Week One -Amy’s Injury-

As most of you may know Amy had a rather big accident recently, I have been giving up dates via the facebook page and will continue to do so but will also give a summary of each week following everything from what she is eating, doing, feeling and any vet information. This blog post will however be a longer one as it will be a little bit of a story time post as well (bare with me)

I would also say sit down and get comfortable, grab a cup of tea and maybe a biscuit or two but only if you are okay with blood as there is a picture that will be included that has a lot of blood.


On Saturday morning (23/06/2018) I had just finished feeding the girls and I was ready to head off to work. Amy decided that she wanted to have a taste of pip’s feed and so i decided to move it so they couldn’t see each other. All was well and then amy decided to kick out like her usual self running around like a crazy mare but she kicked to close to the shed and her hoof struck the shed there was no join so she actually put a hole right through it and then pulled it out, it all seemed to happen in slow motion and then she galloped off, after she galloped off i noticed something on the shed and you guessed it, it was blood.


(Picture of the shed)

Amy then came bounding past me with a loud squishing sound and blood pouring out everywhere, i grabbed the first aid kit and my phone and messaged our agistment owner Jenny “i need help” while Jenny came down i chased amy around the paddock and into a small yard meanwhile her foot was actually flapping about with blood left, right and center. At this point pip was a little confused and looking at us like ‘can i have my food back yet’. Once Jenny arrived (we were at around 5 minutes since it had happened) we got amy into a smaller yard/stall and Jenny called the vet while i was frantically trying to call a good friend who works at a vet and the picture below is what we were looking at, at around the 10 minute mark


At around the 12-15 minute mark Jenny told me i needed to try and get some pressure onto it to stop the bleeding, i ran to my car and grabbed my helmet and without much confidence or trust in my baby girl i went head first and tried my best to put pressure onto her hoof. The blood wasn’t slowing down and as Jenny describes it “like pouring a cup of tea”, her blood was so hot and bright red and i went through steri pads like they were going out of fashion…

We hit the 20 minute mark and it was like something had come over me and i just grabbed her leg and began wrapping it with blood running all over my shoes, Jods and hands covered in it i just kept reassuring Amy with “its okay its just mumma” ” its okay mum is here” while Jenny held her and tried to talk to me and her to keep me calm. Believe it or not but the photo above was just the beginning, you would have thought i had killed someone there. At this point i was still in shock, as the vet arrived we hit the 25-30 minute mark. I began to get a little upset but still wasn’t completely mess i think that was due to the shock and adrenaline.. although i do think amy came out of the shock of it all and started to feel the pain and understand what was going on. Pip at this stage was standing around 5 meters away pooping like there was no tomorrow clearly she was very nervous and stressed about what was going on, she stayed in that spot the whole time the vet was there.

When the vet arrived he came right over and gave her something to sedate her, then if i recall right her gave her a nerve blocker just above the area and then tightly wrapped a tourniquet (a black rubber type bandage thats not a bandage type thing) which was to help stop the blood from coming down i think… he then washed it all out and had a look at what he was dealing with reassuringly telling us this is the worst one he has ever seen. He then checked the joint and flushed out the area with a needle. What we now know is that she cut through the coronary band, an artery and through her coffin joint, she was then stitched back together as best he could while she moved around, she was given more sedation as it was becoming hard and dangerous for him while he was working so close to her, he also ended up putting a twitch on her upper lip/nose which gave me a good giggle as she did look quite funny. The purpose of a twitch is for her to focus on that rather than everything else that is going on.

We are now at the 1 hour mark since it all happened, the vet wrapped her foot up and gave me and Jenny instructions on what to do from then on. He also gave the sentence all horse owners (and other pet owners) dread.


After minimal sleep i woke up and to be completely blunt and honest I didn’t want to go to the paddock.. in my heart i did but in my gut i honestly thought i would turn up to a dead horse, there is just no nice way to put that. At 9am on the 24/06/2018 the vet arrived and administered eritromisin and a few other drugs and asked me if i have had a think about the conversation that we had the day before. At this point in time amy wasn’t showing any signs of infection (lameness, swelling and heat) in fact she was putting all her weight on it. Jenny then met me at 5pm to administer her penicillin.


Monday the 25/06/2018 the vet arrived at the paddock at 6.30am to give her a few injections that only he can administer. We are now at day three being the 26/06/2018 the vet arrived at around 6.30am to change Amy’s dressings and look at the stitches.

(Picture quality wasn’t fantastic as this was at 6.30am it was still dark)


Wednesday the 27/06/2018 the vet arrived again at 6.30am the administer this last round of antibiotics, pain medication and such and then left me with some oral bute 5ml per day and to continue with the penicillin 20mls twice a day which Jenny has been helping to administer.


