Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Dusty Update

'June-2011'  No wonder she hates me she's always wearing the dreaded muzzle!
I’m happy to report that “Little Miss Heart Attack” seems to be doing fine.  No worse for wear with those suspensories.  I’ll be giving her off until Friday when I’ll lunge her to see how she looks and hopefully we’ll be able to take our maiden voyage ride on Saturday.  That’s if she can manage to use her brain for a few more days and not act like she’s a runner up for the Kentucky Derby. 
It always amazes me that these huge animals are so fragile and seem to be able to hurt themselves quite often.  Someone recently said to me when I told them that she hurt her leg again and she wouldn’t be able to be ridden this week, “ Why don’t you just get another younger horse that isn’t injured all the time?”  How do you explain to a non-horsey person that you can’t trade them in like used cars?  Once you have a horse it’s your responsibility to take care of them and do what you can to give them a normal healthy happy life.  It would be like me suggesting to them that they ditch their dog or cat for a newer model. 

Anyway, fingers crossed that she doesn’t do anything else that’s stupid …um, less than smart this week.

Until next time
Quote for Today
Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.


  1. Haha, yes, if they were only like used cars! Wouldn't that be a bit easier? Horses are so fragile, it's a wonder any of them survive to old age. I was thinking about that the other day on my 2.5 hour trailering excursion. Why do they trailer at all? You take a half-wild animal, load it into a small contraption with wheels, then shut them in a divider, and somehow they accept that.

    I hope she heals up and you get that ride in!!

  2. Oh, I'm sorry Dusty has to wear the grazing muzzle but it's really a valuable tool to help them cut back. Poor girl. She'll be helped by it, but of course, she doesn't know that yet. On the farm where I board, there is a chunky pony who has been wearing one for a long time. And the pony does look better and trimmer.
    And on getting a "younger model"- with horses even a young one can find things to injure themselves with. I think they are just so darn curious about things (like sleeping in a dumpster, from one of your recent posts!! LOL!) that they don't realize they are rather fragile. Still, they are the most wonderful animal of all!!

  3. Sometimes I think they would still manage to find a way to mangle themselves, even wrapped in two layers of bubble wrap and living in a padded stall.

    Non-horse people really don't understand, but that's okay, because we do!

    Hope you get that maiden voyage ride SOON!

  4. Dusty is your girl! Loyalty to our horses is a good thing. She is so lucky to have you in her life.

  5. I have my fingers and toes crossed that you get to ride Dusty on the weekend!

    You cannot imagine the number of people who said to me "oh, if you don't like riding you can just sell your horse..." My usual response was "so if you don't like your children you will just find them another home?" because to me the responsibility is the same.

  6. Husband calls Dee the most high maintenance low maintenance horse. They are so incredibly fragile!

    It's not just non-horse people that don't get it. These days I seem to be surrounded by people who have horses to win or horses for status. They can't understand the attachment to one horse either. I think it's sad! Those people miss out on so much!

    Fingers crossed that Dusty is feeling better by the weekend!

  7. Ooo, lots of news to catch up on ... poor Dusty, she doesn't look at all impressed with that grazing muzzle, hope she's all healed up soon - fingers crossed you'll get to ride her by the weekend!
    Love the Blue-anecdotes - I think all your horses are fab but I must admit to being a little partial to him, he's such a character ... and I've always had a 'thing' for coloured horses anyway :D

  8. Fingers and toes crossed that she stays happy and sound.

  9. I just saw a new muzzle out by Best Friend that has a Thinline pad across the nose to make it more comfy, larger holes near the nostrils, and a strap that goes across from one side of the muzzle to the opposite browband - sounds weird but it looks okay and like it might give some added stability and distribute the weight in a slightly better way. Don't know if the added comfort would make it slightly less offensive to her or not! I hope she stays sound and that you can get back to riding. And if not, I think Dusty could have a job as a model - she's so lovely - take her photo with every horsey item you have on hand and send them in to the respective companies. She'll end up being the cover girl!!

  10. billie,
    Thanks for the info. I think we just ordered the new model for Blue. I'm sure he'll be thrilled. We'll see how it works out, he's the master of destruction with these muzzles.

    Thanks everyone for the well wishes for Dusty, she and I appreciate your thoughtfulness.

  11. That muzzle is for your own good, Dusty! Your momma loves you!

    Yeah. Non-horse people don't get it at all.

  12. Glad Dusty is on the mend. That was a bit scary.

    My Boys are mine forever. There are no trade ins on horses where I am concerned.


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