So Gen has been boot free for months now. Every once in a while he will get his boots on if it is muddy, but I can honestly say that since making the decision to be boot free he has had them on for maybe 5 days total in the past several month. You would think that would be enough for his sore to heal, but no. My poor pony with his immune system issues just can’t heal like a normal horse so the sore is still there. I put medicine on it everyday (I rotate between several potions, lotions and creams) but to no avail. It just wont to heal.
It did close up eventually so even though it was still there I was not freaking out about it because it was not an open wound on his leg. That was until last week and this stupid ice storm.
This is my poor baby’s leg. Notice the blood and puss? Yeah. It sucks. Let me try to describe what is happening. In this picture it just looks like my horse is on some trampled down snow. Which he sort of is. This picture was taken directly in front of the gate in his field, a place where Gen has totally packed down the snow and ice. The problem is that for most of Gen’s field the snow and ice is NOT pushed down. The footing is horrific. At the bottom there is a solid 2 inches of ice from all of the melting and refreezing that has gone on since the storm the day after Christmas. In the middle there is still a good 8-10 inches of snow. On top there is a good half inch of solid ice. Not strong enough to stand on, but enough to bear weight for a second before you break through.
It is basically the WORST ice snow sandwich ever! Constantly breaking through the ice means that the sides of my horses leg are scraping up against the top layer of ice. Which means that the healed over sore is getting repeatedly scraped and breaking open. It SUCKS! The front of his leg is getting more pissed off with each day and it is starting to swell out of anger. They are only going out for a few hours, but that is enough to make his leg leg angry.
I briefly though about putting the boots back on until the ice goes away, but I have decided against it. I feel like the boot would twist in this wicked footing. Not only that, but having the boot on rubs the sore, so what would I really be preventing? The good thing is that the tendon looks amazing. Nice and hard and tight. It is so impressive especially considering all of the slipping and sliding that goes on in that field! And all of the extra stall time. So I am sure you are asking yourself if this is another thing you hate about ice what was the first thing?
That ladies and gentleman is the driveway to the barn. It is pretty much a solid two inches of ice. Every time I walk it I hate ice more and more! I have only slipped and fallen once, which I think is pretty good considering. I went to three sports stores yesterday looking for yack tracks or something similar and they were all sold out!!! At least Gen’s field is right by the barn. I do not envy the barn owners who have to try and walk horses out to the fields on that slippery ice rink! This has been the worst winter for my area in a long time. They are saying we might get another two storms next week. I hope they are wrong. Is it spring yet?