Last week I told you about our 3 year old horse Jack who wasn’t feeling good. After consulting with the vet the official diagnosis was tetanus. We think he must have rolled over the nail Jonesy found in his main causing the puncture wound. It was badly infected causing Jack to have a stiff neck and swelling in his face especially his eyes. We had to put him in a stall by himself and keep it as cool and dark as possible. We gave him a shot of anti-tetanus toxin and he gets a shot of penicillin each day. The wound has to be irrigate with a mixture of Peroxide and penicillin. The wound has actually healed nicely, but Jack is still pretty stiff.
Today the wound is completely closed. He seems to feel some better each day, but it’s hard for me not to worry about him. I wish the progress were much faster. It is very hard to see him like this. The encouraging news is that the vet thinks he will make a 100% recovery with no residual effects due to the fact that we caught it early.
One of the mama’s doesn’t seem to want to pass her afterbirth, so again the vet was consulted. She now is on penicillin too, along with a medication to help the uterus shrink and shed the placenta.
Another mama is not real sure about the little critter that wants to get up close and personal. Every time he trys to eat she kicks him…hard. This is not uncommon for a first time heifer. The poor little guy was pretty weak and so Jonesy put him in the cab of the farm truck and brought him home. I’ll be his mama now. 🙂
Isn’t he cute! I am calling him Little Man and will feed him with a bottle morning and night. The milk is a little like formula for a baby.
The garden is just about done. Maybe someday I will plant a fall garden, but not this year. I canned salsa using 100 pounds of tomatoes.
This big ole pot yielded 19 quarts. It smelled amazing in here!
That’s it for this week…thanks for coming along!