11/26/12 was a big day for young Troubadour. His gelding took place mid day and this is the story of what an amazing experience it turned out to be.
I will admit I was apprehensive of the event. I had never been on hand for a castration, had ideas of what was to happen, the process etc, but was aware of a few not good results and this added to my angst. I know thousands are done but I knew what I knew and that’s what stuck.
I have to give a big shout out to my vet , Keely Henderson of Lincoln VT. She has always been great and was very supportive to everyone concerned yesterday. Even when Tru was a bugger to get sedatives in. LOL!
Tru 6 months 12/11/12, Not weaned yet.
This is the absolute best thing I could have done. Clearly not the norm. The look on Keely’s face when she saw him suckle on Sarah prior to haltering. Tough! Love you Keely but this emotional tie and support made all the difference. Ill Thank Marcy Baer for suggesting it . I was going to wean him a bit ago as he was really drawing on Sarah. Instead I folowed my gut, and in turn Marcy’s words of experience , and asked Sarah to tough it out and beefed up her feed etc etc . I will make the break in a month or so, as it is happening anyway naturally. But when he seems more of an individual, Ill know its time to let Sarah have time with her own Mom and rest up. Tru will be with Popeye and Bill. Both good “Boys” to be with. He will learn his place! Horses are the best teachers!
I have seen him grow in independence and confidence over the last couple weeks especially. Tru looks to mom now for moral support. Some times he forgets the others in the herd have personal bubbles! Good lessons to learn. Herd dynamics 101!! He is learning to ask permission! Now that’s a novel idea eh?
Weeks Prior to the event I had researched my YL Essential Oils to aid in the process emotionally and physically.
I had Cistus on hand for emergency bleeding. Just in case. Other than that I had YL Myrrh to apply in the area prior to. I applied once earlier in the AM and again just prior to vet arrival. Its purpose in this case was as an analgesic. I also applied some YL Valor at poll and whithers to shoulders , rump and heels. Grounding and inner calm. Also on hand was YL Sacred Angel which has found a good place in my barn . YL Sacred Angel is best described like this. Imagine a Tsunami coming in and a surf board. You need to stay above the turmoil so you get on the surf board and ride the wave.
When the sedative was given we walked him to a better spot to lay him down. Towels under his head and one over his eyes the process began. I stayed by his head and stroked his neck. For me, seeing him fade to the ground was pulling to say the least. He softly fell into my hands and I followed him to the ground.
While the process began I reached for the YL Sacred Angel and applied some to my hands, held it to his muzzle and he took in a purposeful breath. After things were all done, I took the Sacred Angel and applied drops to the towel by his nose for him to breath in.
Tru laid there for an hr after , trying to get up once but realised he was not ready and laid back down. Vet left after half hr as he was so calm and sensible.
I sat with him till he began to nicker to his mom once and answered once to Granny up at barn who was looking for mid day hay. I could see his eyes getting more alert and next thing he made the effort to get up all the way. After doing so we stood together for a good 15-20 min, then he took a step or two and rested again . After an hr of being up we had made 2 circuits of the arena. I was following him, where ever he wanted to go. He set the pace. We had quiet talks and I assured him he was doing a great job. When he got wobbly I supported him with my body. He was very willing to accept the help. All this time Mom( Sarah) stood quietly in the temp stall, she enjoyed a flake of hay. It was so cold, Thankfully my one hand was patting him constantly on his neck as we strolled, and the other tuck in my coat holding the light lead line. Burr!
This time together was a real treat, at his expense :(
I would see him “Look” at me for reassurance. It was a deep look, beyond his yrs or months as it were. I knew I was being looked at in a new way. Sure I had taught or assisted him in learning things, but this was a “Thanks for being here” look. Very Different.
After an hr of learning to walk again, it was time to let mom out with him in arena and let them hang out together. First thing he did was nurse. No surprise! I had to convince Sarah she needed to let him at it , no issues this time. I left them for 1/2 hr to go warm up.
Upon my return Tru was settled quietly in an area of arena with Sarah not too far away.
I left them again for a bit longer. On my return, now 2.5 hrs post surgery, I haltered up and slowly we made our way to barn. A long night ahead, stall rest. Tru and Sarah hunkered down together. The bleeding was slowing, but still coming.
I went to feed an hr or so later and poor Tru was stiff in neck from injections and tension so he didn’t feel much like eating. Can’t blame him. Later on I came back to do night check and brought YL PanAway oil with me . I applied a few drops to my palm and rubbed it on the injection site and opposite side as well. I noted bleeding had stopped and I was happy to go to bed.
Next AM 11/27 I was anxious to see how he was. Warned he wouldn’t want to move, swelling etc etc. What did I see , a little nose poking out of stall bars, looking for breakfast! He ate right up, I opened stall door to paddock and he strolled out like nothing. Sarah went right out to walk around and he was right there. I was impressed. I thought to get a cookie and dropped 5 drops of YL Thieves oil on it and gave it to him. Gobbled it right up. Before turn out in big field with others I picked his feet and applied more Thieves oil there to boost the Anti factor!
Off he went to bother Mr. Bill and look for trouble. He was being a real pisser.
There was no need for me to instigate movement . He was good to go on his own. using the PanAway relived the pain and stiffness and becasue of the oils mindedness, they go where they are needed. Clearly they worked on him systemically!
He was tired at dinner today but still fine. I applied some more PanAway and gave a Thieves cookies before dinner.
When ever I went out to check him today, he would toddle right over. He would before too but now he comes with a different look. A different feel. We shared his big day and built new connections.
I learned a lot about Tru in this time. He impressed me so much with his very thinking manor. LBI I’m guessing! He knew enough to not panic, or go Right brain , and just chill till he could stand. He had support from his Mom right near by in temp panelled stall, me, and the oils. When he needed his mom , she was there, and was for the whole night to offer warmth and comfort. I have no doubt all these parts made this really good outcome what it was. Perfect!