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Losing track.


I am losing track of the days now, good thing I am marking it on the calendar. Someone today told me Sonia is looking a little meatier than before – she couldn’t really see her ribs anymore. It was a relief to hear but I know we’re not out of the clear yet. To me she looks more thin than before but it’s hard to tell when you see her every day. Small changes are less apparent. Sonia is getting used to her daily morning ritual of… mommy comes to see me, she gets out the big nasty tube of medicine, makes me eat it then gives me a peppermint as a reward… Poor thing, it must really taste gross. I would imagine it being like crushing up some tylenol, soaking it with water to make  some sort of a paste then dispensing it on your tongue. It must be absolutely repulsive, however she is taking it well. Can’t ask for more right now considering we have three (plus) more weeks to go with this stuff.

The other day I went to the feed store and bought her some sweet feed to help boost her appetite. I bought two bags of Poulin Decade Eventer 10:10. It is helping her eat her Thyro-L supplement without having to soak her grain or add any oils to it. She is slowly working her way to getting a half scoop in the morning and a half scoop at night of this sweet feed with her regular grain. I am not too concerned about her getting hot as she is not really in any work program right now.

I am also up in the air about actually removing the SmartMuscle Mass supplement from her SmartPaks. I think I may just keep it on and not go with the Vitamin E and Selenium. My vet said she is getting enough of it from other sources and the Vitamin E and Selenium thing tends to be a bit overrated. I think I’ll just stick with the SmartMuscle Mass and forego the vitamins for now. It is just way expensive to have her on this along with the muscle and joint supplement. It would be over $100 a month, and being laid off from a job is hard to balance money issues. If it’s not one thing, it’s another. Unless I hear otherwise, I’ll just stick with what we have and what was recommended by the vet. Anyone out there have any insight to this?

The farrier comes up this  Monday, the 8th, to reset her front plates. I am contemplating just having him remove them. She goes barefoot after show season is over anyway and all through the winter. I guess she just has good feet for it (knocking on wood here). However, if she can bounce back from this EPM business quickly, we still have time to work her back into shape before the winter comes. We do have an indoor arena where we are, but when the winter comes, I get too cold and hate riding much. Hmm.

It was nice to hear a stable-mate’s husband tell me the other day that he has a soft-spot in his heart for Sonia. He said he really likes her and hopes she makes it through this unscathed. It was nice to hear someone say that out of the blue. She tends to have a way to capture people’s hearts. It’s one of the things I love about her – she isn’t mareish, she is sweet, calm and generally a good girl. Another stable-mate told me that Sonia has many people rooting for her and hoping for a full recovery. Now that was heart warming to hear. We aren’t alone in the battle.

Tomorrow’s another day.