Success in the barn

lay-up horse in small paddock turnout

The horse boarding at Dragonfly Farms has had a busy and productive year.  Several horses with long recoveries ahead of them have had successful outcomes with heartwarming results. 

Houston - With a history of chronic colic including surgery and several stays at an equine hospital, he came from a farm with limited turnout and a structured work schedule.  He has been with us for over a year and is turned out on 6 acres of grass on pasture board.  It took Houston a few weeks to get used to his new life, but he has been happy and healthy and is now very attached to his 2 herd mates. 

Sunny - He came to us after a deep wire laceration to the back of his pastern severed his deep digital flexor tendon.  After surgical repair, he was brought to Dragonfly Farms for maintenance of his cast, IV antibiotics and pain management.  With a very poor prognosis, we worried about Sunny's outcome, but gave him the best possible care.  His other legs were wrapped for support.  After cast removal, it was important to keep a wedge taped on his foot to relieve the stress on the tendon.  With slow reduction of his wedge, physical therapy and proper management of his pain, we were all pleased to see Sunny be able to return to pasture soundness.  Recently I received a call from his owner letting me know that he was comfortable enough to return to light work under saddle.  What wonderful news!  These moments make all of the work and worry worth it!

Duke - This athletic young horse fractured his P1 and arrived here directly after his diagnosis.  With a non-displaced fracture, keeping him quiet and happy in his stall was our main priority.  With the use of occasional sedatives, decreased grain intake, a licket, stall buddies and a whole lot of hay we were able to keep him happy in his stall for the 5 months that it took for his repair.  We wish him the best of luck as he follows his return to work program and prepares to enter jump training.

Other cases that have kept us busy include numerous suspensory ligament injuries, both front limb and hind limb.  We have cared for a post-surgical roarer, who needed many regular medications, including throat sprays.  Severe corneal ulcers requiring consistent medication, a chronic laminitis, a horse with lymphoma and a post surgical colic have all kept us busy as well. 

The challenges and rewards of the lay-up horses are one of our favorite parts of keeping horses on the farm.  With two lay-ups in the barn right now, we look forward to seeing their progress over the next 3 months.