and not tapping for his grain (immediate red flag). So new trainer called the vet and then called me. I got there shortly after the vet did. It was an impact colic but the vet wasn’t super worried and thought it could be “flushed” out, as it were. He tubed Gus, cleaned him out, and quickly hooked him up to a bag of fluids. I just held his head and told him if he wanted a day off that badly all he had to do was ask.
Privately I was dying inside.
It’s not that I haven’t been around colicing horses, but this is actually the first time one of my horses has coliced. And it was Gus, my sweet boy who tries so hard for me. I couldn’t stand the listlessness in his eyes. I honestly didn’t know what we were going to do if the vet had determined we needed to take him to UGA. I didn’t want to have to make that choice.
About ten minutes into the bag of fluids, the sedative started to wear off and Gus started checking out everything curiously. I started to become hopeful. At about twenty minutes he was fully alert. And by 30 minutes he was tapping for his grain. It was lunch time after all, where was his?
We weren’t out of the clear yet but we had definitely found the path. I left him seething in his stall (his buddies were not only getting lunch but also turned out and he was stuck in his stall, how rude!) for an hour or so. The vet didn’t expect him to poop for several hours but thought that if he was still perky after the fluids, I could take him out to graze. Gus was eager for that and dragged me around the farm looking for the best patches.
Gus stayed alert throughout the evening and new trainer gave him another bag of fluids just to make sure he was hydrated throughout the night. I am so thankful for all of the help from New Trainer. Besides the extra fluid and the alfalfa soup, she also checked on him several times during the night. I had complete faith that he was in the best of hands and that I’d know in a heartbeat if we back tracked. But in the morning, all was good and Gus had passed the impaction, was demanding breakfast, and back to his normal self.
I wanted to share this with you all but I got it back in the middle of our move, put it in the truck, and promptly forgot about it. What is “this”? Well, it’s Gus’s Equine Event Permit!
Without having to do a new health certificate every 30 days, Gus can now travel to Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Kentucky, New York, Virginia, West Virginia, and Oklahoma (cause that’s random…). He should be able to move between Arkansas and Louisiana but they do not accept the digital photographs on the coggins so no dice there.
For me here in GA, it was basically free (besides paying the vet for coggins/health certificate/farm visit and the cost of a stamp to mail it in) and lasts for 6 months. But how nice is that? If I see a show or a clinic or anything just across the state boarder I can decide to go without worrying about it. I sadly haven’t had the chance to use it yet with all the moving and the wedding but we’re now ready!
Hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July and possible long holiday weekend? I was very lucky in that the office let out early on the 2nd and then I had the 4th off. Yay for extra pony time!
Saturday I had my second clinic in a row with LT. LT was really cool. Her teaching style reminded me a lot of dressage trainer C on the flat. For the jumping portion we worked on a few grids but I didn’t do as good of a job as I did during the Stephen Bradley clinic. We rode at three for jumping and it was just too hot and humid for me. After about 45 minutes, I was definitely well on my way to getting heat stroke so when the other two girls wanted to go to XC, I politely bowed out.
But I liked LT so much that I am actually moving to her barn! Yay! It’s smaller than my current barn but it is closer to my new house and slightly closer to work. I am happy to get that crossed off my list and also extremely happy to have found a new event trainer.
So one other thing I did on clinic day was clip Gus. Never ever again will I clip a horse when it’s 90 degrees and 100% humidity. I’m sure Gus feels great now, considering he just was refusing to lose any of his spring coat, but every single hair ended up on me and would not come off. I actually took off my shoes, stripped down to my sports bra and shorts and hosed myself off in the wash rack. It didn’t help that much to be honest.
On to Poplar this weekend in our first Beginner Novice division. I am both terrified and super excited. The heat will probably be a killer again but we’ll just have to take it easy and drink a lot of water.