Thursday, June 18, 2009
It's almost summer and Bela and Honey are still stall-bound. Their stall has been extended to 12'x24' so there's enough space for them physically and mentally. Honey doesn't seem to mind nowadays since it's fly-free in the barn and she hates bugs. Give her feed and water and she's content. Bela's leg seems to have improved immensely, to the point where sometimes there's little evidence of a limp. By her antics, she's eager to get out in the wide open spaces, but that won't happen for some time yet. Luckily she probably doesn't remember being outside at all. So she's not missing what she doesn't know. We are now more optimistic for her full recovery.
Monday, June 1, 2009
It's June 1 and there's an unfortunate update to Bela's growth and progress. A week ago, she fell while acting the giddy goat and although innocuous at first, this tumble turned out to have caused what appears to be a break in a growth plate. To date, she's responded to the double-daily doses of pain, anti-inflammatory and anti-ulcer meds, and is able to get up and down on her own, but she'll require stall rest for three to four months and likely weaning much earlier than normal. If she does survive, it'll be a long and slow process. We're hoping her young age at the time of the break will be a positive factor in the healing process. Honey is getting a bit bored being inside 24/7 and tried to bite off my arm the other day. She got a mouthful of sleeve instead , but she's obviously ready for a good bit of exercise. And I think I mentioned before, she hates cameras, so it's almost impossible to capture any snaps of her baby.