Well, today Shyanne was limping badly on her right front leg. She wouldn't put much weight on her heel at all. That, to the experienced eye, is the tell tale sign of an abscess in the hoof. *bangs head on table*
An abscess is nothing serious(unless it continues to worsen) and will sometimes heal itself. But usually you have to give it many treatments of soaking the hoof in special salts and hot water (after you locate the abscess and let it drain). Which is really a pain in the behinder when you have to heat the water in the house and then slog it all the way to the east pasture. Then you have the task of trying to keep the horse's foot in the water, because it stings them, This is not easy an easy project. And they splash you in the struggle and then the water turns to ice because horses have the nerve to always get abscesses during nasty weather(e.g. Today it's freezing, windy and sleeting). I think they plan it all out.
You might be able to tell that I have traveled this road before. I don't have to soak Shyanne's foot. Yet. Dad thinks it might heal on its own. *Oh, please!!* So yeah, I'll keep you updated. If anyone has questions about abscesses, you now know who to talk too! *smiles weakly*
On to the other horse stuff!
In the High School Sunday class last Sunday I ran across an awesome Bible verse! I was so excited because I finely found the place in the Bible where it actually speaks of the majesty of the horse!
(Summery of the chapter: God is basically putting Job in his place when he questions God's justice and control)
"... Do you give the horse his strength
or clothe his neck with a flowing mane?
Do you make him leap like a locust,
Striking terror with his proud snorting?
He laughs at fear, afraid of nothing;
he does no shy from the sword...."
Something about that verse was just awesome to me at that moment; ya know? Have you ever gotten really excited about a verse you came across in the Bible?