My dear reader,
Have you ever wondered what a Horse Hospital is like and do you believe you will never have to go there? Well think twice, I had to go there 2 times this last week and it was an emotional yet very interesting learning experience.
You know Gibli, our new guest horse that has been here for about 2 weeks now?
If you read my blog regularly you would have seen the movie of him arriving and of how Farina reacted to him, if not, please do watch it, it’s cool and crazy.
So Gibli had a running nose one day, the next day slimy yellow stuff ( bit like Ghostbusters’ slime monster) was pouring out and it smelled awful. The vet came and said it was an esophagus obstruction, in other words something was stuck in his throat and the food he swallowed couldn’t go through and found it’s way back out through his nose. Pretty disgusting, but hey, that’s what you get owning horses
So the vet gave him an injection and all was well. He was eating normal again and his nose was fine again, Odette (his owner) and I looked pretty silly crouching down watching his every move as he went drinking because if the water didn’t come out of his nose, he was fine!
So the next day I went feeding the horses as usual and I noticed yellow stuff pouring out of his nose again, and it wasn’t just a little, it was like water dripping out.
So I called he vet again and he said we should bring him to a hospital as soon as possible to flush his esophagus with water.
Pfew, what a surprise, that was a first for me!
This was all on a day that I felt extremely sick, I really only wanted to go to bed and sleep, I had to pack to go to LA the next day and I had so much work to do. But hey, animals and friends come first!
So of I went, putting on my muddy boots, attaching the trailer to my truck, and getting Gibli out of the pasture. Getting him in the trailer didn’t go that easy because he was so weak that he did not seem to react to any of my cues or movements, not even to the rope touching him. He seemed completely sedated.
But I said to him, hey Gibli, this is for your own good, if you want to feel better and have that shit out of your nose and throat, you need to get on that trailer! And so he did, amazing how they can understand so much.
The whole experience in the hospital was completely surreal, there were horses all around, and all of them nicely brushed, with fancy coats, leg warmers and shaved, the owners even had matching outfits, pretty freaking “Beverly Hills like” crazy. But what amazed me most is that none of them seemed to know how to handle their horses.
Maybe it’s just me, being in Parelli for so long I just can’t imagine that someone does not understand that a horse only gets more upset the shorter you hold the rope when he’s already stressed.
I mean if you were a bit worried about falling off a cliff or even damn scared, you wouldn’t want me to hold you there in a grip and not let you move around, or move away from the edge, right?
Even primates know this stuff, but anyways….
So Gibli stood there, coming straight out of the pasture, muddy and looking scruffy, me with muddy jeans, muddy boots, not showered because I was supposed to be in my bed resting, haha it was too funny!
The entire process of the flushing was interesting to me, I asked a lot of questions, was intrigued by the way they handled everything, every procedure went smoothly although there were about 4 to 5 people moving around. It truly was amazing.
I did have a difficult moment, it’s that moment that I always feel my heart shrinking and tears welling up, the moment an animal gets sedated.
Probably it has something to do with the fact that the animal gives away all control, it’s like their spirit just leaves their conscious mind and it hurts straight in my heart.
All the time the procedure was going on, Odette was trying to get to the hospital but had all kind of setbacks, by missing a train, a bus and she just arrived when everything was over.
And I truly believe it was fate, she wasn’t meant to see this as it would’ have hurt her too much. I mean blood was coming out his nose and mouth and he looked really stoned.
When she came in, she started crying immediately and I went to hug her and that’s where I lost it too, I couldn’t keep the tears in any longer….
Today Gibli recovered although they did need to drill a hole in his nose to drain liquid that was stuck in his sinuses or something, so they kept him for 1 week and Thursday I went to pick him back up with Odette, and here are a few very short movie files put together where you can see his head nicely shaved.
I also filmed some other “patients” as I felt sorry for them.
Thank you again dear readers for watching and keep an eye out for my very own video