What a year this has been! Wow. So many great moments, but also so many veterinary visits and darker days. 2015 has truly been a rollercoaster for us. Why does the world has to work that way?
Batman has been greater, stronger and more beautiful than ever, we have traveled a lot, had so many amazing journeys, photoshoots and moments together. Huge breakthroughs in the training – our relationship has been stronger as ever. I also started my blog as well, my Instagram became one of the most popular equestrian Instagram’s in the world, I signed with Alp-N-Rock, and so many other exciting things are happening! But there has been some trouble in our paradise for sure. Let’s take it all from the beginning …
It all started the day I found Batman lame in January. It did not seem very serious, but two days later he could barely walk and was in massive pain. My heart broke for him; it was so hard to see him suffer! I drove him to a clinic and we took x-ray of the entire leg, but found nothing. Painkillers for 14 days, and got better every day. The vet returned but he was still not 100% after 3 weeks of total rest. We then suspected something in his knee, and he got a shot of Hyaluronic Acid into the joint. I then started training again, and slowly, he felt fine. Thank God … After 6 years together without any lameness at all, it did not feel very good to go through that nightmare. I have never been as scared as I was during the x-rays!
Lame horses, lame horses everywhere. Fuck that shit!
In March, we had bad luck again. Batman had to be treated for Chiroptes Equi for a couple of weeks, and also got his annually vaccine. And the vaccine gave him an allergic reaction! He got sick out of nowhere, and I rushed to the stable as fast as absolutely possible. He got fine soon, but damn, it was a scary phone call to receive! “Your horse is hyperventilating and doesn’t look very good”, ugh.
Later in March we took Batman to the chiropractor for a checkup after the lameness. He did not feel 100% in his body and we found out that it likely was a muscle injury he had suffered from, and now it had caused a hell of a lot of trouble in the rest of his body. His back, pelvis, neck AND teeth were affected, and he had to get treatment on a regular basis.
In April, we fixed his teeth, and we discovered that Batman had carious, and could never eat pelleted feed again ever, or normal pelleted horse candy. YAY … I soaked all his feed already so that wasn’t a problem, but to never give him treats was not that easy to hear. We are into positive reinforcement, and I use treats in all training! GARGH! So then I had to start cutting carrots every single day and pray to God that Batman would not get tired of the taste.
2015: The year of carrots!
In June, we had bad luck again. Batman got hit by a tractor! Well done, Batman … He was hungry and on his way to the hay, but did not notice the tractor moving a big hay bale, and well, most superheroes can handle a tractor, right? But in the end, Batman is a horse, and got caught between the tractor and the hay feeder. That resulted in a 1 meter long scratch on his body, and he hit his pelvis again as well. It was a clean scratch and healed well, fortunately!
We continued to get his pelvis, back and teeth treated almost every month, because of the scar tissue from January’s accident caused problems.
The Bat-scar. Now it’s completely gone.
In October, all the horses at the stable got the cold. I measured Batman’s temperature every day, no fever, but lots of green mucus. We ran a few blood tests, and when the result came back we discovered an infection and lack of red blood cells. Why me … The vet recommended to test Batman for RAO, and at that point, I just felt that things could not get any worse!
That was some lazy weeks. On top of that, his hooves got bad. For the first time in his life, Batman got shelly hoof. He has never had so bad hoof quality before ever, and that sucked. A lot. He also had a hoof abscess, for the second time in his life, and the second time this year.
Bad hooves, I hate it!
In November, Batman had his accident at the trailer, and we did an endoscopy, to try to find out what caused all the mucus, which had now turned white. During the endoscopy we discovered a lot of slime in his airways, and took a cell test of it. I haven’t gotten the result yet, but I hope it isn’t anything serious.
But, what doesn’t kill you only make you stronger. None of our problems are very serious; it’s just the huge amount of them who bothers me. But we came us though it all, closer than ever and 100 experiences richer. December – come at me! And 2016, you better be good to us. My wallet can literally not take this anymore haha! And in the end … If there are no ups and downs in life, you are dead!
Have your horse ever been injured?