In which Fiddle is un-stapled, re-collated, and healing up well!

Fiddle got released into a small portion of the pasture on Sunday, 10 days after Spay Day.  

The first thing she did was check the perimeter fence to see how much grass she had been allotted.

The second thing she did was pose for a photograph.
Pretty pony

Finally, she did what she's been longing to do:
Feels so good


Spay Day + 10  (some staples removed) right side
 I was able to pull out some of the staples myself.  However, it turns out that Fiddle doesn't much like being pinched by the needlenose I was using.
Spay Day + 10 (some staples removed) left side
 It also turns out that I am abysmally clumsy with the needlenose, and was getting worse with them, rather than better.   Sub-optimal. 

My choices:  
*  haul Fiddle to the vet clinic (40 minutes each direction) to have the staples removed.  That's a lot of diesel for 2 ounces of metal.

*  continue to fight with an increasingly-anxious Dragon about the pinchy-ness of needlenose.  That's a lot of dragon-osity that I prefer not to fight.

*  wait a few more days until Patty (who is a DVM in her day job) could come for a visit and pull those suckers out.  Patience is not my most outstanding strength, but this seemed like the best option.

Spay Day + 14, a few staples still in place, left side incision

Spay Day + 14, some staples still in place, right side
 Our first idea was to push Fee up against the stall wall; Patty could reach through and grab the staples from the safety of the aisle.  
Patty pulls, I push.  Not very successful.
 Except that Fiddle, who was actually trying to be good, indicated her discomfort with the procedure by stepping away from the way (and into me).  

Since in the olden days she would have kicked the wall, Patty, and me (all with the same foot at the same time), I consider avoiding to be an improvement...but not helpful when it comes to pulling stuff out.

So, we moved to the cross-ties.  We also added:
"that bag is cold and crinkly, and possibly dangerous..."
 an ice bag.   Numb up that incision area, and she won't feel a thing!

Except of course, that the ice bag is really scary.

Well.  Sorta scary.

Somewhat scary?

Oh, you have carrots?  I can eat carrots while you have the cold crinkly thing.
Ice bag + staple remover = happiness

 A few minutes later:
No more staples!  Spay Day + 14

Left side, Spay Day + 14
 Here's a carrot, you big sissy.

And then:  out to the big pasture, at last!

Good  <<--------------that's what it is.


  1. YAY!

    Did she have a specialized staple remover (I am imagining the alligator things everybody has in their desk) or did she just use hemostats? GOOD MARE! She looks great, no worse for the wear. Are you relaxing a little yet?

    1. It's a special thing. Sorry I didn't get a photo (bad blogger, no cookie!) Here's a link, though:

      It bends/pulls the staple without pinching the skin. Fiddle approves...(although the carrots helped with the approval rating, I think).

    2. It's not as visually impressive as the alligator staple puller, but it's pretty cool looking. And effective!

  2. Ya learn something new every day!

  3. So glad she's doing well - the incisions look great!

  4. It's awesome you both came through this so well. Also that she has made a triumphant return to doing what all horses do best: Eating.

    The big question:When do you get to put your wings back on and sit yourself, way, way, way back up there?

  5. Yay for Fiddle! Hope to hear she's back on the trail soon. :0)

  6. Yay Fiddle! Almost ready to go again. How soon can you ride her?

  7. The ice bag idea was brilliant.

    Also - she looks great. This post makes me happy :)
    So you know, I have several California horsefriends who are very anxious to hear about personality changes post-spay. Please continue to document.

    Hey, wanna hear a neat sign-off?

    See you in a month or so!

  8. Awesome, she looks great! So happy for you.

  9. First ride post-surgery is tomorrow. Forecast is for sunny and WARM (80F? Amazing!); we'll meet up early and ride slowly for a couple of hours. Can't wait!!!

  10. i rode coin today and it went well. i told the owner dude all about fiddle: ) he explained a lot to me about traber.

    coin is gorgeous, sweet, huge (withers soar over my head) (he's 178 cm) but not such an easy ride as i expect when i sit on a standardbred. he's a lookie loo.

    i'm invited back next weekend.

    oh, the trot. i have to tell you. the trot. i ROTFL as i trotted on him cuz it was so awesome. i *sat* his trot cuz it was just so easy. that horse was taking care of me to trot so slow and rhythmically. the owner said he cannot sit that trot, and he hates that trot, jostling him around. i loved it. i just sat a standie's slow trot, can you believe it!?

  11. Those good friends are worth their weight in staple pulling! :-)


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