Thursday, May 1, 2008


I tried to drain her on Monday and couldn't get anything out. I called the vet and he said we have gotten all of it out. What is left is scar tissue and it could take anywhere from 3-12 months for it to go away. He said the best thing to do is cold/warm compresses once to twice daily and massage the area to help it absorb and break down faster. I can start riding her slowly and give her Bute if needed. I have been flexing her the last couple of days and she seems to be doing fine. So I have started riding her in small intervals a couple times a day. Just bareback walking around and flexing, circles, just basic things to get her back into moving again. Next week I am going to start saddling her and working her alittle harder. Keeping my fingers crossed! Thanks for all your thoughts and concerns with my girl! I really appreciated it and it meant alot to me!! Have a great Thursday!!


Callie said...

Good news!

BrownEyed Cowgirls said...

That is great.
Hope Savannah had an awesome birthday. Does dad have an arsenal? Because those boys are going to be knocking your door down in a few years....She is just beautiful!!

Becca said...

Good to hear that Angel is on the mend. I know how frustrating it can be to have one out of commission when you have a big things coming up that you want to go to.
Try this on her we've used it for years on our barrel horses and it really works. Mix 1/3 DMSO to 2/3 Bigeloil in a pint bottle, top off with water and shake well.
I like to put it in a spray bottle, it's easier to apply. Make sure the area is clean, DMSO carries ANYTHING thru the skin, that applies to you too. Try it out on a small spot, if your horse is thin skinned or sensitive, you might have to dilute the mix a little more. This stuff is good for necks,back,legs, sprains, strains,sore muscles, and helps break down scars. I've use it on myself when I've had sore muscles and it works and I've had no ill effects on me or my horses.
Spray the mix on the area, get a tennis ball and massage in a counterclockwise direction, this breaks up the scar tissue and helps with stiffness. We learned this method from a lady that works as an chiropractor for horses. We've done this for year on our horses to help with soreness and such.
If you can get your hands on a laser grab it. They work wonders and will shorten the time she needs to heal a great deal. You can find them on-line to rent, I've used one on Mickey and I can tell you that they work. Hope you can use some of this and it helps. Good luck, Becky

Carroll Farm said...

That is a gorgeous picture! Love the belt buckle! I am glad to hear that Angel is doing better. It is good that she is letting you ride her.
We rescued another on on Tues. She has a smashed in eye- so we arent' sure how well she sees, and she is skinny. I am going to have pictures of her up hopefully tonight.

Rising Rainbow said...

Oh, I have heard of this mix of bigeol oil and dmso. They say it is amazing.

Pony Girl said...

I am glad your girl is on the mend! It sounds like you are taking good care of her. I'm sure the riding and flexing are making her feel better and like she's getting back to her horsey self!

Mrs Mom said...

Great news about that sweet mare of yours. Sounds like she is well on the way to mend there, and you two will be back in action ;)

BEAUTIFUL shot of Savannah! Hope she had an amazing birthday!

Karen said...

Happy Birthday to your girl! I'm just catching back up with everyone this morning, and hope that your Angel continues to be on the mend. She's just beautiful, and Alaina is very concerned for her, too.
Have a great week-end.

Frazzled Farm Wife said...

That's great!

Nonna said...

Nice to hear that Angel is progressing along well. I hope you all have a nice weekend!!

Midlife Mom said...

What good news that is!!! So glad she is making progress and even able to be ridden a bit!! That in itself will make her feel better. Never heard of the dmso mixture, will have to check it out, sounds good.

Hope you're having a great weekend!

Shirley said...

Glad that Angel is on the mend. By the way, I love your slide show, you have some great pictures on there!