Last Wednesday, I had the scare of my life! My groom (the one that takes care of my horse) gave me a call saying that Jive, my horse, had a slight fever, and had a swollen groin area. She had an infection. Cellulitis, a bacterial infection of the connective tissues under the skin, is most common in the hind limb according to ©EQUUS Magazine. This has never happened in the 16 years that I have had her. You can’t imagine all the things that were going through my head. What was happening to my baby? Is she really getting that old? Is is really time to put her to pasture?
The vet, Dra. Anna, was only available the next day. An exchange of text messages and phone calls were made as I couldn’t go to Polo that day. I kept asking the groom to update me. The tack shop had all the necessary medicines and supplies except one, Furacin. The next shipment would be next week and we couldn’t wait that long. But the vet told me not to worry because the other grooms could lend some in the meantime. Being so worried about Jive, I called my cousin, Mike, who is a small animal vet. Thank God that he had the ointment in his pharmacy which he asked one of his vets to send a tub to my house! Thank you! It was called Furazone which in the long run is the exactly same that the other grooms had.
It has been a “battle” with my mom about the stabling of Jive. I understand the expenses that come with stabling a horse. For years, I have managed to find another rider who will “half-stable” Jive with me. Meaning that person shares with the expenses thus making it cheaper. For the past weeks or months, I have been asking around of where I can send my horse (farm) but it seems that it is still cheaper to stable her at the club. I have even asked other riders how much they spend a month. Surprisingly enough, what I spend for Jive is dirt cheap (not really, nothing is cheap). Half of what others spend though. Been worrying about that and not wanting to get into a lengthy emotional discussion with my mother. She has already said that starting January, she does not want to pay for anything anymore. Little does she know that, what she pays for is just the excess of the total. Sigh. Moving on to other things…
Because of the cold weather, Jive’s coat has become so thick that she looks like a huge dog! Fluffy soft doggie. Kakagigil.
BUT she really needed to be clipped. It took more than two weeks to schedule the clipping. Why? Because the clippers to be used were Tita Marivic’s (riding teacher, coach, second mom) and she does NOT let anyone touch them or use them except Nanding, my previous groom. Nanding was busy with another horse that had colic so he was not available. I didn’t want to be a nag so I waited again. When Jive got her infection, the vet herself suggested that Jive be clipped. After that scheduling ordeal, Jive finally got clipped, everyone was present. My Tita Marivic, the grooms, the vet, myself, and two other riders, Frances and Isa. It was a big affair. Hehe. I’d like to think of it as moral support for Jivey.=)
Jive was such a trooper. Dra. Anna was worried that all the discomfort, the standing in one position for so long, past her meal time, her being clipped would stress her out. But it didn’t. I was so proud of her! Number one trooper! She drank a lot of water and ate her feeds were not enough for her. Haha.
Jive was all bandaged up on both hind legs to balance her footing as the vet explained.
Only downside of it all was the expenses that were piling up. All the supplies needed, antibiotics, vitamins, and others. I bought the extra supplies in Mercury Drug because it was 10x cheaper there like the Betadine and roll of cotton. Actually, medications are still on going. Vet bill not included yet. =(
Last Saturday, I practically spent the whole day in Polo. From 9am til almost 8pm. From looking after Jive, watching a horseshow, and checking up again after the show. She was a bit more playful probably relived that all that hair was gone too. I know because she was being kulit. Look…
She was well enough to be walked all the way from her stall to the small arena which is quite a distance. I allowed her t0 graze a bit. Not the best grass but it should be ok.
I was a nervous wreck the whole week because of Jive. Thank God that she is okay now. That infection really worn her down. Added Vitamin C, she should be good to go. I could ride her more again. I love you Jivey.