Rocky's surgery has finally been scheduled for December 17th, I am feeling confident that we have the best vet attending to him. Because Rocky is older, the vet recommended doing bloodwork to ensure he didn't have cushings or another disease that would impede his healing progress. We got the bloodwork back this last Friday, he does indeed have cushings. He has been started on medication (let me tell you trying to figure out ways to get him to take a pill has been interesting), he will be on it for the rest of his life. Here is a link if you'd like to learn more about cushings. Looking back I can see small signs that I did not pick up on prior, while Daisy does not have similiar symptoms, I will be having her blood panel done this month as well since she will be nineteen this year. Thank you for keeping up with Rocky's progress!
If you enjoy podcasts, here are a few about PPID/Cushings
The Podcasting Equine Vets
Ask The Vet
Straight From the Horse Doctor's Mouth
Rocky had been displaying some issues urinating, he would go, but then look like he still needed to, but nothing would come out. I took him to the vet and they did a urine panel on him and said everything looked ok and that he maybe needed a bit more salt in his diet.
He continued to look like he needed to go more and more, he began to 'drop' more frequently, then he started to have incontinence. I took him back to a different vet for a second opinion. While we waited, inside finally since it was a very chilly, VERY windy MT morning, I walked Rocky around the exam area and let him investigate everything. We walked around he stocks (he is not a fan of those), then I led him THROUGH the stocks (open on both ends) way to go bud! And then he go to see and hear the ultrasound cart. He did so well, he generally is not super keen about the stocks and being at the vets as a whole.
The vet arrived and introduced himself to Rocky. He very quickly listed off things it could be causing his issues, and how we could go about testing for each issue, he was very knowledgable! His first recommendation was to do a rectal ultrasound on his bladder. Rocky is pretty squirmy for all shots, I don't blame him. Donkeys also have quite thick muscling on their necks and it makes it difficult to find a vein. Thankfully this shot was a bit easier than past ones and he quickly relaxed from the sedative.
The vet was able to successfully use the ultrasound machine on him and Rocky actually tolerated the whole situation better than I thought he would! I thought for sure there would be a rodeo and some kicking, but he didn't fight it too much, which made the whole thing go so much quicker. The vet found a calcium stone quite quickly and that was that. I got brought up to speed on what causes them, how they can be removed, recovery etc. It's big enough to require surgery, a little bigger than a golf ball. I'm looking forward to having him back to his old self, I can't stand the thought that something is hurting him or making him uncomfortable.
We are looking at after Thanksgiving for surgery, I will be getting his recovery room in the barn set up this week. I need to find him a little bell so he can summon me at will. :)
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These boots are available for sale currently.
I've decided to start naming my boot sizes after some of the donkeys that I have made custom boots for in the past, these are the 'Paulianne'. Paulianne was a grey overweight donkey resucued by Hithger, in Artois, Ca and later re-homed. Her new home had me make her fly boots.
Each pair of fly boots are handmade, in Montana, by me. Inevitably there will be variations in stitching and may not look perfect. And honestly, I'm a little out of practice, I used to produce boots a few years ago. These boots show just that, some of the stitiching spacing is off (thanks to my binding foot being out of adjustment), none of which affect the function of the boots.
Why did I choose these colors?
I started thinking about how flies see color. They obviously love my Daisy more than Rocky, but why? It's because of her color. I researched this more and found that yellow is the least attractive to flies..."A key to making the device effective was the discovery that flies are three times more attracted to the color blue than to yellow and that yellow actually seemed to repel flies." Why wouldn't I make them yellow? I am hoping to make the binding yellow as well.
These are sized medium, they should fit most large standard donkeys. They are ten inches tall and fabric to fabric are 10" in circumference, but can be easily fastened down to 7", absolute minimum circumference is 4.5". Please measure your animal before ordering.
Purchase them with confidence through Etsy, HERE.
Cleaned out the dressing room of the trailer, it was pretty disorganized after our last use. I utilized the Seasuckers to wrangle some of the gear! They're now securing the portable fence, table, chairs and mat in one corner (yes I threw some titan straps in there!) and I made a blanket bar with two on the wall! Now the rain sheets finally have a home! I love these things, yes I want to get more! Such a fast, strong, yet non permanent way to organize such an area. Oh, how awesome would a Seasucker - Titan Strap collaboration be!?!
Rocky & Daisy have their 'first' photoshoot! Yes, they have been apart of some other shoots, but this is the first one where they are front and center! I think they both did fantastic!
They endured numerous grooming sessions, I say this from Daisy's point of view because Rocky LOOOOVES being groomed, unless you bring out the blower. Yes, Daisy endured brushing and Rocky endured a few blower sessions.
When the donkeys have a gig, of any kind, grooming starts DAYS in advance. Donkeys are the sort of animal that the more dirt that is in their coat the more they're 'doing it right'. So, it's a lot of elbow grease and dedication on my part. In the end they come out looking pretty gorgeous! Nothing like some wavy Daisy rump hair shining in the sun!
This shoot went very well, the donkeys did way better than I did ( I was nervous!), but quickly warmed up to the two gals I was working with... I can't share too many details at the moment! But more is to come! Stay tuned!
The donkeys both got new britchens made for everyday use and a new set for their events, both made by me. I wasn't happy with the last set, so they both got upgraded. Huge improvement was going to a larger ring on Daisy's pack saddle, tightening up the latigo is SO much easier.
We are looking for a local beer vendor to be included in our upcoming photoshoot! Please email me at email@example.com to be considered!
Are you a floral designer? Would you like to make the donkeys a crown?
About the EventJoin us for our first annual Harvest Party, benefitting local non-profit Thrive, supporting the mission that all children deserve the opportunity to succeed. Local vendors, farm produce, food, drinks, free activities for the whole family, and live music. Here is the full schedule.
2pm-4pm: Free Activities including Farm Tours, Scavenger Hunts, Burro Walks by Big Sky Burro (sign up at the event for a time slot), Mini Fall Photo Sessions by Cathy Copp (sign up at the event for a time slot)
2pm Free Quick Pickling Demonstration by Karen @ Bodhi Farms
3:30pm Free Stacking Apples STEM Activity by Thrive
4pm-7pm: Live Music by the Molotov Trio
2pm-7pm: Farm produce, local vendors, food & drink will be available the whole time!
A portion of beer & wine sales will go towards Thrive, along with cash donations taken at the event.
Big Sky Burro
Kirsten Taylor Bakery
Ridgeline Spice Company
Sisters GF Bakery
Twelve Moons Products
Wild Yarrow Beads
Bodhi Farms Food:
Mountains Walking Beer & Regionally Sourced Wine
Chips & Salsa
Greek Garbanzo Bean Salad
Choripan Open Faced Sandwich (veggie/meat options
Here to share all my donkey related adventures....why? Because they're basically the best thing ever.