In which Gene Autry sings my new theme song, and the sun shines on our trails
Spay Day + 17, and I'm back in the saddle again!
|Incision isn't very obvious anymore|
|Rocky leads the group past a stickley branch. NBD.|
When we got to "Fiddle's Hill", she took the lead, but rather than jetting up it as we usually do, we trotted up at a nice, easy 7mph jog.
|blue sky above and ears at the bottom of the picture = happiness|
* when in season: -1 (can't move, must stand and pee)
* on Regumate: 5 (get out of the way, trotting machine coming through!)
* post-spay: 5 (happy ears when leading the pack)
Showing discomfort while working:
* when in season: 5 (obviously uncomfortable and unwilling to move)
* on Regumate: 1 (no observable discomfort)
* post-spay: 1 (no observable discomfort)
Behavior in groups of horses:
* when in season: 4/1 (really friendly until suddenly she is NOT friendly at all)
* on Regumate: 3 (doesn't enjoy being in a group, but can handle herself mostly)
* post-spay: 3 (still doesn't enjoy being in a group)
* when in season: 5 (pees on the farrier, the dog, and anyone else dumb enough to get within a mile of her backside, squealing, stomping, lots of tantrums)
* on Regumate: 3 (can pee seductively at an 8mph trot, tantrums probably related to discomfort)
* post-spay: 1 (no inappropriate urination or flirting. no tantrums...so far...)
* when in season: 1 (Can't. Move. Must. Pee.)
* on Regumate: 5
* post-spay: 5
Willingness to EDPP (Eat-Drink-Pee-Poop)
* when in season: 4 (sometimes distracted by other horses)
* on Regumate: 5 ("FOOOOOOOOD!")
|post-ride bath at the trailer|
* when in season: 5
* on Regumate: 5
* post-spay: 5 (STB stands for stubborn!)
The major change I see so far is Fiddle's level of comfort while moving and working. She is at least as comfortable as she was while being dosed with Regumate, and shows no marish behaviors.
She hasn't lost an ounce of "gumption", as stallions are wont to do when subjected to brain surgery. She will still happily stomp any dog dumb enough to get under her feet, and will probably kick the face off of any horse foolish enough to crowd her rear cannons. She doesn't blindly obey me if she thinks that I'm wrong (or if she thinks she can convince me that I'm wrong).
She is, in other words, still a Dragon.
The hormones aren't completely dissipated yet, of course, and there's still healing going on internally.
|Left side incision site, Spay Day + 17|
|Right side incision site, Spay Day + 17|
Her task, for now, is to heal up and gradually get back into shape for endurance. If today is an indication, the trails ahead are bright and full of promise.
Life. Is. GOOD!