I had the day off so i decided to knock up some temporary yards for amy to go into while i cleaned out her little stall. I was intending on letting her stay in there for around and hour or so, so she could have some grass and a little roll but someone… AMY decided to spin around multiple times and kicking out so back into the small little stall it was.


Friday 29/06/2018 amy still has no lameness or swelling, our pour little pincushion as Jenny calls her, is still going strong. Her stall was becoming very yuck, stinking and starting to get muddy so i had some sand delivered from Newcomb sand and soil Torquay and with prompt delivery the sand arrived in the afternoon which meant i could make her living arrangements a little more comfortable at the same time giving Jenny a heart attack as the sound of the truck tipping the sound, sounded just like when amy kicked the shed.


One week since it all happened and amy had her dressing changed at 1.30pm by the vet, she was sedated and we got a good look at the stitches and the area, it looks to be healing really well and we still have no signs of infection, as we had no infection in the first five days we have less chance of infection from here on out BUT that doesn’t mean she cannot get and infection. I have now been instructed to finish the bottles of penicillin and continue the bute once a day and then start her onto ilium sulprim another antibiotic to help prevent infection etc which she will go on one day after finishing the penicillin having 2 1/2 scoops into her food twice a day.

Thankyou to everyone for all your prayers, thoughts and help. A special thanks to Jenny who has been more than helpful with everything and to the girls from across the road (Hannah and Charlotte) for checking on me and amy, making sure everything was okay and sorted.

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Week Three, Four & Five -Amy’s Injury-

I’m going to cut straight to the chase as it has taken me forever just to get this post up hence why there are three weeks in the one update..

Week Three

Amy was doing fantastic no swelling and she finished all her antibiotics, our vet came out on the Saturday (14/07/18) and took out her stitches and re wrapped her foot, leaving it all up to me now. He made me re trot her up and told me she is sound and should be rideable. she has now been sentenced to another 2 months in her little area and is allowed 30 minute walks daily to be able to graze.

Below are the pictures of her foot after the stitches were taken out.

Week Four

Amy still doing great and healing well, with the vet overseas i decided to change her bandage/dressing as it was getting wet and yucky upon changing it i found this (picture below) on the back where the duck tape was rubbing, she wasn’t in any pain but it made me worry as it was soft and squishy.

Charlotte helped me to re dress it and i put a steri pad on the new wound and the original wound and wrapped it like the vet usually would.

After further discussion with many other people most were saying to uncover it and let it harden as the hoof could collapse if it gets too soft, therefore creating more problems for amy and myself I decided to take it all off and wrap is as pictured below.


Week Five

After letting my mind run wild I decided to get another vet out to check her wound and after all that he just wrapped it and said it would be fine until our normal vet is back out again. Amy has been so fantastic over the course of this last month and so i have been treating her to a bit of free grazing… just don’t tell my vet that.. when i am letting her free graze i am allowing her to wounded around in the larger part of the holding pen area and she is doing wonderful, every now and then she decides to have a little kick around and such but she is very gentle and cautious of her foot when doing so and when she is done she just returns to her little cell.


Today (28/07/2018) I changed her dressing again and her new wound is starting to look a little better and a tad less squishy. The green in the photos below is just the gel/cream stuff that helps with the wound.




Week Two -Amy’s Injury-


Can you believe it has been 2 weeks?!

Day eight, nine and ten

Amy continued to get injections morning and night from Jenny until our giant pincushion decided she no longer wanted to play nice and decided to pin her ears back and Jenny and try to bite her so Jenny and i made the call to stop with the injections (she only had around 1 day worth left) after asking the vet if this was okay we stopped the injections and i continued with the 5ml of bute in the mornings going one day without antibiotics (day ten).

Day eleven

I started Amy on her powdered antibiotics and continued with her 5ml of bute. The antibiotics (sulprim) is morning and night 2.5 large scoops into damp chaff, i was actually worried that she wouldn’t eat her feed because of the different taste but there was no fussing from our little fighter!

Day twelve and thirteen

Amy’s still go no lameness and is putting all her weight on her foot! I don’t know how but she still isn’t bored of that little space although she does smell like wee because she has been laying down on the sand which she also uses as a toilet.. i mean it is tight quarters in there!

Some exciting news… this is something not most horse owners get too excited about but certainly owners of horses who are off the track would understand, AMY NOW EATS CARROTS!!! This is thanks to Charlotte who just brought her very own horse who is now in the paddock next to the girls and he didn’t want to eat his carrot so Charlotte gave it to Amy who she said dropped it out of her mouth, this is typical of Amy who hates them but as i walked over to her she was munching on it so i raced off to the shed to get another carrot and sure enough she now loves carrots.


