Wouldn’t it be great if “life as usual” was relaxing and fun? Last night as I was feeding the horses their dinner, a thunderstorm rolled in. There was lightening very close, so I ran back to the house without closing up the back windows on the stalls or filling the water buckets. It was a wild storm, with torrential rain. We could hardly see out the windows because it was coming down so hard.
Finally, there was a break before the next storm blew through. I went back out to the barn to tuck the girls in and make sure they had enough water. Did they ever! Silk’s stall flooded in the insane downpour. I didn’t have any of my trusty bags of wood pellet horse bedding. All I could do was try to pull some of the shavings and mashed wood pellets from under the water buckets where it was banked up on the side of the barn. I raked as much as I could and stomped it down to try to soak up the water. I tried to set Silk up in the back of her stall with a flake of hay, but I felt so bad to have to leave the mess until morning. All night, I heard the rain coming down, and I worried and worried.
The bedding was wet in the morning, but my horse wasn’t standing in water. I was the first one at the feed store when they opened ,and I bought some more wood pellets and shavings. Then, I spent a couple of hours digging out Silk’s stall and refreshing it with clean, dry bedding. I have to say, it looked so fluffy, I was ready to lie down in it myself when I finished. The entire time, I was well aware that my poor horse was itching herself like crazy out in the dirt patch in the pasture. She looks awful. The fly mask rubbed away the hair on her face, and the gnats are back eating her mane and her belly and under her tail.
So, after I drank a gallon of water and Silk had a short siesta in her stall, it was time for a bath. I’m lucky that she likes to get wet. It took me well over an hour to really wash her and rinse her thoroughly. Then, I dried her belly and as much as I could underneath, and I applied Vaseline to protect her from the bugs. For the base of her mane and around her ears, I decided to try this ointment called Biozide Gel that has some iodine in it. I’ve used it when the horses cut themselves, and it is really good stuff. It doesn’t sting and is both bactericidal and fungicidal. The wounds healed very quickly when I’ve tried it before. I’m hoping that the taste of the iodine won’t appeal to the gnats. Can you tell this is beginning to drive me crazy?
Silk didn’t complain at all when I locked her in her stall. I didn’t want her to roll in the dirt with all that gooey salve on her. I swear she was saying thank you to me. She’ll probably look tarred and feathered tomorrow after sleeping in the shavings. Siete was not a happy camper. I only had the energy to pick out her feet, and she got sent to bed early too tonight. My arms feel like jelly, and I’m ready to crawl up the stairs to my room and hit the hay myself. I don't want to think that this is "life as usual", but I've sure been here so many times before that I know the drill. I just wish Silk could get some relief.