Well, here we are almost into December. Things have changed for sure here again. Survi had healed from his suspensory injury but a nagging back issue caused some concern for CB. As luck would have it, the breeders agreed to take him back and trade a mare for her to take instead. After some long weeks (more like almost 2 months) Survi went back to Pennsylvania and CB didn't take the new mare. Too many issues both seen and also looking into her future. In the meantime, Judy found a little Arab mare in the Carolinas that she bought. The shipper totally sucked and his truck "broke" down and he wouldn't communicate well with her and all was very stressful. As she waited to hear from the shipper, CB started looking at rescues. She found a little gray Arab mare at Camelot and scooped her up for the exorbitant price of $200! Not a bad catch. They both arrived safe and sound the other day. Kharma (CB's) has a bit of a snotty nose and some loose manure but no worse for the wear seeing as she was in an auction house. Roxy had a little runny nose too so the girls are on antibiotics to clear anything up. Kharma is also a bit on the rotund side....perhaps CB got a 2 for 1 special? Only time and a vet will tell.
On the Socks front.......he had a horrible setback and was EXTREMELY lame again. His ultrasound on the ligament looked good but the joint capsule itself was very inflamed. Not good. He got a round of steroids and more walking to do. He was still pretty lame again so back to Tufts he went for IRAP to be done. He got his 3rd and final one the other day and was still a 2/5 lame. Dr. Heidi Williams thought it may need more time...he may never fully come back or he may after 6 months to a year. Lovely. She was going to have a conversation with Dr. Jose Garcia (the surgeon) and we'd regroup from there. Lots of tears shed. I may never be able to ride my silly orange boy or maybe I can in a year. So much up in the air. It's amazing I haven't lost millions of pounds from stress!!! At any rate, during all this, I have to thank CB and Mary for letting me use their trailers and time getting Socks back and forth to all his appointments. Your friendship and help has helped me through this.
Guess I'll mention the grand old man in this as well. Zak managed to choke a few weeks ago on the little bit of grain he gets. With the help of Dr. Fred Nostrant, we got the crud passed and he was no worse for the wear. Now, he gets his grain wetted down and he seems to think he gets a mash every night and is loving it. Thank God! Other than that and his wonky leg, he seems to be enjoying life and is still kicking his stall and running people over when he can.
Where do we go from here? Heaven only knows!!!!! I may be busy crewing for Judy and CB....perhaps being able to rehab (again) with my boy and get riding again this summer...helping foal out the potential mystery baby.....or, I can write all this down in a country song and become ridiculously rich! At any rate, there's adventures ahead for us all!