Day fourteen

Okay so 2 weeks since the injury and we had the vet out again for her check up and bandage change and here’s the latest…

For starters still no proud flesh pushing out on the stitches and all the stitches are still in, there was however still liquid coming from somewhere and he was hoping there would be none by this stage but in saying that he wasn’t to concerned. He also asked me to walk her so he could see her movement and then he asked me to trot her up… you read right he asked me to trot her up and after doing so he said the words “SHE LOOKS SOUND” i mean OMG… this made me so happy BUT I don’t want to get to excited yet because anything can happen and I don’t want to set myself up for any disappointment.


The vet has decided to keep the stitches in for another week and see how they go and also the bandages, he did say at this point he would like to be changing them every second day but would rather see how she goes for another week, this also being because Amy is a bit of a kicker so having to sedate her each time isn’t fair on her or the budget which we are yet to find out… we have also been given the okay to do daily hand walking for 10-15 minutes so she can eat some grass but if she begins to get pushy she goes back into her little area as we don’t want her injuring herself any further or slowing down her recovery.


Since Saturday..

Since Saturday morning my brain hasn’t stopped running.

I’m feeling positive, I’m ahead of it all and then someone overtakes me I start to loose momentum, things begin to make less sense and hope begins to fade, Then I get a hit of positivity I start to gain back my momentum I overtake someone and then someone else I’m planning my victory in my head as I try to stay in control, Suddenly I trip and fall, my eyes fill with tears and all I can think of is what can go wrong rather than what can go right…

Since Saturday I have been running a marathon, a marathon of confusion, negativity and heartache.

Since Saturday i have been running a marathon but have been meet with so much support.

Since Saturday i have seen my girl go from strength to strength.

Since Saturday I’ve been holding my breath.

– Mariah Smyth

What colour can you see?

I don’t know how it came about but I wondered the other day if horses see in colour or black and white.

Here’s what I discovered…

Horses do see in colour but not the vibrant colours that we see. Horses for one cannot see the colour red, however their eyes pick up the blue and green hues of all other colours this is called dichromatic vision, most mammals including horses, dogs and cats are dichromats, and yes you read right dogs do see colour!

Humans have what is called trichromatic vision allowing us to see in full colour we share this with several primates such as chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans but most fish also are trichromats.

Monochromatic vision is black, white and grey. As most of us know bulls are one animal that can only see in black and white but there are many other animals that share this vision including seals, sea lions, dolphins, whales, hamsters, raccoons and bats.

To Rug Or Not To Rug? -winter addition-

People rug their horses for all kinds of reasons BUT the most common mistake is rugging our horses because WE are feeling cold and well lets admit it, they are out babies and we don’t want them to feel even the lightest chill but we have to remember that they grow winter coats for this reason WINTER!

Types Of Rugs -winter addition-

  1. stable sheet (no fill and only worn inside)
  2. stable rug (has fill but not waterproof)
  3. turnout sheet (waterproof with no fill)
  4. turnout rug (waterproof with fill for warmth)
  5. Canvas wool lined (waterproof and wool for warmth)
  6. Canvas un lined (essentially a rain sheet but not synthetic material)


Why Rug?

  1. If your horse is stabled for most of the day or even night it is recommended to rug your horse even with just a stable rug (used for well you guessed it.. the stable) this is because when your horse is stabled they are unable to move around enough to warm themselves up that’s where the rug comes in handy.
  2. If your horse is underweight, old or sick it important to rug your horse to make sure they can keep as much of their energy for what you could call backups just incase there is a lot of rain and their rug gets really wet they can use that energy to keep warm.
  3. This one being fairly obvious but if your horse is clipped you should be rugging it.
  4. Rugging can also assist your horse in not growing out a large amount of it full and thick winter coat this is usually done by riders who are going to be participating in events during the colder months but do not wish to clip their horses.

