I'm so done.
This weekend I was supposed to do a Fun Day with 16 obstacles and the time to work through them until Ashke was comfortable. In two weeks I was supposed to do a schooling show at the same place, with the same people, so I could practice my dressage, the EOH phase and get Ashke blazing on the speed round. All of that has been cancelled. There has been an outbreak of VSV:
Vesicular stomatitis Indiana virus (VSIV) (often still referred to as VSV) is a virus in the family Rhabdoviridae; the well-known rabies virus belongs to the same family. VSIV can infect insects,
cattle, horses and pigs. It has particular importance to farmers in
certain regions of the world where it can infect cattle. This is because
its clinical presentation is identical to the very important foot and mouth disease virus.
The virus is zoonotic and leads to a flu-like illness in infected humans.
VSV results in blisters (think cancer sores) on the horse's mouth and tongue. Sometimes the blisters appear in the coronary band. It is not normally deadly (immuno compromised horses aside) and the biggest concern is the loss of weight from the horse not wanting to eat, which is countered by offering wet, soupy food instead. It passes in a week or so, but the quarantine time is 21 days.
This makes three summers in a row with a reason to quarantine the barn (although the State Vet doesn't recommend curtailing or cancelling equine events for VSV). (Pigeon Fever, fungal scare of multiple flavors, EHV1 and now VSV). It kind of sucks.
That is the first issue facing us.
The second is Ashke's feet.
From December 2012 until May 2013, Ashke had his feet trimmed by Michelle. She was wonderful. However, she will no longer travel to do feet, which makes me very sad. I understand why she's making that choice, I'm just not happy about it.
Ashke has been NQR on his right front ever since his first trim with the new barefoot trimmer. Bad enough that even after the trimmer came back out, I wasn't happy with the way his feet looked, how he was moving, and brought in a second opinion. I have even been thinking about shoes. Unfortunately, the new barefoot trimmer took off so much hoof wall (first thing he did was rasp the outside hoof walls up almost three inches all the way around) that the second farrier (out to evaluate putting shoes on him) couldn't put shoes on him without risking Ashke ripping out a chunk of his hoof wall.
This is the same horse that Michelle said 12 weeks ago, had perfect feet. And a nice thick hoof wall.
I just want to cry.
J and I were to do a ride yesterday, but he was just sore enough in the boots that we turned around less than a mile out. That means that over the three days of the weekend, we managed to ride twice - both times less than two miles. And the weather couldn't have been better. 82 on Saturday and 75 on Sunday.
Instead, Ashke was treated with Bute and then we drove to Murdoch's and picked up a container of Magic Cushion.
To make matters worse, we did a Moonlit ride up North Table Mountain last night (more on that tonight - with blurry pictures) and on the one brief gallop we did Ashke managed to throw both hind boots, tearing the gaiter on one of them. They are incredibly loose now, given that his hooves are shorter and shaped differently. Luckily, the bute helped and he was just a touch sensitive on his right front (this has been a chronic problem foot since I first got him). Overall, he did great on the ride, even after throwing both hind boots.
I really am leaning toward shoes on him. I'm tired of the inconsistent performance of the Gloves and am really afraid to spend the money on Renegades. It just feels like one issue after another. Sigh.
I left him last night fly sheet covered with a thick pad of Magic Cushion on his feet.
As a Best Practices bit of information for anyone wanting to use Magic Cushion: I used a putty knife from the hardware store to apply it. That worked incredibly well. It went on evenly across the hoof, packed well into all the crevasses, and I didn't even have to wear gloves for the application. Highly recommend getting a metal or plastic putty knife for application.