Nicely Played, Francis.

Those of you that connect with me on IG/FB already know, but Francis has actually been taking a little vacation.

He came in last week with a missing shoe (no big deal), but as I took a closer look and he got progressively more upset about me taking a closer look, it was clear that there was a solid heel grab in play there.

Of course being my usual dramatic self, I immediately made plans for Frankie’s retirement. In my defense, he was acting like that leg had been chopped off and his expression of long-suffering patience had a very studied air. Luckily my trainer took a look, smacked Frankie for being rude, and pronounced it essentially a really bad hangnail.

Not so dramatic after all.

But while it’s not that dramatic, Homeboy was still off for a little over a week as he healed. It’s been a lot of hand walking to keep him moving, plenty of epsom salt soaks to keep it clean, and lots of vetwrap and poultice pads to make sure no grit or germs get in there. He’s totally sound to tack walk and was at about 95% to flat around last night. Nothing visible but he felt just baaaarely NQR to me – could be the heel grab, could be stiffness from being stuck inside for a week in the cold. Either way he desperately needed some movement and the flatting helped his mood immensely. I’m not worried, we’re in no rush to get back to 100% and the wound itself is healing up just fine.

He’s been standing like an angel for his warm soaks, as long as I let him lick my hand for the full 15-20 minutes. A small price to pay to keep him happy.

This is actually a huge novelty, since this was the first time he’s needed more than 12 hours off to heal from anything. For a horse, he’s generally pretty sturdy.

Now that he’s not nearly as ouchie on it and I can stop pitying him, I’ve actually enjoyed this time to play together and relax! I caught some lessons on the school horses so I still got a workout in, and we did nice long 30-40 minute hand walks together. It’s also been a great chance for me to practice some basic first aid skills (like, extremely basic). His auntie even brought him a stall toy to keep him entertained in his confinement (the combination of awful mud and the  placement of the cut makes turnout unfortunately no good for now) and while we all find the banging noises annoying, he seems to really like his giant plastic apple.

sand angel
He’s been making plenty of sand angels on our walks to make sure he gets to stretch and address the itchies. Literally as soon as we walk in the ring, down he goes.

He’ll get to stay in light work while I’m in Ohio next week (I swear his timing is uncanny, how do horses always know?!), but fingers crossed he’ll be healed up and ready to get back to full work when I return!

And after every sand angel, he stays laying down for a little bit surveying the ring. Apparently he doesn’t like to be rushed.

10 thoughts on “Nicely Played, Francis.

  1. Avery 02/13/2019 / 9:14 am

    Aw poor guy! My mare had did something similar once and was very dramatic about it.


  2. Rachel - For Want of a Horse 02/13/2019 / 9:45 am

    Glad he is feeling better! I am so sad that I won’t be able to come down to WEC to see you. My trainers are part of Canter for a Cure. Their mom passed away from pancreatic cancer and the annual fundraiser dinner is the weekend you will be there. Kristen (Stampy and the Brain) and I were hoping to take a day trip since in the grand scheme it really isn’t that far for us. You are going the weekend of the 23rd right???


    • hellomylivia 02/13/2019 / 9:46 am

      I’ll be there the 18th-24th! Sad I’ll miss you, but sounds like a really wonderful cause ❤


  3. Britt 02/13/2019 / 10:15 am

    Aw, Foster is a licker too- it’s like it’s his self soothing trick 🙂


    • hellomylivia 02/13/2019 / 12:11 pm

      It’s so funny! He just kept going. And going. And going and going…


  4. Stacie Seidman 02/13/2019 / 11:24 am

    Glad it’s nothing major! I hope he’s back to perfect when you return from Ohio. That is good timing though! My horses like to do these things when they’re supposed to be the ones showing. So great that you were able to keep riding and lessoning too! Probably was helpful to ride some different ones before heading out to meet your lease horse at the show.


    • hellomylivia 02/13/2019 / 12:11 pm

      I swear he thought he was going to Ohio and tried to get out of it! Jokes on him, now he’s in the lesson program for the week I’m gone. Congrats, horse, you played yourself.


  5. HunkyHanoverian 02/14/2019 / 4:46 pm

    So so glad it’s not serious!! Also glad this happened while you were planning to be away any. Fingers crossed for a speedy recovery so you 2 can get back into action!


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