Australian Temperature Guide 

Horses with a full winter coat can keep themselves warm in temperatures’ well below zero. Unlike humans who begin to feel the cold at temps as low as 12 degrees, horses critical temperature level (in which they can no longer exert energy to keep warm) is -7 degrees. below I will insert a table showing the recommended rugging for horses please remember this is only a guide and also directed towards horses in Australia. As a horse owner you should or should consider finding out how your horses is during our colder months finding out if your horse runs hot or not is vital in the rugging process. If you are not sure always remember it is better to UNDER rug than to OVER rug your horses and it is recommended to use a cotton sheet under your horses winter rugs not only because it makes it easier to keep the rug clean and free of horse hairs but it also helps to absorb your horses sweat if they are a horse that runs hot. This doesn’t mean that you should rug your hot running horse with a cotton sheet and a heavy winter rug but gives you piece of mind during the process of working out what types of rugs work best for your horse that you are helping to avoid them overheating in that process.

rule of thumb is if your horse is sweating under their winter rug is probably way to heavy for them. unlike us when we want to keep warm we usually go for a nice heavy blanket or coat but a horse will actually consume hay to help keep their body warm and also run around enough to keep itself nice and warm. If your horse is clearly shivering and its ears are cold than this is a sign that they are in fact cold and do need rugging but again each horse is different.

You will also need to consider the weather conditions.

For example (the following again is my own opinion and what I do with MY horses)

On a sunny day with no breeze and no forecasted rain I let the girls run naked.. this being 15 degrees and above.

On a slightly sunny/cloudy day with a light breeze and forecasted rain I will rug both girls with a no fill rain sheet (turnout rug) the weather being 15 degrees or above (it gets fairly windy where we are and the girls have no protection unless they are willing to walk into the wind to get to their shelter..)

On days lower than 12 degrees I will rug PIP in a winter rug (220gram fill) with a cotton sheet under as pip seems to be fine and doesn’t run hot unlike Amy who I will keep in a rain sheet unless we have heavy rain then I will put her in a winter rug which is also 220gram fill which is way to warm for her but at the moment its all I have and I really only use it if it has been raining for most of the day and I feel she needs a little something over night.

For a horse like pip (19 rising ) overnight I like to put her winter rug on but Amy will continue to wear her rain sheet again unless it is pouring with rain and then I will have her winter rug on if it is wet and under 6 degrees.

An added note in which I hear recently is that if you go onto your phones weather app and read the temperature it will usually say for example:

outside temp is 10.3 degrees

feels like 5.5 degrees..

if the feels like temperature is any more than 2 degrees lower than the actual temperature it is best to go by the feels like temp.

Apparently we are in for a warmer winter than usual so fingers crossed there will be more riding on the agenda for myself and Amy.

On a high note its day 2 of winter and it hasn’t been that bad I’m loving the sunshine and so are the girls! it was definitely a no rug kind of day here..

*All information was sourced via google, blogs saddleries and books mashed into my own words… none of this is 100% accurate and purely my own opinion and understanding going by my horses and my own knowledge*

Barefoot And Beautiful..

Story/rant time..

Have you ever left your horses feet a little to long? Have you ever put of picking them out because they can be fussy and down right disrespectful? Well lets not lie we all have.

Unfortunately there was a few weeks where i really struggled to pick out Amy’s feet she is so strong and i lost a lot of confidence when she would snatch it back and push me around. I should have kept it up but I didn’t. Then i had our farrier continue to cancel on me over 6 times within a few weeks, i searched around for other farriers but the one i was using was fantastic, well priced and happy to come out early in the morning to fit in with my working hours. Finally locked him down to then get a message the night before saying that he actually wont be coming out as he thought it was two horses feet to be done not just the one… originally i had told him that i would like both Pip and Amy’s feet doing but Pip actually looks after her own feet some how she chips them away and leaves them looking perfect but due to her past she is also hard to get near even i struggle some days so i let him know from the first message that i would let him know how she is doing to day before to see if we could get her feet done as I didn’t want to stress her out for no reason, so when i messaged him that night i just let him know that she was a little hard to catch that night and wasn’t worth the stress and that’s when he decided it wasn’t worth doing just one horse… Talk about only being in it for the money.

The next morning rolled around and he showed up 15 minutes late, and had the nerve to say and i quote “well you left them a little to long this time round didn’t you”… well that was it i wanted Amy to kick him one! The whole reason she had super long feet was because he kept cancelling me and I couldn’t get ahold of anyone else. But karma came around and as i was leaving the paddock i found $2 on the top of the mud and then another $1 near the gate! Take that buddy ahahaha i think its safe to say that next time i will be finding someone else to do Amy’s feet.

After the tiny guilt trip the farrier and my brain gave me i decided no long would she pull this stupid snatching business i googled everything possible to try and see how i could ‘trick’ her into letting me do her feet.. Then we had success! And I’m happy to say after so many tears, frustration and sore arms i have picked out Amy’s feet 2 days running with snatching only on her front feet but i have picked them out and i am so proud of myself and her but mainly myself!

If anyone has trouble picking out their horses feet let me know, I’d love to do a little ‘how to’ post or different strategies to help you and your horse to hoof picking success.

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